Custom Western Star 4900

The Gangstar – Custom Western Star 4900 Story and Photography by Howard Shanks For well over a decade and half Western Star’s custom show winning 4900FX’s dominated major Australian truck shows, inspiring dreams and driving sales to an enviable market share. These prestigious rigs were the inspiration of, the marketing head at the time, Pat…

Details

Scania’s R730 on the Long Run

Scania’s R730 on the Long Run Words and Photography by Howard Shanks In the north of Western Australia, Iron Ore mining is the backbone of the region’s economy. In recent times the fall of Iron Ore’s price to below $60 a ton has many smaller mining operations questioning their on-going viability. Trimming operating costs to…

Details

PBS A-Double review

Double the Reward Maxitrans has delivered four innovative PBS A-double combinations to growing Victorian transport company, Porthaul. A collaborative effort by two of its brands, Freighter and Hamelex White, the combinations maximise payload while their modular design means they can be used for a variety of purposes. Like many companies involved in trucking, Porthaul started…

Details

Crusin’ the Corrugations!

Crusin’ the Corrugations! Words and Photography by Howard Shanks In the wet season the track is impassable. In the dry season it’s a long dusty corrugated track, 800 odd kilometres or so. Yet this is where one Kenworth T6 travels each week delivering much needed supplies to remote centres inhabitants. It is a little before…

Details

Ahead of the Game!

Townsville based Daryn Ward is enjoying more than just the goods looks of his new T409SAR, he’s also enjoying a 7.5-tonne payload increase thanks to Kenworth’s new Electronic Brake Safety System (EBSS) as Howard Shanks discovered. The thumping of the massive jaw crusher at the Townsville quarry was muffled by the flurry of wheel loaders…

Details

Bloody Big Shifts

Yellow Express Heavy Haulage from the 1960s Throughout the late forties and on through the sixties, with depots scattered over the length and breadth of the country, Yellow Express trucks hauled parcel freight, interstate general loads and were specialists in heavy haulage. Yellow Express were one of the most dynamic emerging transport companies in Australia…

Details

The Potato King

“The blood red sun beat down and baked the red clay ground. Dust kicked up around the John Deere wheels. There’s no trace of rain in sight …” Pertinent words from Merle Haggard’s song, ‘In My Next Life’, are a common sight around the country. Yet, in North East Tasmania the massive irrigators have once…

Details