North East South West

  
The North, East, South, West game is just a bit of fun. I thought as its Sunday night we’d enjoy our last few hours before going back to work tomorrow or this evening. It’s quite simple, all you’ve got to do where ever you are is list the furthest North, East, South and West you’ve driven in a truck. I’ve done this before but along time ago so if your new to TB please join in. As for me, here we go;

NORTH – Evanton, Scotland. (Photo above)

EAST – Königswinter, Germany

SOUTH – Paris, France

WEST – Penryn, Cornwall, England

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Quiz Time: Guess the Permit

  
A man after my own heart, Jonathan Campbell of Essex. A man with a 15 ton Mercedes-Benz Atego, that probably gets around Europe more than most of the rest. Recently covering Ireland, Turkey and Greece to name a few. With a good size box body, good customer contacts and years of European experience Mr Campbell is the man that can. The Atego has had a few additions recently in the way of auxiliary roof cooler and a tidy Kelsa light bar. 

  

I’m pleased to say Jonathan is one of the “lucky” few who are sporting a Truckblog sticker on his motor and as you can see the sticker is in good company. As it goes that sticker is the only one I’ve genuinely seen on the move. Spotted late one evening on the M25 coming back into Essex from Dartford, I have to say I was quite chuffed, the kids got excited and the wife didn’t care a less! Anyway I digress. 

As you can see the Atego is sporting a slightly rare sticker, a P30 Permit sticker to be exact. Not one I had come across before, although I now remember I did have to quote a job in my days at HC Wilson that would have required the same permits. Here’s the question;

Where abouts was Jonathan when he took these photos, that required him to have the P30 permit? No Googling the answer!!!

Has anyone else got a photo of a P30 permit on their truck??

  

Calendar Comp Winner!!!

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After a quick pop in to see the chaps at HC Wilson the other week I put a competition on the blog to win one of Wilsons excellent A3 sized wall calendars. I opened the competition to the whole world and I did get a few entries from further afield than Europe including somewhere called Australia! I received this photo from Joseph Hupp of a delightful Foden he spotted at a show in Oz.

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I was looking for photos of drivers trucks but as you know it’s pretty laid back her on the blog, so it ended up being general truck photos and there were a lot. I did say I’d post them all up here but I’m not going too as there are a few too many and too many names! So here a few for you too enjoy……

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PLEASE RESPECT ALL PHOTOS AND THEIRS OWNERS COPYRIGHT.

Now on to the winner. I sent some of the best off to HC Wilson and the larger of the two brothers, Graham choose the photo taken by James Smith, bizarrely from Ipswich. James photo is of a Mark kendrews Death Race Scania that he took at what looks like Truckfest Peterborough, but I might be wrong. Anyway you have to agree it is a great photo and I have to say I’m a massive fan of night time show shots. Saying that I haven’t quite perfected them as well as James has! Excellent photo James, congratulations. As promised I have the calendar and a few TB bits winging it’s way to Ipswich. I will change all the Blog header photos on the www, twitter and the FB page as part of the wonderful prestigious prize (might have over done that a bit!).

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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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Vote: Best UK Truck Show 2014

Please vote for the best show you have been to in the UK or Ireland this year. The more votes the better, so please feel free to share the poll on your Facebooks, Twitter-spheres or whatever else you have. The more votes we get the better idea we’ll have of the type of show your all enjoying. If you want to nominate another show, put other and enter the name yourself. Get voting!!