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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.

November Rig of the Month - Maltese Star

November Rig of the Month - Maltese Star
The Bedouin keeps his prized horse in his tent and the Teumas share their home with their beast of burden, their prized Kenworth T359

“What are you doing?”Emmanuel asked Donna.
“Nothing,” she replied, with a cheeky smile.
You sure?”
Unable to keep a straight face Donna confessed that she had sent a photo of their brand new truck to Truckin’ Life as a Rig of the Month entry.

Arriving at the Emmanuel and Donna Teuma’s, Edson Tilt-Tray Services property one could think the GPS had got a bit confused and taken you to the wrong address. The house appears abandoned; there are no remnants of daily life by the front door. The undraped rooms are empty and lifeless.

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October Rig Of The Month - Klassic Karma

October Rig Of The Month - Klassic Karma
This Tasmanian Rig of the Month is working hard to earn its place in the Gangell stable.

Is there such a thing as Karma? Peter Gangell reckons there is and it has come back to bite him, big time!
A dyed in the wool CAT man, he is now looking over one great big red bonnet that houses a Cummins Signature 600 EGR. The Gangell family could never have imagined not running Caterpillar engines and were known around Tassie for their “Cat enthusiasm”. There was always fierce rivalry with the state manager for Cummins, but he is possibly going to have the last laugh.

Primal Instinct

Primal Instinct
Marshall Watego had a dream – to own and drive a truck like no other. A truck that sets him apart from the rest. A truck to honour his father and his family. This is the story of that dream and that truck. As told by Marshall Watego to Bruce Honeywill

My original intention was to do up a show truck and to honour my father who passed away not long before we bought this one. I decided to do the Peterbilt up as Optimus Prime, out of the Transformers movie.

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The Macks That Time Forgot

The Macks That Time Forgot
Tony Champion’s L-series Macks give 21st century models a run for their money. Barry Harmsworth takes a step back in time

With the sun glinting on the highly polished chrome, the bonnet towers over my head and I’m 6′3″. I have to climb up three steps, and the 1947-style door opens with that distinctive click of a very well-maintained rig, Tony Champion’s black bombshell – an LTH (Heavyweight) Mack.

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Trident Re-equips a Once-all Viking Armoury

Trident Re-equips a Once-all Viking Armoury
Three generations of trucking and nearly 40 years with Volvo are joined by a new Mack Trident. Steve Morris spends a day on the road with Chris Sanders in the first new, non-Volvo truck to join the Sanders fleet since the 1970s

It’s a civilised 7am.

Out to the right the sun is dancing across the horizon, the paddocks look dry and almost grey as the stubble from the last harvest lies waiting to be churned back into the soil when preparations start for next growing season’s plantings.

I’m on board with Chris Sanders in his late December 2011 delivered Mack Trident heading out on the short run from his base at Gawler, north of Adelaide, to Saddleworth to pick up a load of wheat, just some of the bounty of last season’s harvest.

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Keeping the Blueprint

Keeping the Blueprint
It’s a more refined Bulldog but has even more grunt. It is always a case of breeding with dogs and this is no exception – you breed out the bad traits and breed in the good. There is no mistaking it’s a Mack, just a better one as Wayne Munro discovers as he examines Dibble’s new 535hp Mack MP8 EGR-engined Tridents driven by young pup Greg (Chops) Russo

Time was when Mack screamed its American-ness – when the Bulldog was proudly born in the US of A… A North American purebred. That was a time when there wasn’t much talk of economies of scale, world trucks, global engines, vertical integration or any of that stuff. A time before the world’s manufacturers started amalgamating into trucking global supergroups.

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Horsin’ Around

Horsin’ Around
Loaded with horses, this quarter-century old Scania takes on the old Bruce Highway's 'horror stretch' and shows it still has got true grit

The old girl has still got it, mixing it up with the young bucks the classic 1988 320hp bonneted 112H Scania proved to be a reliable workhorse. Moving stock from central Queensland to Nebo west of Mackay.

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The Graveyard Shift

The Graveyard Shift
The Punisher has been with Neil for three year and has been transformed from an ordinary truck to a vehicle that stirs up all forms of imagination as it powers along the streets and highways of Sydney

It’s barely 4am and the streets of Sydney are shattered by the roars of The Punisher thundering through the darkness. It’s lit up by more than 80 chromed skulls and attracts the almost mesmerised attention of anyone game enough to be out at that hour. This mean, purple rig hits you hard with its polished chrome and its uncompromising, yet eye-catchingly attractive artwork. Neil Pascoe is the proud owner of this beast and confirms he and his mate Joe Borellie have, for months, pushed all the boundaries in spicing up this Kenworth. The Punisher has been, and still is, Neil’s obsession.

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Penrith Truck Show

Penrith Truck Show
Penrith’s Working Truck Show for 2012 was its 25th anniversary. And as Enver Djemal found, it was a day for families and for the people who work the trucks on display

Drivers, friends and mates were busy from the early hours of the day cleaning, polishing and adding the final touches to their show charges. It was the 25th anniversary of the Penrith Working Truck Show at the Museum of Fire venue so it was important to get the trucks on show looking just right. And the 12,000 who attended were not disappointed. Even as those finishing touches were being added, spectators were checking over the rigs and happily snapping away at the artwork, bling and chrome on parade.

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