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Giti Big Test

This story begins at a large rock, located at a quiet junction on a road that’s so off the grid it doesn’t even appear on Google maps.

 

Te Awa junction – fondly known as “The Rock” – is deep in the heart of the Kaingaroa Forest, somewhere southeast of Rotorua...

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Fleet Focus

t’s a long-running name in road transport – an operation well-known for its onetime passion for rare Marmon trucks, for its gold-coloured trucks…and its also-rare Dad and twin daughters driver lineup.

 

In its current incarnation, Waihi-based John Lockley Transport is also readily-recognisable for its classic North American lineup – one Peterbilt and four Kenworths...

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NZ Truck & Driver News

A team of Kiwi truck mechanics has won the Scania Top Team World Final.

 

The five-strong All Torque All Noise team from CablePrice Whangarei took the honours – and the $NZ84,000 first prize purse – in the finale of a global contest in which 8000 service technicians and parts experts from 70 countries had taken part...

 

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Road Transport Forum

When Ken Shirley was first elected to Parliament in 1984, replacing former Prime Minister Bill Rowling in the Tasman seat, he said he couldn’t fill Rowling’s shoes….but he would try to follow in his footsteps.

 

The boot is now on my foot – so to speak – as I replace Ken as chief executive of the Road Transport Forum. Ken is synonymous with the RTF in the minds of many and so to immediately step into his shoes would be a very big task...

 

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TRT Recently Registered

A last-minute slowdown saw the New Zealand new truck market just fall short of notching-up its best-ever year of sales in 2018.

 

In the end the overall market (trucks with a GVM above 4.5 tonnes) ran to 5164 trucks – just 45 less than 2017’s 5209 alltime record...

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PPG Awards

It’s a trucking operation that’s been around on the Coast for 60 years. It’s just that it’s had a handful of different owners, three different colour schemes….and two different names in that time.

 

Trans West Freighters started out in Greymouth in 1958, the name first registered by Peter Gurr and Barry Hurley, its trucks bearing a cream and brown livery...

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Feature

I happily admit it: I’ve only ever been a fair-weather, special occasion, few-and-far-between truck driver.

 

Or, as 1967 Formula One world champion, the late Denny Hulme once put it rather bluntly during my previous life in motorsport – I’m “just a f***ing journo!” (At the time he didn’t much like scribblers like me)...

 

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