My Best Truck of 2014

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.


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.


2014 has seen a big rise in the blogs popularity through all mediums, the Facebook page, twitter and the good old fashioned 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!


To Spain & Back with Luke Vernon

I thought I better share some more of the genius that is Luke Vernon. An international lorry driver posting his love of driving on the interweb for all us less fortunate folk to enjoy. This time a trip to Spain and back in 3 parts. To make it easy for you all three parts are below. For those of us who haven’t been lucky enough to drive all over Europe sit back and relax and see what your missing, Luke’s expert commentary makes it all the more enjoyable (or not) depending on your own opinion. For the bracketed ones among you just turn the volume down, you can’t argue at the video quality!!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

For those you haven’t worked it out, Mr Vernon’s videos are fascinating to me as I have never driver to half the places he goes, so I will be putting his vids here on the blog that I enjoy. If you want to see more please click HERE to go straight to Luke’s own YouTube page.


How often does one website highly recommend another website that could be consider direct competition??….. Not very often is the answer your looking for. There seems to be a huge hump for many interwebbers to get over, that being sharing stuff! Even down to photo’s on the World Wide WWW Web, we all know people who get the hump when their photo’s are used by some one else. I understand this gripe and it can be annoying, but if we are happy to put our photo’s on the net for millions to see what more do we expect?! Surely its a kind of honour if others want to copy and use own our pics/vids?? Any way I digress. I came across Mr Vernon’s website this week after a recommendation from some one, but I can’t for the life of me remember who! is basically all about Luke Vernon’s daily trials and tribulations of being an international lorry driver for Irish firm Virginia Transport, piloting his Scania across Europe from Norway to Spain and further.

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What really kept my interest was Luke’s Youtube Channel. When I was a driving all of modern technologies were just coming to fruition and I did make a couple of videos while driving but nothing like Luke’s. If you like simple long distance diaries or just driving, his videos are for you. I watched his most recent one which was a trip to Denmark (Bertie Goes Home).There are 3 years worth to trawl through, which is surely enough to keep you entertained on your nights out. The video below is the first one Luke put on Youtube and I have watched it myself. I love it because in my too short driving career I never got to drive across the Alps, so watching this gives me a Darn good idea on what i’ve missed out on. I’ll be posting various vids from Luke’s archives on here and hopefully from now-ish onwards i’ll post up ALL new one’s. Sit back, relax and enjoy Luke’s diaries.

Over the Alps in 8 minutes. From Torino to near Lyon via Frejus tunnel in time lapse.