1,000,000th Peterbilt

DENTON, Texas – January 10, 2018 – Today Peterbilt Motors Company announced the production of the 1,000,000th Peterbilt vehicle. The Model 567 Heritage rolled off the assembly line at the company’s Denton, Texas manufacturing facility. “The production of one million trucks is a proud moment, and the Model 567 Heritage embodies this historic occasion,” said Kyle Quinn, General Manager, Peterbilt Motors Company. “The styling and durability of the Model 567 Heritage gives customers the industry’s most modern, technologically advanced and versatile truck. Inside and out, this truck commands attention.” Peterbilt is the class of the American commercial vehicle industry, providing premium-quality, and unmatched longevity since 1939. Peterbilt’s state-of-the-art Denton facility opened in 1980 with the production of the Model 359. Today, customers look to the brand for its tradition, distinctive styling, low cost of ownership, integration of technology and class-leading uptime, all supported by a strong and extensive dealer network.

In celebration of the momentous 1,000,000th truck, Peterbilt recently conducted a search for its ultimate SuperFan within the United States and Canada. From the 1,200 entries submitted, Peterbilt will choose the SuperFan to be gifted the Model 567 Heritage during a ceremony at the upcoming Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) as a way to thank our loyal enthusiasts, customers, drivers and dealers for their roles in Peterbilt’s success. “One million trucks is a fantastic milestone and is a testament to the hard working Peterbilt employees from 1939 to now,” said Leon Handt, Assistant General Manager of Operations, Peterbilt Motors Company. “We wouldn’t have been able to grow our brand without them.” Peterbilt Motors Company, located in Denton, Texas, has a global reputation for superior quality, industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficient solutions, and is recognized as the “Class” of the industry.

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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.

American in Suffolk 

  
  

In the last two weeks I’ve had my morning commute slightly enlightened by something big, American and making a fair old noise. As I queue northbound on the A12 Ipswich bound at the Copdock roundabout I have twice in two weeks stumbled upon a big American tanker. Both have been foreign registered, the one above being French, but both pulling what look like food grade tankers as neither had any HAZ markings. I’m guessing that as they are on tanker work our French friends have decided that they can have something a little more exciting as the tankers are short, it allows more length for a decent tractor unit. Personally I think my choice would be a European truck such as the Volvo VN’s or a Tcab Scania as the ride is far better than the American metal. Saying that there is still something very enjoyable Bout motoring along with a big Kenworth on British roads.    

 You might just note in the photo above I had my window slightly ajar. The reason being is that these lovely old Americans still have Jake Brakes in full working order, so trickling along in the morning traffic jam means you get a fairly lengthy tune from the Jake as the tanker rolls down towards the roundabout. Beautiful. I would have to assume that these tankers jobs are paying pretty well as the MPG can’t be up to much. While watching another Big Rig Videos rolling CB interview the other day, the driver seemed pleased with himself that on a good run when trying, he could get his MPG all the way up to 5.5mpg!!! Anyway I’m not fussed as long as the job they are heading to continues I’ll keep enjoying their soundtrack instead of the usual drivel on the radio in the mornings. 

   
 Below is the other Kenworth I saw a few weeks back. Now that big exhaust sounded even better than this weeks, both going forward as well as with the Jake. 
 

My Best Truck of 2014

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For me this is the best truck I have seen in 2014. It might not be the newest, it might not be most practical for most of Europe and it certainly won’t be everyones taste but for me, spot on.

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If you live in the UK and haven’t been to one I strongly advise that you make 2015 your first trip to a European truck show, the standard of trucks is amazing. I can’t deny that the trucks here in the UK are getting better and better but the Europeans just seem to have it right, they all look good. To me the best trucks have always been out of reach of what I could afford or achieve and the T560 is no different. We all joke about winning the lottery but a Tcab would be very close to the top of my list. It’s blue, it’s got two sets of pipes, it’s got a subtle custom interior and enough lights to make it look good but not over the top. As with anything I would make a few subtle changes as I’d want to put my mark on it.

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2014 has seen a big rise in the blogs popularity through all mediums, the Facebook page, twitter and the good old fashioned http://www.truckblog.co.uk website. I’m not going to link to any of those this time round as I’m sure you all could do with a break from the ruthless links and plugs for the blog. I have no idea where the blog will be in another 12 months, hopefully you’ll all still send me stuff, photos, info and the odd piece of trucking memorabilia to decorate TBHQ and I’ll keep bugging the TV companies in the vague hope they’ll see that we need Truckblog TV!

Hopefully I’ll be visiting, Truckfest Peterborough, Crowfield Truck Rally, Gathering of the Griffin, Retro Truck Show at Gaydon, more than likely (and hopefully) Truckstar Festival at Assen as my foreign trip, although I have heard on the grapevine that there is quite a convoy of English motors heading to the International Trucker & Country Show held at Interlaken, CH. I have always wanted to go James?? Finally if the offer is still there then I might just make it to Belfast too.

Anyway thank you for following and thank you for making the blog what it is, without your contributions I’m sure you’d all be bored silly of 143’s, MAN TGL LX’s and Mercedes-Benz photos! As we all do secretly say now and again Keep on Trucking!

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Big Rig Videos – New Vids!

For those of us on the more regulated side of the pond, we can only dream of Big Pete’s, K’Whoppers, Bulldog Macks (with or without a can on the back!) and the like, we have to put up with our length regulated, cab-over trucks (for most of us). If any of you are anything like me then I long to go back to the States now I’ve got other the need to go to Disneyland, I’d rather go to Florida to meet up with man behind the camera and CB interviews of Big Rig Videos, Christopher. I love just watching trucks rolling along the motorway as it is, but Big Rig Videos brings us all the trucks and big rig from the US, well all those that and trucking up and down Florida on their way to and from where ever. For example the big orange Peterbilt from Fox Trucking above is on a fairly decent length trip from Denver, Colorado down to Miami, Florida. That’s just over 2,000 miles and something like 8 states, for comparison, it’s virtually the same distance as Manchester, England to Istanbul, Turkey.

As its Sunday, then why not get the roast dinner out the way, then put your feet up and spend an hour or so enjoying some of the videos on the Big Rig Videos YouTube Channel. Well worth the time I can tell you. The Gold Digga Pete is another quality looking truck that has been loved and cared for by its owner and lavished with all kinds of custom parts and paint work. The HD quality of the videos makes them all the more enjoyable as does the odd burble of American muscle, listen to the Caterpillar engine purring away in the first 30 seconds of the video above, just awesome! Please make sure you check Big Rig Videos out at some point;

Big Rig Videos Website – Click HERE
Big Rig Videos YouTube – Click HERE
Big Rig Videos Facebook – Click HERE

Last but not least, I will put up a video I have put on the blog before, but for me it is one of the best looking Amercian rigs I have seen. Plain and simple and in a lovely deep purple colour, the only way the video could have been slightly better, would have been catching the rig loaded, but you can’t have everything. Keep on trucking – 10-4 over and out!!

Big Rig Videos

The wife often asks why I spend ages just looking at trucks. “What is it your actually looking at?” she asks. “No idea” I reply, “Its just, its just…….”, I can never put it into words, so instead of words, watch the above video and I think it just sums up what I’m looking at. Just watch it and tell me your not impressed with this gorgeous truck rolling along, quietly on its mission to its next job.

This video is filmed by Big Rig Videos in the US of A, the man behind the camera is Christopher E. Fiffie an ex US truck driver who’s goal is “to make entertaining and educational videos about the professional drivers and the equipment they run across America” to quote the website. The premise behind the videos is a CB interview, asking the drivers about their trucks, what the specs are and what they get up too. The 2003 Kenworth W900 above is a great video. The big K Whopper is a real stunner and for us Brits the voice over the CB is typical US Convoy-esque type voice, that tells you all about the truck and his families own truck accessories company, Life Time Nut Covers.

I can’t tell you enough how good the Big Rig Videos website or YouTube Channel is. Just watching these big rigs rolling along makes me smile. There is still very much something about American trucks that keeps me wishing I had taken the plunge when I was younger and taken the job I was offered with a small operator in Oklahoma. Any way I digress, you have to visit and get watching these videos, there are 60 odd to get through and there is a bank holiday upon us.

Also for all of us in Europe there is a wicked CB interview with JJ Verweij and family from the Netherlands, while on their tour of the US and Canada in their Scania and caravan trailer

For Big Rig Videos website, click HERE
For Big Rig Videos Youtube site, click HERE