Viking owes it's entire continued existence to the LMM Community. It was they who suggested trying to save it, and then when Lawrie put the idea out there, it was they who donated the money to make it happen.
This is the machine we saved from scrap. To all of you who helped, you're awesome.
Current Status - Operational
Viking has had a hard life. The registration tells us that the vehicle was first registered in 1970, but wasn't built until 1973. We have no idea what happened there. It's certainly had a hard life, of which we know little about, ending up being used by a self build project, and on competition being dropped off at the scrap yard, where it was destined for the scrappers torch.
Enter Lawrie, filming part of his walk around collecting parts for the Dennis RS130. Acquiring it was never part of the plan, but there was sufficient interest from the community for Lawrie to voice the idea, and 8 hours later, the money was there, and the newly christen 'Viking' came home to the Shed.
Since then, it's had an engine service, many pipes replaced, and is in a functional condition. It requires a vast amount of time and effort to sort everything, and is the single worst vehicle Lawrie has ever had the displeasure of working on, being a standard 1.5 tonne Massey 40 Tractor, with 5 tonnes of front loader, cab and rear actor being stacked on top, making almost everything completely inaccessible.