Trucking in the USA

Here is a great compilation of quality video of trucks on the road in North America. It illustrates some of the amazing countryside the trucks travel through but also, surprisingly, a high proportion of doubles, B-trains, probably in Canada. Great shots with an appropriate soundtrack.

Surprisingly, the YouTube post comes from an Australian singer/songwriter, Caede Ridgway. The love affair between the Aussie truckie and US trucks looks set to continue….

Outback Truckers have come back

For good or ill, the new season of Outback Truckers starts next month. The first series caused a lot of angst in the industry and the second series is not likely to do any better. Those involved in the show didn’t show the industry in a good light and some organisations connected with the production pulled out as it went to air because of some less than responsible behaviour by drivers.

The preview of the new show tells us we can expect more of the same. The sensationalist side of TV is what sells and the first series has been sold in Europe and North America. Prepare for more cringeworthy moments as well meaning truckers talk to camera and reinforce the negative stereotypes many people put on us all in the trucking industry.

What have we got to fear? This is what the trucking industry is like and we will have to learn to live with it. There is no point in sitting on the sidelines whinging about the negative side of the story. It is our job to get the positives out there in a professional way to allow the vast majority of the trucking industry to show their reality to the outside world.

Anecdotally, the reaction by many of the general public has not been about the occasional incidents which worry trucking representatives. The main takeaway seems to be just how tough life is on the road, surprise at the conditions they have to face and appreciation of the truckies out there doing the job.

Final video of the Dakar Truck Rally

The Dakar Truck Rally is over for this year with the world getting a short sharp dose of trucks racing around in a dry, dusty and remote desert somewhere in South America. The event really gives the truck world a chance to show just what can be done with a truck in extreme conditions. Here is some of this year’s footage.

 


US – Best of Truck – Dakar 2014 by Dakar

Truck alternative to East West tunnel

The Victorian Labor Party have entered the debate about the future of transport in Melbourne. The alternative they propose is aimed specifically to give trucks an alternative route out of Melbourne Port onto the Western Freeway. The proposal is claimed to reduce the number of truck movements across the West Gate Bridge by 5000, significantly reducing the need for an East West tunnel, as proposed by the current Victorian Government.

 

Dakar rally trucks hit the road, literally!

It’s that time of year again with the Dakar Rally taking place in South America. many of the major truck makers get involved racing their trucks as support vehicles to the car and motorbike racing teams. The 14 day event takes the trucks through the wilds of South America, starting from Rosario in Argentina, heading north into Bolivia before heading back south through Chile, ending in Valparaiso.

 

This year’s event has separate special stages for the competitors as well as the main route where all of the competitors travel the same roads across the dry wastes of South America. The ruggedness of the route leads to some spectacular spills and this has led to some interesting encounters, including this crashed car being completely ignored and potentially damaged by one truck before being rescued by De Rooy’s Iveco Powerstar.

 

 

Another serious crash sees a truck upside down in  a gully with little prospect of recovery.

 

 

Later we see, in this clip, the recovery was made by a fellow competitor, De Rooy again, and the team were compensated in terms of time lost for being a good samaritan.

 

Western Star are now ‘Serious Trucks’

The new look and feel from Western Star is all about ‘Serious Trucks’. Star’s latest video uses the new strap line on this video featuring the 4700 truck released last year. It can be found in the ‘Serious Video’ page on the Western Star website.

 

The video features computer generated images of the truck being put together piece by piece. Presumably, this is to demonstrate the custom building possibilities for truck buyers. Although there are many stock trucks coming down the production line in Portland, Oregon, it is possible to specify a high degree of custom equipment on a truck going down the line.