Special Edition Trucks

What do you want in a special edition?

If you wanted one thing in a special Edition truck what would it be? Stereo system? Metallic Paint? Alloy Wheels? Top of the range engine or a choice so company bosses can still buy the most fuel efficient? Leather seats? Have a think and comment below. If someone has already answered then perhaps suggest something else. In my book of the trucks on the European market I think Volvo seem to have it about right. It seems that the Special Editions those from Gothenburg offer have minimal options to chose from. I think this is right, right? Why have a special edition if there is a load of options to choose from? Surely then it becomes a fairly normal production truck? Take the Canadian Edition Peterbilt I blogged recently, the options list on that is virtually none existent as it comes with all the bells and whistles and a special paint job. Where as looking back at the Scania Centurion, it was 100 hundred trucks that in the main started out as big power, newest cab but supposedly became a choice of which ever cab and which ever engine. Surely then your just buying a truck with a set of special badges? This little blog does have a purpose so all feedback and comments will be read and taken into account. 

For me it’s a couple of engine options as I don’t think it’s fair just to go billy big power. I think the physical truck itself needs to be all singing all dancing otherwise it’s not special. And finally any options such as paint need to be a minimal number, perhaps two or three choices maximum. I think the specification has to be set and the choices very limited. Now it’s over to you, the drivers and the owners are those who need to respond as your the ones who’ll spend the time and money on such a beast. Please get commenting!! 

WSi ACH Model 

One of the best retro companies in the UK for me, Aston Clinton Haulage or ACH are sadly consigned to the great truckstop in the sky. I have a close affiliation to ACH and because of that I started and still run the ACH Facebook page, seemingly with the blessing and backing of ex drivers and also owners. The idea of an ACH model truck isn’t a new one but it is one that is getting a lot closer to reality. With the expertise and persistence of Steve Bowden, the owner of Anglo Dutch Model Trucks Ltd, Steve now has permission from the Fowler family and is ready to start finalising the model. This is crunch time. The most likely model will be a 1/50 scale WSI and the most likely combination is a Volvo F12 Globetrotter with a rear bogie lift, hooked up to a blue tilt trailer, much the same as the photo above.  The main problem for Steve Bowden is knowing how many to make and also how much to sell for. They will be produced in a limited one off production run and will end up (hopefully) around the £130 mark. Steve is looking for guidance from you all to see if it’s all plausible. The truck is very likely to be a Volvo as I said, so please comment and say “yes please” if your keen and would like to get your hands on one. All feedback is likely to end up in the production of this model, so please have your say and make this model happen! 

Can I have £2 Please??

I’ve always wanted to try one of these social media experiments. You know the ones where the power of the internet makes something seemingly impossible, possible. I’d love to get back to having my own truck for shows and Sundays out and about as well as it being a source for new blogs. Also I fear that by the time I can fully afford one then there won’t be any left!! So if we were in a truckstop and I came and asked you for £2, not to borrow as who knows when we’ll meet again (some sunny day?!) but “Can I have £2 please?” I’ve had this before when a man in need asked for a couple of quid at Chippenham truckstop so he could get a shower. Of course I obliged as we are all drivers and in days gone by would always help each other when we can. I wondered if the same principle would work on the blog to help by a TB show truck. You might think I’m nuts but I now have the following blog followers; 

  • 1756 on Twitter
  • 3071 on FB page  
  • 4961 on TB email 
  • Total  Followers: 9788

For those capable of simple maths, if I could get every one of you to donate a minimum of £2, then I’d have more than enough to join the classic truck club! If some of you were willing to donate more then even better. What’s more I could put every name of the donators on the truck some how. 

So how about it?? Will you donate £2 or more to the cause? If you are a kind person then I think you’d happily donate to such a social experiment. 

My PayPal account is: ben@truckblog.co.uk

If only we could make this happen, it would become so we’ll known that I might start getting some national coverage! This is a donation and if your willing then it won’t be refunded. Come on it’s only two quid and you’ll have made a huge difference to my life. Come on help me out please driver?! 

PayPal: ben@truckblog.co.uk 


 

Small is Beautiful


We are now 10 years down the road here on the blog and if there are any of you first blog readers still here, then it’s time you…….no no, then most of you will know that I love a little truck with a big cab and the icing on the cake is one that does international work! For me the perfect example are the two little trucks you see above. A good pal of mine spends many a Wednesday doing what we’d all love to do, he stands on a bridge over the M20 in Kent photographing all the trucks, mainly those heading to or from the UK’s main link with Europe, Dover Docks. All of the photos in this blog are all taken and copyright to Neil Jarrold. Without Neil I’d struggle to see quite so many of these delightful little motors from my office in Ipswich! The little Italian TGL LX above just oozes something that flicks my switch, big cab, smart paint, tidy bodywork, big fuel tanks and foreign number plates! You could get me into that truck and send me to Italy everyday even if you offered me tractor and trailer instead. Bellissimo. 


So it needs a big cab, it needs to be international and the only way to hit perfection is add on a little fridge body. Bingo!! I know the little Pulleyn Ategos used to go far and wide hence the TIR board but once again the little MAN just looks the ticket. Maybe as I had a little MAN 7.5 tonner I’m a little biased but the little German is the best thing in the MAN range by a very long way. 


How about a little DAF? Well the small problem with the LF is that they don’t do their own big cab, you need to look for an aftermarket one. A local company to me Hatcher Components do a marvellous twin bunk “Sky Cab” conversation for the little Dutchman and I have to say it is once again rather splendid. Painted properly the DAF is as gorgeous as it Dutch roots, a real head turner. 

I still don’t really get why I like them quite so much, even a mini artic does the trick and has that certain, Je ne sais pas quoi. The one thing I do know is, every time I see some of Neil’s photos capturing their journeys doing as many miles as any of their bigger cousins across Europe, it always makes me want to get back to it. As I have certainly said before, if I’d managed to stop in my little MAN and actually speak to another now friend of mine, Steve Marsh, then just perhaps I could still have my own little big cabbed truck. I like it when I get talking to some of you lot and I often get the impression we could be talking about any hobby or passion. Some of you like heavy haulage, some tippers, some Foden’s and I guess for me, my “speciality” is little big cabs. But then again as with anything, variety is the spice of life and trucks are no different. I’d be a boring old truck show if we all liked the same thing! Thanks to Neil Jarrold for the photos. 

Peter is Finally Bilt!!

I’ve finally got my hands on, what is already, my favourite badge to adorn the walls of TBHQ!  Awesome, authentic and straight off the front grille of an 18 wheeler. Knowing it’s been round the USA a few times makes it far better than a brand new  one in my book. I’ve wanted one for ages but you’d be amazed at how difficult it is to buy a Peterbilt grille badge from here in the UK. Luckily for me the one and only Geoff Byford (yes he of Western Star fame!) picked this one up for a snip from a scrap yard in Nashville, Tenesse. I just think it’s brilliant and will be pride of place once the new TBHQ is open. 

#realdeal #americanmetal #needmorewallspace #thanksgeoff #peterbilt 

Peterbilt Special Edition 

Not often I get to feature press releases from outside of Europa but I’m very pleased to say that my American favourites, Peterbilt, have gladly sent over a press release for a new speacial edition 389. I’ll hand you over to the people from Denton, Texas. 

PETERBILT MODEL 389 CANADIAN 150TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION 

Peterbilt announces the Model 389 Canadian 150th Anniversary Edition to salute Canada’s history by combining the industry-leading quality and performance of the Model 389 with distinctive styling and exclusive Canadian features.
“Canadian owner-operators and premium carriers can honor Canada with the addition of Peterbilt’s Model 389 Canadian 150th Anniversary Edition,” says Kyle Quinn, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Senior Vice President. “It delivers proven productivity, dependability and uptime combined with unique styling and understated elegance.”
The Model 389 Canadian 150th Anniversary Edition is configured with a 131-inch BBC and can be spec’d in 72- and 78-inch sleeper configurations.
Exterior features of the Model 389 Canadian 150th Anniversary Edition include:
– Louvered grille sheet reminiscent of the 1950’s Model 351 grille;

– Exhaust Stacks etched with “Canada 150”;
– Bright bumper with 150th Anniversary emblem;
– Bright rocker panels, cowl skirt and sunvisor;
– Polished battery box, fuel tanks and quarter fenders;

– Numbered Canadian 150th Anniversary Emblem on each side of the sleeper; 

– Special formulated Legendary Canadian red paint color.
Inside the cab, the Canadian 150th Anniversary Edition has exclusive features and branding that includes:
 Platinum-level Arctic Gray interior with a dark top dash with blackwood finish accents on the dash, doors, manual transmission shifter knob and sleeper cabinet trim; Peterbilt Premium Leather Seats Featuring a Maple Leaf on the Headrest; and Stylized steering wheel.
“The Model 389 Canadian 150th Anniversary Edition holds its own among Peterbilt’s most iconic trucks,” Quinn says. “Through unparalleled performance and unique design, it commands attention and furthers our tradition of providing trucks with industry-leading quality.”
The Model 389 Canadian 150th Anniversary Edition is available now for order through Peterbilt dealerships with production scheduled for May 15, 2017.