Expanding Harvest Fleet

Expanding Harvest Fleet Words and Photography by Howard Shanks Growing grain and lots of it is what they do best in far north-west New South Wales, however with variable rainfall over the past few years it has highlighted the economic and environmental fragility of broadacre farming systems. We asked Howard Shanks to investigate one lot…

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Ford’s LTL 9000: Restoration

Ford’s LTL 9000: Restoration Words and photography by Howard Shanks – (images during restoration supplied Highland Haulage). The Ford Louisville LTL 9000 was more than an affordable stylish truck when it was released over three decades ago. It boasted all the options of the traditional prestige offerings from Kenworth and Mack and went on create…

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How Freightliner trucks came to Australia

How Freightliner trucks came to Australia Words by Howard Shanks, Images supplied by Freightliner (First Published – March 2002 – revised Jan 2019)   Back in 1982 two trucks quietly rolled into the Mulgrave headquarters of Mercedes Benz (Australia). Not well known at the time, only a handful of truck fanatics and industry commentators recognised them…

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Cummins X15 Euro-6 Road Test

Cummins X15 Euro-6 Road Test. New emission regulations may be just around the corner, but Cummins and Kenworth are certainly getting ahead of the game with real world testing of their Euro-6 engines and models. Technical Editor Howard Shanks joined the Kenworth Safety Truck tour to experience the new high torque output of the Hummin’…

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Heavy Haulage into Savage River

Heavy Haulage into Savage River Words and Photography by Howard Shanks Simply uttering Savage River invokes visions of wild raging torrents of white water cascading through steep rugged rocky mountainous terrain. Its a vision was not too far from the truth as Howard Shanks discovered when we sent him on a Heavy Haulage run to the…

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Kenworth Legend 900 #16

Kenworth Legend 900 – More than just a truck! There is no doubt that the limited-edition Kenworth Legend Series trucks are special. Special indeed! What makes them so special is often a simple story close to the owner’s heart … this is one of those stories … the story about Kenworth Legend 900 Number-16. When…

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