Cuba Good’un

Hey Ben. Here is another instalment. Having started the trip in Cuba where there was a fuel crisis due to dealings with Venezuela, there wasn’t much traffic on the roads. As we all know or should know, the United States of America have put a lot of sanctions on Cuba, leaving the people with very little and their government doesn’t help. I came across this Liaz while walking the streets of Havana. Notice how clean it is and the tanks are immaculate. No mean feat when you live in a country that still uses ration books for food. Clearly the driver has a lot of pride in what he does. I have also attached for you one of the local buses in Santiago de Cuba and for the old car enthusiast who read your blog a very iconic photo of Havana. 

From Joey McCarty

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The American Road Trip – Part 1

I’ve been saving these blogs for a while but they make for great reading! Increasingly regular blog contributor Luke Power-Hippisley, the big boss down at Tudor Services in Bristol, did the road trip of a life time at the back end of the summer. This trip would be a bucket list trip for most of us in a car or camper van, but to do it in a brand new Freightliner pulling a race trailer across the USA…….well some people get all the luck……or do we make our own?! The rest of these blogs will be in Luke’s own words.

6 weeks ago I was sitting in Altafulla (Spain) thinking about who to call to drum up a bit of work for September and before I could get started ringing around the call came to me. To see if I was available to go to America to work as a truckie on the Indy Car Series for the British team Carlin Motorsport and take the truck from track to track and help setting up and packing down. They also asked if I could bring a second driver so I called on of my best friends Matthew Campbell and asked if he was up for it and as you can imagine we ripped their arm off! 

We flew to Orlando on September the 2nd and were told upon arrival one of our new colleagues would be picking us up from the airport in a blue pick up truck. What I didn’t expect was the beast in the picture with a total length of 40ft!

We will be flying to Orlando then making our way to Boca Ranton to the workshop, then we will be driving for the next three races. First Pocono, Pennsylvania next St Louis, Missouri then lastly Portland, Oregon before flying home.

New trade name for Scania’s S-series sleeper cabs

Interesting bit of news from Scania. Something I had wondered about myself, manufacturers who use similar model names to others. Just a thought but I wonder how DAF and Jaguar feel about sharing the “XF” models?? Here’s the info from Scania;

Scania is renaming their most premium trucks, the S-series. Instead of the letter S followed by the actual horsepower, the new trade name will be the horsepower followed by an S, like 450 S or 730 S. The reversed naming order applies only to the sleeper cabs with a flat floor. Behind the change lies an agreement with Daimler AG, parent company of Mercedes-Benz.

Scania’s current way of naming trucks by the cab series followed by the engine power was introduced back in 2004 with the introduction of the PGR series. The new type of trade name for the S-series, with the horsepower figure stated first, will be introduced on S-series trucks ordered from now and does not affect any other trucks.

“By making this adjustment, we fulfil an agreement we have made with Daimler, says Alexander Vlaskamp, Senior Vice President, Head of Scania Trucks. We are keen about protecting our brands and recognise why Daimler, with their long-standing S-class passenger car history, had an issue with the S-series trade name.”

South America Calling….

I always love to hear from my bloggers, especially when you’re on your holibobs and thinking of me! A good pal is currently out and about in South America. As we all do, and you all know it, we all take at least one photo of a truck on our holiday travels, in this blog we are in Peru and Chile. Knowing this particular blogger we should see another couple of countries and what camion’s they have to offer;
“Hey Ben how are you doing. As you may of noticed on my Instagram: katterjokk. I’m traveling around South America at the moment. Volvo is truely king over here and there are loads of F10’s and F12’s and V1’s as well. We started in Cuba and have so far worked our way down to Chile. Here is a selection of trucks from Peru and Chile as we are in a port town at the moment. There’s loads of ex European trucks here and plenty of Scandinavians too. Enjoy the selection.

Off on holiday yourself? Feel free to email me your findings: ben@truckblog.co.uk

I do have another holiday blog to publish from a certain Simon Wilson, but I’ve waiting til now-ish to publish it, as a bit of a winter warmer!

SPECIAL EDITION TRIBUTE TRUCK FOR ADAMS TRANSPORT

Customised promotional model vehicle specialists, Search Impex, are pleased to announce the release of a 1:50 scale Volvo FH XL 25 Year Special Edition (6×2) truck with fridge trailer, customised in the new eye-catching livery of Northern Ireland based operator Adams Transport. The models have been produced exclusively for Search Impex by WSI Collectibles as a certificated Limited Edition (175 pieces).

 Adams Transport took delivery of the Volvo FH 25 Year Special Edition (the first to be ordered by a Volvo customer) to commemorate the life of John Adams late wife, Gillian Marie, who sadly passed away in 2015.  Dedicated to his wifes memory, the unique new 25 Year Edition flagship truck is especially poignant to John  as 2019 would also have seen the couples 25th wedding anniversary. Based in the village of Armoy, Co Antrim, Adams Transport was established in 2007 by John Adams.  With a passion for trucks from an early age, John had been driving rigid trucks since he was first legally able to do so and he quickly moved onto driving artics from the age of 21.  After some years of driving for other companies, however, John found he was increasingly spending extended periods away from his wife and young family and so he began to think of ways of changing his lifestyle so he could spend more time with his family. With a view, therefore, to taking back control, he made the decision to set up on his own and so Adams Transport was born.

Sheer hard work and dedication, supported by a team of loyal staff, has seen the business grow solidly and successfully over the last 12 years.  The Company specialises in the delivery of agricultural goods throughout Ireland, as well as undertaking general haulagework.  With a fleet of 15 trucks (almost exclusively Volvo) and a similar number of trailers (a mix of fridges and curtains, plus one flat bed), Adams transport trucks can be seen regularly on the roads throughout Ireland and also over on the UK mainland  from Scotland down to the Midlands and beyond.  

 With the exception of the new flagship Volvo, the other trucks in the fleet run in Adams Transports smart corporate red livery. Thus far, fridge trailers have usually been plain, with livery applied just to the back doors  but all of that may soon be changing!  The arrival of the new Volvo also led to a rethink about corporate branding and this resulted in a decisionto design a smart new trailer livery.  The first fridge trailer in the new design will be arriving in the fleet very soon  so keep an eye out for it!  When coupled with the Volvo 25 Years Special Edition truck, it will certainly make for a very classy combination.

 Models, available from Search Impex, are priced at £149 each (including UK delivery & VAT). For details of availability of this and other models, collectors can visit the Search Impex website at www.search-impex.co.uk or call them on 01332 873 555.

BOWKER BEAUTY MARKS CENTENARY!

Customised promotional model vehicle specialists, Search Impex, are pleased to announce the release of a 1:50 scale Volvo FH Globetrotter (6×2) tractor unit with 3 axle, curtain trailer, customised in the eye-catching, centenary livery of W.H. Bowker Ltd. Produced exclusively for Search Impex by WSI Collectibles, the model is a certificated Limited Edition (205 pieces) and has been commissioned by Bowker to celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2019.  It is based on their real life Volvo FH units and curtain trailers bedecked in the special 100 years anniversary livery – two of which have recently joined the Bowker fleet.  

 W.H. Bowker Limited was established in 1919 in Blackburn – Lancashire, when William Bowker used his £75 war gratuity to buy his first vehicle.  Hard work and sheer determination saw the business grow rapidly from its origins as a local haulier to become one of the UK’s leading transport specialists with a reputation for an innovative approach to the needs of industry.  Expansion into European haulage came during the early 1960’s when UK manufacturers became increasingly successful in exporting their goods and Bowker saw the opportunity to introduce a reliable service to the Continent by conventional trailer.  The first continental cargo movements began in December 1961 and continue to form an important part of the business.

Despite being one of the oldest UK companies specialising in national and international logistics, the business has most certainly kept pace with the times.  Nowadays, Bowker runs a state of the art fleet comprising more than 160 vehicles (predominantly Volvo) and around 300 trailers and the Company also operates more than one million square feet of warehousing and storage at its seven sites across the UK.

 Models, available from Search Impex, are priced at £149 each (including UK delivery & VAT).  For details of availability of this and other models, collectors can visit the Search Impex website at www.search-impex.co.uk or call them on 01332 873 555.