For Sale: 500hp Magnum

I’ve always banged on about Renaults legendary, flat floor pioneer the Magnum. Often wondered if Magnums should be a pop-one-in-the-back-of-the-shed for a rainy day type truck or if they will disappear and become just figment of our imagination. I guess only time will tell. In the mean time if anyone wants one that’s in good condition but with no current MOT, look no further;

  • Renault Magnum 500bhp
  • Reg 01/03/2007
  • 800,000kms
  • Auto gearbox
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fridge
  • Sliding 5th wheel
  • Light Bar
  • Large Fuel Tank
  • £6,000 + VAT

Message or email me if you want me to put you in touch. For work or just to get your hands on a future retro show favourite!


The Photos of David Wakefield

A photo book by Nick Ireland celebrating the amazing photo collection of truck spotter and Driver, David Wakefield. So many of these amazing photo collections that have captured the golden years of trucking must get chucked out in house clearances and big clear ups it doesn’t bear thinking about. If only I had had the time and patience to photograph everything I saw coming in and out of Braintree during the 1980’s I would have a fair photo collection myself! Thanks to Nick Ireland we can all enjoy some of the best photos taken by David Wakefield. Don’t just think it’s a pure photo album, it’s not. The author has done a lot of research into each of the photos included in the book. Researching the truck, the photo, the driver or what ever could still be found, it really is a little masterpiece of UK haulage companies as well as the comings and goings of Dover docks.   It’s pretty difficult for me to write too much about this one or perhaps I mean show too many photos and images to tempt you as that would just take away the enjoyment of sitting down with a cuppa and thumbing through the book. It’s so nice to see that finally there is a publisher in 5M Publishing the owners of Old Pond Publishing who have realised that there is a lot of interest and popularity in books about trucks and all of those who are and were involved in the industry that keeps everything moving. Congratulations to the publishers, Nick Ireland and David Wakefield for a thoroughly enjoyable book and hopefully what I’d like to the first in a couple of books perhaps. 

If you want to buy a copy of the book then please just click HERE

Alternatively go to the Old Pond website and have a look at everything by clicking HERE 

Wilson Wednesday 

  A little Wilson Wednesday just for a change. It was a bit of a last minute one but even so a few photos to keep you all on your toes. The bright red trucks of HC Wilson from Elmswell spend their weeks pounding the roads of the U.K. and Europe. For those who might be unfamiliar to WW, it’s a feature I’ve run since I once worked for said red trucked haulier. So starting us off is a photo from one of the Wilson brothers themselves. Simon Wilson is a secret truck spotter and I’m sure he has a vast collection of photos that he keeps to himself most of the time. This picture is of R60 HCW loaded in the yard with a chunky-spud of an excavator. This load looks like a UK job rather than an export/import.    First up on the road is driver Slim Godfrey and Doris DAF. Above is the export, an extendable load out to the Netherlands and then below is today’s reload and import from Germany back to the UK.

Next is top Wilson Subbie Mike Tasker and his delightful Scania R560. A true owner driver machine, all the bells, whistles and creature comforts and I would stake a claim that it is probably one of kind here in the UK. The spec list is huge and uses Scania’s vast experience of heavy transport to produce a truck that gives  Mr Tasker a truck capable of any job that HC Wilson give him. This is a fairly modest reload from the Middle East….sorry the Middle East of Germany!

It’s not all Germany UK work, although reading this blog you could begin to think so. Driver Geordie and his truck, European Charger, have been on UK work today, running about delivering new CAT machines from Purfleet to Cannock. Looks a treat!  

Thanks to all the drivers who took part, we mustn’t leave it as long next time!!


Corrr-Fu’ Trucks ere Ba!

  That’s Suffolk speak by the way. Every summer holidays I receive a motley selection of photos usually from the various port towns around the Mediterranean. My old boss man, Simon Wilson, often spends his holidays taking my kind of holiday snaps. Sorry my 2nd favourite kind of holiday snaps! This year I received a few emails from Mr Wilson and I have to say once again the standard of trucks is still very impressive. Perhaps even more impressive is that all of these old buses were found on just one Greek island, Corfu.    

   This year the Wilson family holiday was a static one on the Greek island of Corfu. I know the Greeks love their trucks and it’s evident that Corfu is no different to the mainland. Lots of old glory still turning a wheel in sunnier climbs. One thing I have noticed is that quite a few of the tractor units appear to be on Bulgarian number plates, have a look at the two trucks below.

   Both trucks have Greek names or livery on but are still bearing, what seems to be Bulgarian plates. We are know the distinctive small, yellow Greek style number plates and these are clearly missing on these two trucks. May be its just a batch of ex Bulgarian trucks that have been exported to Corfu, or may be there is a bigger connection that I’m missing. What else is still evident is the Greek love for V8’s and big horsepower trucks. A good selection of 500’s, R164’s and a lovely silver 610 Volvo FH.    

 Its always a pleasure to see a line up of old motors still in daily use. It’s also a pleasure to receive emails with such photos. If you find something on your holidays then please feel free to email me, and I will happily post them up on the blog. Just make sure it’s not the other sort of holiday photos! Thanks to Mr Wilson for the photos and as always I will look forward to seeing next years!