The Huntingdon-based operator ordered the FH16-750 Globetrotter XL shortly before its managing director was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia, the FH16-750 features special livery, including portraits of Motward’s founder, and Jason’s father, Ken Tolhurst, plus grandfather Charlie, by renowned artist Matt Paint.
The show truck was also given a makeover by custom truck specialist Tranz Tech, of Wisbech. Tranz Tech says the project was one of the largest it has ever undertaken and included a custom rear bumper, custom side bars with exhausts incorporated, a hidden on-board water tank, bull bar, top and bottom laser lights, hidden strobes and a significant overhaul of its lighting system.
“Building up to our 40th anniversary we knew it needed to be something special,” says Andrew Armiger, Motward’s transport manager.
“We’ve had Volvos since 1995, they are good, reliable trucks. We particularly like the latest version FH. They are a great product,” he says, noting the support delivered by the dealer.
Armiger was able to show Jason Tolhurst photographs of the vehicle before it was delivered: “He was so happy with the outcome, it was even better than he expected. He just didn’t get to see it in the flesh.”
The customised truck eventually led the funeral procession to Cambridge crematorium, followed by the rest of Motward’s fleet.
Armiger says: “I’d known Jason for 26 years and worked for him for 15 years. His lorries were his passion. He used to be a driver, so therefore knew what a driver wanted and needed. This meant he always wanted the best specification for the vehicles.
“Jason was a great man to work for, who was not only a brilliant boss, but also a good friend. As a company we now want to push forward and carry on the legacy in his honour.”