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December Rig of the Month

December Rig of the Month
This is the tale of how a monkey, a bear and a cab-over combined to become the pride of a fleet

Sean Craig is the sort of guy who always wants more, especially when it comes to the bells and whistles that adorn his big rigs.

The 35-year-old, who forms one half of the Melbourne-based Sean Craig and Family Logistics, is the proud owner of a eye-catching 2011 Kenworth K200 that boasts probably the most impressive entertainment system we’ve ever seen at Truckin’ Life, but he was quick to point out he probably should have gone one step further.

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Nov Rig of the Month

Nov Rig of the Month
Don’t be fooled by the swashbuckling fairy tale character airbrushed on the sleeper: this big Titan is rated at 240 tonnes and plays hard. As Lyndon Keane discovers, it’s anything but a pussy cat

As I pull into the Mactrans Heavy Haulage parking lot and set eyes on it for the first time, it’s hard not to notice the incredible airbrushing that adorns the sleeper of the 2008 Mack Titan.

Bringing my rental car to a stop and perusing the artwork – a mustachioed, angry-looking feline clutching a fencing foil – the rig’s Puss in Boots moniker suddenly makes sense. It’s not every day you see a fairytale character on a prime mover, and the masterpiece belies the fact the Titan is a hard-working rig that hauls monster loads with the best of them.

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October Rig of the Month

October Rig of the Month
You could be forgiven for thinking this W-model Kenworth was nothing more than a head-turning show rig but, as Lyndon Keane discovered, its been pulling its weight daily for almost 30 years

It’s often possible to gauge how special a truck is without laying eyes on it, simply by listening to the reactions of those who have. That’s exactly how this classic Kenworth came to feature on the pages of Truckin’ Life.

A few months ago, Nathan, the production editor of one of Truckin’ Life’s sister publications, came tearing into our Sydney office and began gesticulating wildly about a “kick-ass truck” he’d spotted not far up the road.

“It’s old and it looks amazing,” he said excitedly. “I don’t know much else about it, but you’ve gotta get up there and check it out.”

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June Rig of the Month

June Rig of the Month
Big dreamers never sleep

It starts in the mid 1950 when Stephano Tripoli who was born in Calabria, Italy and moved over to Australia with his brother Giuseppe.
Their first employment was in Traralgon as labourers digging sewage trenches.
After a while Stephano learnt to drive and promptly got promoted to driving the old Chevrolet tip truck.
Stephano then decided he needed a change of scenery and started work the Locandro family in their fruit and vegetable shop.
It was when he was working with the Bonaccis and they offered to sell one of their shops to Stephano.

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July Rig of the Month

July Rig of the Month
They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, when children follow their parents’ career path and that is true in the Martingnago household. Steven Martingnago’s is the youngest of four children and he may be grown up but he still likes to have a Toy Truck. But this Toy weighs 10tonnes!

From a fly on the walls point of view a Sunday family lunchtime in Snowy and Grace Martignago’s dining room appears quite normal. Their four children and partners are sitting around the table. Plates are filled, cutlery clinks, the grandchildren are impatient and restless from sitting still.

May Rig of the month

May Rig of the month
What makes a person who keeps a low profile choose a truck that is one of a kind, in fact the only one of its kind in Australia?

That’s the quandary that hits you when you listen to Rebecca Fatchen. But according to Rebecca, there is one reason and one reason only for her choice and that is her hunt for low tare weight.
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Rebecca’s father, Merv Fatchen instilled an obsession with low tare in his daughter from an early age. To this day he refuses to drive a truck with a sleeper, carries fewer batteries, has taken out the passenger-side seat, and numerous other weight savings in the pursuit for a lower tare weight. He has a huge payload above 50 tonne on his standard B-Double.

April Rig of the Month

April Rig of the Month
Not everyone is born with trucking in their blood, for some it is a dream that is ignited with the rumble of an engine, and with a lot of guts and determination a new trucking bloodline has been created.

With no family connections in the trucking industry Clancy Chapman started work as an offsider on a Coke truck, but after only three months Gene Burns, the then owner decided he’d had enough and Clancy, at the age of 23, thought “This is it, this is my chance.”

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March Rig of the Month

March Rig of the Month
It was built in 1997. It’s done around 2.5 million kilometres and it still stacks up as a pretty eye-catching Rig of the Month.

“When I bought the truck I wasn’t an owner of Followmont, I was just the operations manager. It had been owned by one of Followmont’s subbies who tipped it over. It had just been rebuilt by Royans when I bought it,” Mark Tobin said. It is one of five trucks he owns and operates as Mark Tobin Transport although that business is largely run by his wife Fiona.

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February Rig of the Month

February Rig of the Month
It’s Australia’s first Cat Truck-based tow truck and it’s nick-named “Tow Cat”. It has so impressed the owner, he’s taken delivery of a second one

“If you want a Cat motor, you buy a Cat Truck,” Associated Towing’s John Knowles said. “Predominately we’ve always run Cat running gear, and we’ve always been very happy with them. From what I’ve seem of the new Cat Trucks they are a good package, it has a good warranty and it ticks all the boxes for what we want. It has a Century tow body and it’s basically set-up as one of our main trade towing and accident recovery trucks.” When John Knowles spoke to Truckin’ Life, Tow Cat had been with Associated for just three months and had already racked up 25,000 kilometres.

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January Rig of the Month: Super Star

January Rig of the Month: Super Star
Company folklore suggests the boss bought it as a birthday present to himself. It had been ordered and while it did arrive in late April 2007 close to his birthday, Dan Baumann told Truckin’ Life, it seems it was more coincidental than intentional. But it’s a good story…

“It was being driven by Ray then,” Dan Baumann said. “He pulled into a job and told the blokes there they’d done a bit of work on the truck; we’ve put on a new bullbar, added high rise air cleaners, sports mufflers, painted it in the same colour and even put the old number plates back on. It seemed they were almost convinced before Ray told them it was a new truck. But it is true it was delivered sometime around my birthday that year,” Dan laughed.

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