It’s a sure sign Christmas is coming when the first Coca Cola Christmas truck video pops up on YouTube and this year it’s from Australia, caught by an observant couple somewhere unspecified, probably Sydney.
There is nothing new in the world and it all comes around again, but are we seeing the return of the two stroke diesel engine? This guy seems to think so, Dr James Lemke is a US physicist and entrepreneur who has created the Achates Power engine.
In a pre-Los Angeles Auto Show reveal, an under-the-radar startup held an all electric full-size ute launch. The vehicle released may prove to be the first all-electric ute to compete with conventional, personal-use full-size utes to hit the US market.
In this video, Will Shiers asks the question, were they the good old days? The answer is always going to lead to mixed feelings, nostalgia is a wonderful filter which makes past experience a lot better than it was at the time.
Would many people in the road transport game regard this video as an example of politically incorrect trucking? The answer is probably yes and there may well be good reasons for taking this position. On the other hand, this is the way many of the people working in the industry today will have had their first experience with a truck.
Most who have worked in the trucking industry will have been accused of droning on about trucks too much. The reason? We love ’em and think they look great. We love them so much, we talk about them all of the time and we take pictures of them and can’t get enough of them.
After a few false starts, it is valid to ask the question, are Chinese trucks coming to Australia? The answer is, of course, yes, but not quite yet. The trucks being made in China are getting closer and closer to the technology levels and specifications we need in Australia every year. It’s simply a matter of time.
The ability to tie a load down with a few lengths of rope is another lost art of trucking. Truckies of a certain age will be familiar with this technique and have a set of skills which make it possible to hold anything down on a flat top. Of course once you get above a certain mass, the dog and chain would come into its own, but that’s another can of worms to open later.
In this video we have a snapshot of trucking in the UK, brought to us by the tireless Australian trucking campaigner, Rod Hannifey. Rod has just returned from a recent trip to the UK and the USA as a result of receiving the Churchill Fellowship funding to make the fast finding trip to check out the issues and possible solutions to common problems across the trucking industry.
There is a problem with the public perception of truck drivers in Australia, but people need to be aware truck drivers are people too. This Re:act campaign developed by Hard Edge in collaboration with Swinburne University of Technology gave design students a creative brief that challenged them to raise awareness of a road safety issue and change behaviour among their age group.