‘Ore-some’ Azmeb Quad Road Train

‘Ore-some’ Azmeb Quad Road Train Words and photos by Howard Shanks. Heading up the Lynd Road in Far North Queensland has until recently been a treacherous ordeal along a narrow pot holed road. Today, it’s all bitumen and there are fewer potholes, nevertheless it has still retained some of its notorious heritage which still tests…

Mercedes-Benz Actros 2658 Road Test

Mercedes-Benz Actros 2658 Road Test Words and on-road photography by Howard Shanks (studio photography courtesy of Mercedes-Benz). Fuel economy is by far the biggest standout feature from the new Actros 2658 6×4 as Howard Shanks discovered on a recent test run from Sydney to Melbourne. A bleak cold winter morning with artic wind gusts greeted…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…