The original Eminox custom stack, favoured by truckers and truck enthusiasts for generations, is still ‘alive and kicking’, and can now be found in a dedicated section on the company’s website.
The website, www.eminox.com, brings the classic Eminox stack – with its long heritage and quality pedigree – right up-to-date with the latest photography. The site also showcases a wide range of other custom exhaust systems. Eminox custom exhausts can also be found Facebook and Twitter accounts. Visitors are encouraged to post images of their own installations of the original stack and other Eminox custom exhaust systems on the following social media channels:
Owners and drivers who enjoy customising their trucks and appreciate the deep, resonant sound and highly polished stainless steel heatshield of the Eminox classic stack, will find the new website and social media platforms a great source of inspiration. Introduced in 1978, the Eminox stack retains its iconic look, but can be fitted to modern vehicles equipped with exhaust after-treatment systems, without affecting Euro 4 and 5 emissions compliance. Euro 6 options are also available on request. The vertical stack directs exhaust gas overhead and is therefore ideal when operators work in close proximity to the vehicle. The system can also provide additional ground clearance and free up more chassis space, allowing for paint customisations, larger fuel tanks and crane installations.
“We’ve been manufacturing our original stack since 1978 and although the design and aesthetic appearance have remained largely unchanged, it is compatible with the latest exhaust after-treatment systems.” said Bob Wheeler, Branch Manager at Eminox, Stoke-on-Trent.
“That means customers can have the best of both worlds – vintage design and a vehicle which is fully compliant with current emissions legislation. Creating dedicated pages on our website should reassure owner/drivers and truck enthusiasts that the original Eminox stack is very much ‘alive and kicking’.” The company offers a complete design and manufacture service of stainless steel single and twin vertical stacks, and bespoke tailpipe or side pipe conversions, installed on-site at Stoke to the highest standard.
To view the full custom exhaust range, including the iconic stack design, please visit:
To enquire about an exhaust conversion, please Call: 01782 206300 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We met at the gates of the external warehouse Mclaren have in Maidenhead at the ungodly hour of 02:30 on Tuesday 3rd May, the day after a bank holiday Monday that should have been spent sitting in the garden drinking beer until late. It had only taken me an hour and a half to get there, but the lads I was meeting had travelled from the Doncaster area and had set off around 22:00. Once the gates were unlocked we loaded up the 5 trucks with our personal gear, and started to get acclimatised to the cab switches and layout, something which didn’t take me long as I drive Volvo’s regularly, but for the other drivers who are only used to Mercedes it took a bit longer. These 5 trucks had been previously bought over to Maidenhead and connected to the trailers that are stored here during the off season, there is simply not enough room in the cramped factory yard for all the trucks so they are dotted around various yards in the south. We ended up leaving around 03:30 (after I tried to wake up the neighbourhood after mistakenly hitting the panic button on the keyfob whilst doing my daily checks!) and headed off to Portsmouth via the M4/A34 route where we would all converge. We were also to have a representative from Volvo along for the trip to help iron out any problems, and assist the long term Mercedes users with any queries, most of the Mclaren drivers have never driven anything different! On the A34 we stopped at Sutton Scotney services and here’s the bit most involved in haulage will not understand. My truck and another three had already been filled up prior to being dropped off in Maidenhead as they were delivered with very little fuel. My colleague’s truck had not, so bearing in mind the Volvos have huge fuel tanks on them, and we were heading for Spain via ferry, he filled it up! This was repeated with some of the other trucks on route to Portsmouth elsewhere, and it was something I found it very hard to understand.
Our route out of Britain was via the 30hr Portsmouth to Bilbao Brittany Ferries crossing, advertised as a ‘no frills economy service’, and it certainly was! As per other Brittany ferries out of Portsmouth you have to drive the truck on, spin it round 180 degrees and reverse into a slot assisted by crew member. Some are better at directing than others and tempers can fray between drivers and loaders. The trucks are packed in tight like sardines, with mirrors being folded in flat. Our lead driver who drives the Centre Atrium trailer, a large tarpaulin covered load that has an overhang at the back, was backed into his space but the loader failed to notice the large overhang and as a result backed him into the roof spotlights of a Spanish truck! Out came the insurance forms! We sailed at 08:45 on Tuesday and docked at 14:15 Wednesday into a sunny and warm Bilbao. We exited the ferry and grouped up in the parking area to hand out French/Spanish toll tags to those who’s trucks hadn’t been fitted with them. One truck was late arriving and the driver was less than happy. He had been waved forward by a loader and started to drive, heard a horrible crunching noise and the loader screamed for him to stop. They had forgotten to undo one securing chain on the trailer chassis, and the forward motion had ripped through the delicate bodywork damaging a locker and the brand new truck’s chassis! More claim forms! Once that was duct taped up we set off. Our route was the AP68 past Logrono and Zaragoza, spectacular scenery, like something out of a cowboy film, once around Zaragoza we take the AP2 then turn north onto the AP7 for the run into Barcelona. I ended up running with the Centre Atrium truck and the crane truck (Actros) and we made it into the services just past Zaragoza just before our 4:30hrs driving were up. Most of the others had stopped an hour before, but we did meet up with two of the others here. After a bite to eat and a coffee we set off, and in the hilly sections it was a good test of the truck’s abilities, I grossed out at 40tons so was slowed a little on the hills, but it pulled very well and I soon got used to overriding the cruise control to hold me in gear longer on the climbs. On arrival at Barcelona we headed for the circuit, we were to leave 5 trucks in the parking area outside, so 5 trucks diverted down there to pick us up and take us to the hotel. There is room to park all of the trucks on the hotel access road, but one or two would be outside of the main gate and out of sight. Last year the very last truck in the row was drained of all it’s fuel overnight so it was decided to limit the number we took to the hotel. Arriving around midnight we checked in, had a quick drink then bed as we had to be up in the morning to catch breakfast, plus we had a full day’s work ahead of us.
The next morning we started the wash down of all the trucks and trailers. They are all washed by hand, being rinsed, washed, then dried with squeegees and shammy cloths. The hotel lets us plug our hose into their outside tap, and as a thank you we wash one or two cars of the staff. We started with the hard sided trailers, these needing the most care with washing as they are mostly in view by the public as they become part of the building. When it came to doing the curtainsiders it had started raining so we didn’t dry the trailers off as we were wasting our time. Although the trucks were on their first trip it was surprising how much dirt and how many flies they had collected on the run down. Some of the curtainsider trailers need a particularly thorough wash as they had algae growing in the folds in the curtain and behind the straps, having being parked up since last September at satellite depots. We managed to do 8 outfits on the first day, and retired for dinner around 6pm. The next day we started shunting the trucks down to the parking area and returning with the ones left there previously, and completed the wash process. We then took the last ones over to park up, the hotel had a function on at the weekend so it wouldn’t be fair to be taking up all the parking spaces. At the circuit we weren’t allowed in for another day, although teams such as Ferrari had been allowed to enter, it’s not what you know…………… As the parking area is a real dust bowl the hard sided trailers had been lined up alongside a tarmac road, and the curtainsiders placed on the dust bowl side of them to protect them from dust and any stones that got flicked up. As we parked the very last one a convoy of 15 Stobart curtainsiders came racing into the parking area throwing dust and stones everywhere, not slowing down at all. Stobart are very disliked in the F1 circus due to them carrying out free haulage for teams, and as an obvious result of this using normal road going trucks while the other teams have properly liveried up vehicles, and using general haulage drivers who are blissfully unaware of the etiquette at circuits. This was why the convoy sped in in a cloud of dust, throwing dirt over freshly washed vehicles. They are now not the only ones doing cheap F1 haulage. Schenker have followed the trend too and supply the Mercedes AMG Petronas team free of charge (a Schenker advert is placed on the race cars as a fee) and put a fleet of low ride Mercedes Actros trucks in last year. What with a couple of Warberer trucks parked there the parking area soon resembled a truck stop rather than an F1 paddock! And that was our work completed. The following day all of us bar 2 flew home, the remaining drivers would shunt all of the trucks into the circuit the following day and park them up. When the riggers came in later that day they would move and unload the trucks, and start the 3 day build up of the Brand Centre. Our next job would be to fly back out to Barcelona and move the trucks up to Monaco where they would do the whole thing all over again.
Once again I got trumped on a bank holiday weekend by Mr Marsh! At the beginning of May Marshy spent the bank holiday on the delightful island of Guernsey In the English Channel and then last weekend for May’s 2nd bank holiday (UK bank holiday) he was back on the white isle in the Spanish Mediterranean…….Ibiza.
As can often be the way with express work, the schedule was a tight one and relied heavily on catching the right ferries at the right time. If you need someone to meet such deadlines then Steve Marsh is your man, sorry MAN! Here’s the basic schedule;
– Load Sunday Evening Nr Spalding, GB.
– Catch the ferry Tuesday night from Barcelona to Ibiza.
– Tip & ReLoad Ibiza Thursday.
– Catch the ferry from Ibiza to Barcelona Friday daytime.
– Deliver back to near Spalding, GB Sunday afternoon.
Last August the little MAN delivered down in the south of Ibiza, This time around it was a tip and load in the North East of the island. Surely that is the mark of logistical excellence? Tip and load at the same place on a Mediterranean island? The stuff the romance of the road is made of! Although I have to say keeping an eye on Facebook there are a load of UK people out and about at the mo, Iceland, Ibiza and Sardinia to name a few destinations. Perhaps the UK transport scene is moving into the specialist market more and more, hence the more exotic locations?!
I’m sure Marshy has definately spent nights in far less glamorous locations with far worse views! Oh life on the road, if ever a Destination Doha phrase should be applied it should be here; “The sun never sets on a long distance lorry driver” – Well if ever it did, that is the place for it. Look at me getting all romantic, hmmm more like missing life on the road to be fair. 8 years off the road and I still miss it, so please keep sending your pics and stories. If anyone else wants to write a diary piece or anything please feel free and then email me words and photos or like Marshy, you can send details and photos and I’ll do the words. My email; email@example.com – come on get emailing you’ve all got a story to tell.
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