Mega MAN

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I was trying to think of some clever title with MAN in but it seemed a waste of what little brain power I have. Mega MAN says all you need to know. Every now and again I get an email that makes me think “Wow!”, which these days takes a bit more effort than a few years ago. If any nation can impress you in the world of trucks, our crazy Dutch cousins will always be right at the top of the list. It seems that the people at Becx TDS Racing may be 100% nuts! Click below and watch the video, that saves me writing loads of pointless words to try and impress you with…..I’ll stop.

Good eh?! What a beast and did you hear that turbo? No? then go play it again and come back in a minute………

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Now for the info straight from Edwin Kuijpers from Becx-TDS Racing………Two beahrs pleassh!

It is originally a MAN TGS18.480

We changed the complete chassis and shortened it at the front so the wheels are on the corners. The cabin is put lower and backwards on the chassis. (like the Brazilian racetrucks). The engine is gone 50 cm back in the chassis to get a good weight balance (60/40%)

The engine is a special race engine from MAN motorsport in Germany a delivers 1100HP and 5500Nm of torque. If we want we can put the power up to 1600HP en almost 7000 Nm of torque.

The top speed is >215 Km/h and the acceleration is 0-100Km/h. A set of tyres is gone in about 4 minutes of intensive driving and drifting. The truck is build complete build by our own team, and took 7000 hours in about a year.

Hope I send you enough information, otherwise you can see our website: www.becxtdsracing.nl

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Hopefully we will hear more from Edwin and the others at Becx-TDS Racing. I am also hoping that they will do another video soon and even better perhaps they can do a video at Truckstar Festival in a few weekends time, just like last year.

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Martins Moody Motor

Our 143 Scania Finished!

Now there’s a beauty! As these are the days of modern classics in the trucking world, along with other well loved late 90’s models, Scania’s 3 Series Streamlines must be among the best. Whether or not it would be your choice, I think it fair to say we’d all like to restore our favourite Diesel Daisy if we had the time and money. So for those who have got the money (or not as they may claim), rebuilding a 143 500 just had to be done. What a good job too! But then again what did you expect from the combination of top independent Scania sales man, Mick Moody and top canal boat builder Guy Martin (apparently now and again he rides a bicycle with a motor on it too). The end result is some thing along the lines of a near on brand new truck, which I hasten to add is for sale if your interested, but be prepared for a nearly new price too. Justified in my opinion as where can you buy a virtually brand new 143?……Exactly. Any way after another of our little chats, Mr Moody told me of a little video of Guy, talking about the rebuilding of said Swedish beauty. I have put the video on here but if you search the YouTube for “Guy Martin” you’ll see what else he gets upto inbetween mechanic-ing for Mr Moody. Great truck.

New Volvo Comes with Optional Tight Rope & Walker!

It seems that Volvo have thought of every thing with there new truck range….you can even spec a rope connecting to another truck and also a stunt woman! Not to sure what its all in aid of other than the release publicity for the launch, but still its quite impressive. Truck and woman that is!

The press release from Volvo says the following;

“The driving force behind the film is Volvo Trucks. The aim is to highlight the driveability and superior handling of the company’s latest truck model – the new Volvo FH. The stunt was possible to carry out due to the excellent stability and handling of the new Volvo FH. It was thanks to this stability that both trucks could maintain a steady gap throughout the stunt.

“It’s not enough simply to say that we are good. We wanted to demonstrate just how much progress we’ve made in the area of both driveability and handling,” says Ulf Nordqvist, project manager for the new Volvo FH series.”

The world premiere and official launch of the Volvo FH Series will be held on September 5th at 8pm GMT and the launch event will be webcast live at www.volvotrucks.com/fh

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.

www.lorry-driver.com

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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! Lorry-driver.com 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.