Random ramblings and things that are, well, random and informative. All photos used within are copyright Joe Hupp (or their respective owners) 2012-2015 and do not belong to the public domain. Any unauthorised use may lead to civil action. Feel free to reblog my posts
This is the latest book from Australia’s #1 Rural Lifestyle Photographer, Alice Mabin. The Driver: Australia and New Zealand on the back of a truck is the culmination of 18 months of hard work and dedication of both Alice and all the drivers and companies involved. The companies involved range from one truck operations such as Steve Grahame and Glenn “Yogi” Kendall (Kendall Trucking, Katanning, WA) to big companies such has Toll, Rod Pilon Transport of Dubbo, NSW, Followmont Transport and more. The reason behind this book is an accident Alice had in 2015 – a truck lost control on a wet road and hit her car, causing it to be a write-off. This caused Alice to think about writing a book about trucks – this is actually thee end result. And it’s going to go a long way to making people aware about trucks and their highly important role on Australia’s roads.
Rod Hannifey and the Truckright Industry Vehicle are featured for the vital job Rod does promoting road safety around trucks – this is also what Alice has set out to do with this book….. so it was natural that Rod would be featured!
I personally have met Rod and he is a great bloke with a very important role to play in advocating road safety around trucks. Not a lot of people understand that trucks can legally take up both lanes at a roundabout or traffic lights!
The Stephens family have been producing honey in Tasmania for many years. One of their lines is Leatherwood Honey – the north-west coast of Tasmania is the only place where the leatherwoods grow and they only flower for a month every year. So it’s vitally important that Ewan and his brothers get the bees up to the trees as quickly as possible as it’s a 600km round trip from their base in Mole Creek.
Fonterra Group is one of the biggest dairy co-operatives in Australia and New Zealand. Their trucks in NZ cover a awful lot of distance collecting the milk from all the dairies across the country.
Mainfreight is a global logistics company with head office based in New Zealand. Their business is global parcel transport and freight on-forwarding across the world. They also have a business in Australia with depots across the country.
All in all, a bloody good book that profiles road transport in a positive light – I rate it 10/10….
Available from all good bookstores and newsagents (stockist list is on the website below) or from Alice direct:
Website: http://www.thedriverausnz.com – if you order online, use the code TheDriver2016 and Alice will sign it for you!
I got mine through The Book Connection in Dubbo, NSW – you can ring them on 68823311 (02 68823311 outside NSW) and they will send it to you anywhere in Australia!
Well – the dates have been set for the next Haulin’ The Hume Road Run. The dates are Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, 2017.
Starting from Clarendon Showground near Windsor, the trucks then join the route from there to Yass along the old Hume Highway alignment which is mostly private property these days. I will be your roving HTH reporter as I will be there accompanying a mate of mine in his White Road Commander
You can find out more by private messaging Bruce Gunter, the founder of HTH or visiting and joining the Haulin’ The Hume – Highway 31 Road Run Facebook group here: Haulin’ The Hume – Highway 31 Road Run
I was very fortunate to be able to photograph this beautiful Ned Kelly themed 1994 Western Star 5964 prime mover (tractor unit) while I was in Tamworth, NSW, Australia recently. The truck is owned by Andrew “Scuzzy” McSweeney of ScuzzTrans Container Transport in Brisbane, Queensland and is used daily on the docks at the Port of Brisbane shifting containers on and off the wharf.
Time to profile The BossHoss – a country band from Germany. This is their song, Flaming Star – this was written by the boys as a promotional song for Mercedes-Benz Trucks and, in particular, their Actros model
Here’s a little video showing off an Actros 1860 – video thanks to Erikas Curanovas via Mercedes-Benz Trucks – Trucks you can trust:
I’d like to profile the Truckright Industry Vehicle, a initiative of Rod Hannifey and Rod Pilon Transport, both of Dubbo, NSW, Australia. The aim of the TIV is to make other motorists aware of the trucks around them…. here are a few videos of the TIV:
TIV Video 1:
TIV Video 2:
TIV Video 3:
Preview of the TIV from Howard Shanks from Australian Roadtrains in Action:
Technology in the TIV is as follows:
1. Clean Euro V Cummins ISX engine
2. Eaton Ultrashift Plus Automated manual transmission
3. ABS, EBS, FUPS, Kenworth EBSS (incorporating ESP, ATC and ACB)
4. Road monitoring equipment (uses transducers on the truck’s rear airbag suspension to send data to a computer terminal in the cab which Rod can then have downloaded to send to relevant road authorities in the state/territory of travel)
5. Aerodynamic vortex generators (or AirTabs – improves fuel efficiency)
6. Groeneveld Automatic greaser
7. Tyre pressure monitoring system (incorporating temperature monitoring)
8. On-board load scales
9. Front and rear cameras
10. Fuel efficient Michelin multi-life tyres
The title says it all, really – I am an avid fan of their products. Here are a couple of my favourites!
This coach is the coach I often travel on with Langley’s Coaches of Dubbo, NSW, Australia. This ex-Australia Wide Coaches 2007 K470EB 6×2*4 is their largest single deck coach without having to resort to the “Super Deckers”.
If you are a Scania truck fan, you’d know they use both 6 cylinder and V8 engines. I am a definite V8 fan – this big 2003 R164G V8 580 8×4 tilt tray calls my home town home and is owned by a former parts shop owner….
This video is of the R164G running and revved up while the owner was adjusting the steer axle airbags:
This is an exterior walk around of the K470EB 6×2*4: