Tesco approached Hornby as it made preparations for the festival, which it sponsors. The replica Tesco van will be sold alongside a restored full-size 1950s Albion delivery van. Whilst Hornby didn’t have a cast for an Albion model, the company found original casts for a Pantechnicon van which was widely used during the era. Hornby then used the original casts and reconfigured its manufacturing line to produce a one-off run of 3,000 vans.
The van will be sold in specially produced packaging inspired by traditional Hornby designs.
Damien Collett, Premiums manager at Hornby Hobbies, said: “We’ve been making toys and models for over 100 years so had plenty of experience to draw on when Tesco approached us to contribute to their stand at Goodwood Revival. We’ve really enjoyed recreating the famous van celebrating Tesco’s fabulous heritage, and hope that all the festival goers like it. We’re sure it’ll look the part at the Tesco toy shop, and that it will be a fantastic collectable keepsake for those who are lucky enough to get one on the day.”
Natalia Munro, a toy buyer for Tesco, added: “It’s been great working with Hornby to produce the replica van. They’ve got such a long history and were the perfect partner to make something really authentic. I’m sure that visitors to Goodwood will love being able to see the original van and its miniature counterpart.”