WITH OVER 150+ PAGES OF FIRST-CLASS HEAVY HAULAGE CONTENT, WHAT MORE CAN YOU WISH FOR? HEAVYTORQUE, BRITAIN’S BEST LOVED SPECIALIST TRANSPORT TITLE!
Well folks, after a rather lengthy production delay with Issue 16, I am delighted to advise that we are ahead of ourselves with the latest bumper instalment of HeavyTorque (Issue 17). The magazine left the stable this morning, and is now in the very capable hands of our printers.
Whilst the magazine is likely to land back (in our office) just in time for Xmas, the fulfilment/distribution (and delivery) will take place between Christmas and the New Year (Xmas post and all that)! We took the gamble of sending out our January 2018 Issue over the Christmas period and the amount of non deliveries was ridiculous. Therefore, we hope you understand.
Again, if you’re not signed up to an annual subscription, then theres no time like the present to get your hands on what is ultimately Great Britain’s (or the worlds) best loved specialist transport title. If a subscription is not your thing, then of course you can place an order for an individual issue very soon. Please check our website for full details.
In addition, you also have the option to pre-order a copy of our latest issue using the form contained within this post, or if you’d rather speak with me directly (or Andy) then please give us a call on +44 (0) 1572 345072.
Please see below a brief insight of what to expect:
COVER STORY: FLOURISHING FAMILY FLEET
STARTING OUT IN 1976 WITH A SINGLE FORD “D” SERIES TRUCK, CHRIS BENNETT HEAVY HAULAGE, BASED IN BREDBURY, GREATER MANCHESTER, HAS GROWN TO BECOME A LEADING OPERATOR OF HEAVY FREIGHT AND GENERAL HAULAGE. BOB BEECH MEETS THE FAMILY.
Building and sustaining a heavy haulage operation for over four decades is a considerable achievement, especially with the dramatic changes that the UK’s industrial base has undergone in this period. Back in the 70’s many of our northern towns had scores of heavy engineering and metal fabrication companies on almost every corner, this created strong demand for specialist hauliers to transport their products to construction sites, large industrial plants and the docks for export. Most operators were able to work within their own area for most of the time, even loads that took them to other parts of the country were invariably on behalf of local customers.
THE NEW BREED
AFTER NEARLY TWO YEARS, THE NEW SCANIA TRUCK RANGE IS NOW COMPLETE WITH THE HEAVY HAULAGE TRACTORS BEING THE LAST OF THE SERIES TO BE LAUNCHED. BOB BEECH VISITS GLOUCESTERSHIRE-BASED D C MERRETT AND CO WHICH RUNS THE FIRST NEW GENERATION S730 8X4 TRACTOR UNIT TO ENTER SERVICE IN THE UK.
The introduction of a completely new model range is a vitally important step for any truck manufacturer – the research, planning design and development process is invariably a lengthy, complex operation. This is then followed by the launch in various markets, involving regional dealer staff, the press, customers and other potential users. In addition, the production process has to be devised implemented and streamlined to hopefully meet predicted demand. Meanwhile supply chains with component suppliers have to be established and perfected, otherwise the vehicle production line will not function efficiently.
WITH OVER 100 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE IN THE MOVING AND INSTALLATION OF COMPLEX MACHINERY, BATLEY-BASED J EXLEY CONTINUALLY INNOVATES FOR INDUSTRY. LUCY RADLEY VISITS AN ESTABLISHED OPERATION THAT IS MOVING AHEAD OF THE TIMES.
100 years ago Batley, a small town to the south of Leeds in West Yorkshire, was a very different place. Textiles were the thing, and numerous small businesses sprung up alongside the thriving mills to provide the industry with all the peripheral services it needed. “There were 40 mills just between Birstall and Dewsbury,” says Greg Exley, managing director of J Exley speaking in his office halfway down the Bradford Road. Exley’s great grandfather started the business over 100 years ago and the family has been both living and working in this yard since the 1930s. Greg Exley is the fourth generation to have the reins of the family business – a very different company to the one Joah Exley first built.
HISTORY ON THE MOVE
MCFADYENS TRANSPORT, WHICH OFFERS A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES FOR THE WIND ENERGY SECTOR AND BEYOND, HAS RENOVATED A SCANIA LONGLINE TRACTOR UNIT AS ITS FLAGSHIP AND HISTORY ARTWORK GALLERY. BOB BEECH RE-VISITS THE CAMPBELTOWN-BASED COMPANY TO FIND OUT HOW FAR IT HAS PROGRESSED, PARTICULARLY IN RECENT YEARS.
It’s very important for all long-established companies to acknowledge the history and development of the enterprise – this brings a sense of direction and achievement to any organisation. This is particularly relevant with family concerns, where different generations have striven to build the business, often taking the operation in new directions, making their own mark upon both the company and family history. If a company has a keen sense of its development through the generations, there are numerous ways to celebrate this and one of the most obvious ways for a transport company to display its history is by having a special vehicle, a company flagship that really stands out and tells the story behind the business.
WEST COUNTRY KINGS
AVONMOUTH-BASED KINGS HEAVY HAULAGE IS A SUBSTANTIAL FAMILY-OWNED CONCERN THAT HAS MAINTAINED A STRONG PRESENCE IN SPECIALIST TRANSPORT, PARTICULARLY IN THE WEST COUNTRY, SINCE 1969. BOB BEECH CHARTS ITS HISTORY.
There are certain long-established heavy transport companies that are invariably associated with the part of the country in which they are based, they are the backbone of the industry, have dealt with the peaks and troughs of business over the decades and continue to thrive in the modern world. Kings Heavy Haulage is a perfect example of this effect. Kings’ red and white fleet of trucks, predominately Volvo since the 70’s, continues to be a regular sight throughout the UK and Europe. The company was featured on prime-time TV, giving the general public an insight into specialist road transport. The business has endured economic downturns and faced various challenges, but is thriving with big plans for the future, not least celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019.
WHEN THE BOAT COMES IN
BUILT IN 1894, THE EXPERIMENTAL STEAM LAUNCH TURBINIA, IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF MARITIME HISTORY AND WAS ONCE THE FASTEST SHIP IN THE WORLD. HOWEVER, ON THREE OCCASIONS IT’S BEEN MOVED AT A SNAIL’S PACE BY ROAD, AS JON HARLE REPORTS.
As a publicity stunt, it was audacious, but brilliant. In 1897, Tyneside engineer Charles Parsons wanted to show off his steam turbine-powered vessel, Turbinia. Where better than the Navy Review as part of the celebrations of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee at Spithead? But he hadn’t been invited! So Turbinia gate-crashed the party, steaming in and out of the Navy’s ponderous warships at unprecedented speeds of 35 knots, and easily escaping from the Navy picket boats that were sent out to apprehend it.
PHIL ROOTHAM, SCANIA’S PRE-SALES TECHNICAL MANAGER, EXPLAINS TO BRIAN WEATHERLEY HOW THE SWEDISH MANUFACTURER RATES ITS HEAVY HAULAGE CHASSIS ON THEIR DESIGN CAPABILITIES, NOT JUST STGO ‘BREAK-POINTS’.
When we ask Phil Rootham how he got started in the business he tells us: “I think it might be a little bit of a stereotype.” We obviously look blank before he explains “…a stereotype of all your other interviews!” Ahh…now we get it. Having read the comments of previous manufacturer interviewees in HeavyTorque, Rootham says he shares a similar ‘early indoctrination’ into the industry with them. “I had two uncles, one drove trucks, the other was a mechanic. The one who was the mechanic maintained lots of other independent hauliers’ vehicles and his business slowly turned into a workshop. I started working for him on Saturday mornings at the age of 12 oiling padlocks and fetching bacon sandwiches.” But what was the attraction of trucks at that tender age? Rootham reckons: “I had an interest in vehicles, and how things worked. For me it was always about how everything came together at a single point.”