Re. today's post with the Beer Delivery pictures from 1968,
the photo of the Watney Dray was used as reference for the model here. It was a gyro, Hong Kong model of an Austin 200 that became the prototype for a number of similar toys that I motorised with Scalex transmissions.
They would shoot round the race track shedding barrels and crates of bottles to the enjoyment of the kids playing with them. The Britains tractor driver is there for scale.
The whole thing being 1/32 scale. The red barrel was from a keyring like yours! This one will be restored soon as it had been damaged in storage.
The Tri-ang Minic Watneys lorry is based on a real tanker that Watneys used clad in wood to look like a barrel.
I used to see the real one making deliveries and really wanted this toy having seen it in the Minic catalogue. Fifteen years later I told this to a friend when in college and they gave me this sample for my 21st birthday.
It was the inspiration for the racing version.
Another of the Minic range of clockwork tinplate toys was the same cab unit without the red barrel with an open trailer full of wooden barrels marked as TOYTOWN BREWERY. Very enlightened.