It is a big beast - a magnificent knight of the road
- bold and broad with Volvo's signature grille, skid plates at the front and rear and bold chrome roof bars.
But if, of late, Lady Luck had invited this knight of the road
to feast on fish, chips and a plump pickled gherkin, he would not have been welcome at all - or "at all, at all", as my old mother might have said with a gentle tinkle in the refined Scottish accent that clung to her down the years like skin on haggis.
The knight of the road
who came to my rescue this time was Mick Hunt from Bradley.
Nigel Featham, managing director for Arriva North East, said: "The Ultimate Knight of the Road
is the only award which is nominated by our passengers and this is what makes it so special.
He was a real knight of the road
, a gentleman - and there are not many left
A colleague unkindly points out that I look like more like Toad of Toad Hall than a knight of the road
, but the Lancia's owner Ken Prichard-Jones approves.
Former Heavy Goods Vehicle instructor and driver Mr Roberts, who won Knight of the Road
awards for his driving, said: "I had to go for an assessment at Bodelwyddan which was in English, although I had asked for a Welsh assessor.
Gareth Morgan's Knight Of The Road
, trained in Pembrokeshire by Beverley Thomas, and well ridden by Kyle Yates, was an easy winner of the first division of the open maiden coming home 25 lengths in front of Little Miss Monty partnered by Emily Farr whose mother Shan and father Ross are both former Welsh champion riders.
He clearly relishes his role as a knight of the road
as he promotes Toyota's Grand Suite New Alphard in the ad, which will only be shown in the Far East.
And while he may be a knight of the realm now, his days as a council knight of the road
posed different challenges.
Rule changes giving greater independence in dealerships have been described by the North-East's knight of the road
Sir Peter Vardy as the industry's biggest catalyst.
It would have made my search for a snow-covered knight of the road
a lot easier - had I been able to get a message saying they were off the road.