Max has shared this photo of a head-turning Peterbilt, although the sheep doesn't seem to care.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Way back when I started this blog I mentioned seeing a Leyland in Rotorua, some 50 years ago, which had the front windscreens going down low in the front corners. I never had a camera at the time and actually began to think that maybe it wasn't a Leyland at all. But then I saw Bill Hohepa's 2014 calendar and realised I had seen a Homalloy cabbed Leyland.
|This is the Leyland on Bill's calendar and is identical to the one I remember.|
Homalloy, based in Preston, Lancashire, specialized in the manufacture of alloy truck bodies, but also built alloy and fibre glass cabs for many truck makers.
|Here is one on an AEC, still with those characteristic down-turned windscreen corners.|
|An Albion, looking very similar to the AEC....|
|...and an Austin, looking quite different with its one piece screen, though still with those corners|
Thursday, October 9, 2014
A couple of random items that have caught my attention
|On a site called www.dovedaler.com I discovered this Meccano Harley Electra Glide.|
It's difficult to achieve the curves of the fairing with Meccano, but not a bad effort.
|However, I really like this truck. Even without the badge it is unmistakably a cab-over Pete.|
|Parked near my work today was this 2010 Morgan Aero. An acquired taste for sure.|
Personally, I love it.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Last weekend we decided to add a couple of leave days to the weekend and make it a four day break and visit a friend in Tauranga. Unfortunately, for most of the trip, the weather wasn't conducive to standing on the side of the road snapping trucks, but here is what I managed.
|This 2014 International 9800 passed while were having lunch at Te Rangiita on the shores of Lake Taupo..|
|Unusual coloured MAN amongst the white ones at Mount Maunganui.|
|Not sure of the make of this yard tractor at Mount Maunganui.|
|Aerodynamic Isuzu mobile showroom appears to have a V10 badge on its front panel|
|In TD Haulage yard at Mount Maunganui is a pair of Kenworth T800s.|
The green example dates from 2006, whilst the other is from 2002.
|A triple treat of 2014 TDH T800s.|
|Just in case I win Lotto.....|
|A Hall's DAF in the main street of Putaruru is pulling a semi-trailer, |
converted to a full trailer with the help of a two axle dolly.
|We stopped for a night at a motel in Feilding on the way home. |
Around the back I discovered 6 rigs parked up for the night in a large yard obviously made for this purpose.
Unusual to see a MAN in RMD livery.
|All the way from Golden Bay, a Sollys 2013 UD Quon.|
|We passed this 2007 Hino on the Desert Road and then it turns up at the same motel as us.|
Thursday, October 2, 2014
A few recent pics of various subjects.
|2012 Freightliner Century unloads its precious cargo at the BP service station on Chapel Street in Masterton.|
|This very tidy little Thames pick-up was at Paul Gleeson's shed that I visited a couple of weeks ago|
(see my blogs of 20/21 September)
|A few photos from Max.|
This Mack and trailer appears to be carting the remnants of a demolished building.
|Mack Vision in Allied Concrete colours with tipper body.|
|New pole being installed near Max's house.|
Haven't seen this method of holding the wires out of the way before.
Hino and two Isuzus.
|Old anteater Kenworth of Fraser Heavy Haulage.|
|Maskill Kenworth with a very varied load.|
|MAN fuel tanker. If its high octane fuel, I guess that would make it a Superman.|
|One of my favourite Americans, the Mack Superliner.|
|Back at the Gleeson shed.|
A CA Bedford hiding in the collection of everything imaginable.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Here's a few more photos I took on the day the Long Lap passed through.
|While waiting for the Long Lap participants to arrive, this 2013 Kenworth passed through, heading south....|
|...and from the European division of Paccar, this DAF heading north,|
also went on the road in 2013.
|You don't see many Hillman Hunter estates on the roads these days.|
This quite tidy example appears to be lowered or heavily laden.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
If Paul Gleeson's yard is a "delight" for a truck enthusiast, then the contents of his sheds will have you ecstatic.
|Famous names on the shed doors, gives some clue to the contents.|
|Commer Superpoise carries a past name, well known in the Pahiatua area.|
|Old Benz awaits restoration.|
|Nice Chev is very similar to Bedfords of the same era.|
|My late father's christian name adorns the bonnet of this Thames!|
Thames being the name that Ford used for many years on its larger British commercials.
Lighter commercials wore the Fordson name.
|International with striking red paint.|
|And another Inter in the same colour.|
|Daimler from before the first World War must be the oldest truck in the fleet.|
|Picture on wall shows an interesting exercise performed at some stage.|
|The bonneted 1418 Mercedes Benzs were probably the first model to be seen on NZ roads in reasonable numbers.|
|Big Leyland's size was impressive. Camera is at eye level, so that gives some idea of its height.|
|Chev from 1931 shares space with Bedford fire appliance.|