TBHQ – A Home for Anything Truck

A few more bits added to the collection. A huge thank you to the one and only Paul Rowlands. I am now looking after these bits for Paul in TBHQ. For those who have read the book about Paul’s time out on the road you will already know of the job the photos and paperwork refer too. For those who don’t know what it’s all about then you need to get yourselves a copy of Paul’s book; It’s not All Sunshine and Sand – click the link to go straight to the Old Pond Publishing website and get your copy.

Thanks again Mr Rowlands – I now need to find the Toleman photos I got from Toleman HQ back in the early 1990’s…..

Wilson Wednesday – European Volvolution

I could have titled this blog many things, but I had to get another Wilson Wednesday on the blog for all the regular fans. Thanks to Volvo Trucks UK we can have a WW with a slight difference. Buying a Volvo will have been a big decision for HCW, especially as they haven’t ever bought a new one before. The last two they had in my early years at HCW we’re both acquired 2nd hand I do believe. I low height 6×2 and a low height 4×2. When I heard Simon (Wilson) had decided to order a new Volvo I have to say was a little surprised. Saying that all operators need to keep manufacturers on their toes and if one can supply a truck better suited to the operators specific requirements then their isn’t a lot that can be done. Over to Volvo;


Well-known industrial and plant fabrication carriers, H.C. Wilson Transport Ltd. of Suffolk has ordered its first new Volvo truck; a high specification FH-540 8×4 Tridem tractor unit, supplied by Ian Reed, Area Sales Manager at Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia.

The Globetrotter XL 3,900mm wheelbase Tridem Pusher Axle tractor unit is powered by Volvo’s D13K engine, producing a maximum of 540hp. The FH was ordered with an I-Shift Crawler gearbox containing a direct top ratio of 19:1 and a deep multi speed reverse gear with a ratio of 37:1. A gearbox-mounted retarder also provides a substantial secondary braking system. The final drive tandem single reduction axles carry a ratio of 2.83:1.

The vehicle is rated for maximum 90-tonne operations, but will predominately work in the 55 to 60-tonne weight brackets. Both the front and pusher axles are nine-tonne air suspension units, the latter contributing to a rear bogie capacity of 32-tonnes.

“We’d previously bought our four axle tractor units from Holland, but this requirement is now better served through a dealer local to our business,” states Simon Wilson, Managing Director at H.C. Wilson Transport Ltd. “Volvo were genuinely interested to quote for such a vehicle and having a factory built four axle tractor unit was also a bonus, saving on purchase cost and delivery times.”

A Jost cast fixed fifth wheel, steel front bumper and Dura-Bright EVO alloy wheels are also included the specification.

Simon explains, “European work makes up two thirds of our total business and the regulations around German axle weights drive our choice of four-axle tractor units. I’m not a big fan of really big engines, but we have to balance power outputs and fuel consumption levels with terrain traversed and higher operating weights. We operated some early Volvo FHs that were sourced as used in the mid-1990s, but this is our first Volvo ordered new. We’re feeling our way with the vehicle at present and it’s early days. However, there’s been no complaints from the driver,” he adds.

Job #1 – Actros5 1851LS Rolls off Production Line Today

So production of MB’s long awaited Actros5 has started today. The first Actros5 in Sapphire Blue has rolled off the production line and I for one cannot wait to see these out and about on the road. Here’s the press release from Mercedes-Benz Trucks;

  • With the sapphire-blue Actros 1851 LS 4×2, series production starts in the largest Mercedes-Benz truck assembly plant
  • Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks: “For the new Mercedes-Benz Actros we have developed solutions with the clear goal of making it the safest, most efficient and most connected truck ever. Thanks to our expertise in the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, we are now putting it on the road. The Actros is now ready for its customers.”

Dr Matthias Jurytko, Head of Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant: “In more than half a century the Wörth team has built up outstanding know-how: They know exactly how trucks are produced to the highest quality standards. And they have once again demonstrated this impressively with the start of production of our new flagship.”

Wörth am Rhein – At the Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant, the sapphire-blue Actros 1851 LS 4×2 was the first customer vehicle to roll off the production line. Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Gerald Jank, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks Operations, and Dr Matthias Jurytko, Head of Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant, accompanied the series production start of the Mercedes-Benz flagship truck together with the production team in the Palatinate town of Wörth.

If you want to know more about the Actros5 including technology, spec, pricing and further details then please call me: 07971 139016.

Auction Record???

So this happened yesterday… An auction held at Richard Read Transport threw up a number of old trucks and quite a few ERF’s. If your going to have an ERF the 14 litre Cummins is the one to have. ERF EC14, 6×4, twin Eminox exhausts and heavy recovery bodywork.

How much did it sell for at the auction?…

Ready?……

£178,000 !!! That’s €206,973 !!!