They did indeed go bust.[/u]I used to work at Chris Hudson International in the traffic office.
When I joined (1975/6) I was responsible for making sure Ford Halewood had enough empty trailers and arranging units to drop and collect, shipping via Felixstowe-Europort Ro Ro.
They were sticklers for getting the CMR signed AND stamped,and if you didn't,then they wouldn't pay you.
Kirbs50Hi Kirbs, do you know what the connection was ( if any ) between Chris Hudson International and CHET TRUX who ran out of I. Can't remember, but I think the rate was 15p or 55p a mile in the early 80's. No mobile phones, so drivers had two numbers to call, Import (I'm at Felixstowe and need another trailer) and export (I'm empty, where do I go now? I remember clients seemed to think we were running an airline rather than a road haulage company - 'where's my trailer, it's 15 minutes late'.It was there that they took over the adjoining warehouse and developed the monoframe chassis with airbag suspension, which was going to change the world. There was also a depot at Beckton, then the company moved to Harold Hill, just off the A12. I suppose that this would have been in the early 80s, and I vaguely recall the trailer having a tilt body. I used to work at Chris Hudson International in the traffic office.There were some very good people involved in CHI, but you had to be carefull - lots of family connections working under one roof. When I joined (1975/6) I was responsible for making sure Ford Halewood had enough empty trailers and arranging units to drop and collect, shipping via Felixstowe-Europort Ro Ro.all came with literally 100's of pictures dating back to before WW2 , and a depth of knowledge of the companies history that was astounding.The results of this small meeeting will be produced in our magazines at some point, however it does bring to light the need to archive the history of not only this company but other iconic hauliers.