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.