Monthly Archive: March 2016

More Commercial Vehicle Show highlights revealed

Bandvulc, Bri-Stor Jaama, Voith, Volkswagen and WheelRight are the latest exhibitors to break cover with teasers for the CV Show (NEC, Birmingham, 26 28 April 2016) Voith Turbo will be launching a retrofit lightweight LP490 two-cylinder Euro 6 compressor at the CV Show, designed specifically for trucks, and borrowing from its success on buses with much heavier duty cycles. The equipment is already fitted as OE to Mercedes Benz Actros, Antos and Arocs trucks. Voith says its intercooling system reduces power uptake during delivery, and ads that the compression temperature drops, allowing longer duty cycles and increased air delivery per hour. Voith Turbo sales and marketing manager John Domigan says the newly developed idle system also reduces fuel consumption by up to one litre per 100 km and engine oil is also subjected to less stress. Many UK truck operators may not be aware that their vehicles are fitted with Voith compressors, comments Domigan. So if a compressor needs replacing, we are now geared up to supply them direct from our head office in Croydon. Elsewhere, tyre pressure specialist WheelRight says it will be demonstrating the system developed with Highways England, which recently colmpleted a year-long trial at Welcome Break s M6 Keele services. The system carried out automatic measurements on more than 150,000 tyres 50,000 of which were HGVs. It uncovered widely varying tyre conditions, with one at 19psi, despite having passed the kick test. The impressive take-up of our system at Keele demonstrates that there is a real appetite for a quick and easy means of monitoring tyre condition, comments WheelRight CEO John Catling. Moving on, Jaama will be bringing its driver and fleet management software to the CV Show including the web-based Key2, which currently manages fleets totalling more than 650,000 vehicles, and maintains FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) compliance for many. Modules available include defect management reporting with walk-round appraisals, operator licence management with OCRS (operator compliance risk score) data, plant management, driver licence validation, CPC management and vehicle maintenance management. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles says it will reveal its Creative Hub a Transporter van developed with Startup Direct (part of the government’s Start-Up Loans Scheme) that includes a mobile office, complete with grass carpet and woodland. The van, along with another high-roof Power Office , was developed off the back of research carried out by VW and the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR), highlighting the role that commercial vehicles play in the growth of new and small businesses. Innovation in roof loading and racking systems will be Bri-Stor s theme at the CV Show, with a display of its newly introduced Contego Hardtop, Bri-Stor s best-selling Easi-load roof rack and Itselite lightweight storage system. Contego Hardtop fits the Ford Ranger, Mitsubushi L200 and Toyota Hilux, and is a popular choice among fleet operators and smaller businesses while Bri-Stor s Easi-load system was developed to ease deployment and loading of ladders on vehicle roofs. Retread tyre supplier Bandvulc will be using the show to promote the services of its newly refurbished Central Midlands distribution hub, in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. By improving our services and lead times we aim to realise growth and improve satisfaction levels, comments Tony Mailling, Bandvulc Tyres group operations director. As well as the inward investment in building and facilities, the changes will see new service vans delivering an improved service across the UK. Author Brian Tinham [1] Related Companies Bandvulc Tyres Ltd Bri-Stor Systems Ltd Jaama Voith Turbo Ltd Volkswagen Audi Group UK Ltd WheelRight Ltd [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] This material is protected by Findlay Media copyright See Terms and Conditions. [8] One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team [9] . References ^ Brian Tinham ( ^ Bandvulc Tyres Ltd ( ^ Bri-Stor Systems Ltd ( ^ Jaama ( ^ Voith Turbo Ltd ( ^ Volkswagen Audi Group UK Ltd ( ^ WheelRight Ltd ( ^ See Terms and Conditions. ( ^ contact the sales team (

New Hampshire man killed in early morning crash

NEWBURY State police are investigating what led a New Hampshire man to crash his pickup truck into a bridge abutment near Exit 55 on Interstate 95 north early yesterday morning, killing him at the scene. At 12:18 a.m., state police responded to a single-vehicle crash on I-95. Upon arrival, Trooper Christopher Kane found a 2015 Dodge Ram pickup truck had crashed into the abutment of the Central Street bridge and then caught on fire. The driver and lone occupant of the truck died at the scene. Police have identified him as a 54-year-old New Hampshire resident but did not immediately release his name. The crash remains under investigation by the state police Newbury barracks with assistance from the State Police Collision Reconstruction and Analysis Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Detective Unit for Essex County. The Newbury Fire Department extinguished the truck fire. Two right lanes of Interstate 95 northbound at the crash scene were closed for approximately three hours to accommodate the response and investigation.

What’s the science behind leap years?

It s February 29 so what? So we only get to see this magical day every four years. But do you actually know why? Here s everything you need to know from the science, to the history, to the maths about why we sometimes have 366 days in a year. Why is an extra day added? Loop GIF Find & Share on GIPHY [1] An extra day is added so that the Gregorian calendar year (which we most commonly use) stays in sync with the seasonal year . Because the earth s orbit around the sun actually takes about 365.2422 days (so 365 days and a quarter, or six hours) but the Gregorian calendar uses 365 days the two would begin to drift out of line if we always had a common 365-day year. And, in case you didn t realise, we need to keep up with the solar system because we completely rely on the seasons it gives us from our farming habits to our ability to actually see time pass us by. Therefore by inserting an extra day into the year, this drift is corrected as best as possible. Why add a day every four years? Black And White GIF Find & Share on GIPHY [2] Because after this amount of time, the six hours that we lose after each common year would equate to the loss of one whole day (6 hours x 4 = 24 hours, y see?). So add a day, and it makes up for the slip. What if we didn t add the extra day? Well we d live in a crazy, crazy world. Eventually the loss of one day every four years would get us to the point where the summer solstice would be in December and winter would be in July. That means Christmas would be sunny in the UK and cold in Australia, and there d sometimes be snow at Glastonbury Festival WHAT A THOUGHT. So yeah, we should probably keep adding the extra day. Why is it in February? Fail GIF Find & Share on GIPHY [3] That s all down to the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus and his ego. Under Julius Caesar s reign, his month of July had 31 days, while February had 30 days and August had just 29 days. Augustus was clearly pretty jel so when he became Emperor he pinched two days from February to add to his month of August. Poor February. What are your chances of being born on a leap day? Saskia Keultjes GIF Find & Share on GIPHY [4] It s about one in 1,461 four years equates to 1,460 days, plus one for the leap year. So pretty steep odds but it happens and those people can feel special (or cheated, depending on their outlook) for the rest of their lives. So is every fourth year a leap year then? BBC Earth GIF Find & Share on GIPHY [5] Not quite. Pope Gregory XIII decided in 1582 that if a year is divisible by 100, but not by 400, then it s not a leap year. For example, the year 2000 was a leap year but 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not. But there s a good reason for it remember how the earth s orbit actually takes 365.2422 days? We round the point-2422 of a day up to six hours to make it easier but technically it s still too much of a correction to the drift. So this maths sorts that out, and has stuck around ever since. So there you have it. Lesson over, class dismissed. References ^ Loop GIF Find & Share on GIPHY ( ^ Black And White GIF Find & Share on GIPHY ( ^ Fail GIF Find & Share on GIPHY ( ^ Saskia Keultjes GIF Find & Share on GIPHY ( ^ BBC Earth GIF Find & Share on GIPHY (

Self-driving trucks: are they viable for company fleets?

THE UK government gave the green light in March s Budget for trials of self-driving trucks, confirming media reports that appeared earlier in the month that they would be tested on a quiet stretch of the M6 motorway in Cumbria. The trials will consider the viability of platooning lorries in a convoy of up to ten HGVs, which is led by a driver in the leading truck. In the Budget the government said it wants the UK to become a global centre for excellence in both connected and autonomous vehicles , and so even driverless cars will be trialled on UK roads by 2017. Autonomous vehicle trials have been carried out in the US by companies such as Ford and Google, and there has only been one recorded accident. In spite of this fact not everyone is sure that the platooning concept is viable and feasible for UK roads. Edmund King, president of roadside recovery firm AA, says his organisation supports the development of connected technology to the extent that it has launched its own company, Intelmatics Europe, in conjunction with the AA s partners. Yet he believes the problems could arise with the use of large truck platoons on the UK motorway network because it is the most intensively used and it has many more junctions than motorways in Europe or indeed the world . In his view it would be very difficult to have a 44 tonne, ten-lorry platoon the length of two football pitches, because other vehicles need to get past the platoon to enter or exit the road and it might also cause problems by blocking signs . On smart motorways with no hard shoulders, he also warns that there would be nowhere to stop should the platoon develop problems. The AA s research suggests that people aren t quite ready for the self-driving truck and truck platooning concepts, too. King explains: We know from our research with members that they are nervous about sharing the road with fully automated self-driving vehicles, and in an AA-Populus poll [of 23,450 members], 57% thought driverless vehicles should be segregated on dedicated lanes away from other traffic and 56% wouldn t trust assurances that driverless vehicles were safe. He nevertheless believes that new vehicle technologies can play an important role in improving safety, making drivers feel more relaxed and they can be developed to reduce congestion on Britain s roads. Changing realities In spite of these reservations the government s support has been welcomed, by experts such as Alex Holt, partner and head of telecoms at management consultancy KPMG. While some people may be terrified about the prospect of autonomous vehicles on the streets of the UK, in my view it s a reality they ll need to get used to. To achieve this he thinks the government needs to work with industry to encourage multi-million pound investments in telecoms infrastructure. What urgently has to happen is the development of seamless, high-quality and ultra-fast fixed and mobile connectivity for the safe deployment of connected vehicles . Companies also need long-term assurance, and so he would like to see Ofcom s Digital Communications Review being completed sooner, rather than later, to put firms at ease to the point that they will feel comfortable about writing cheques for large sums of money to invest in telecoms infrastructure and connected vehicles. CFO excitement Tim Lawlor, CFO at logistics provider Wincanton, is also excited by the new technology. He believes that it will inevitability affect his business and driverless trucks will require investment. Yet for now the technology is embryonic. We are monitoring a number of elements that will come out of this technology and one area of it is platooning, he says. Why? Well, it is claimed that platooning allows heavy goods vehicles to travel only a few metres apart from each other, and it s said that this practice can offer significant fuel savings. However, businesses will need to collaborate in order to create platoons of up to ten trucks travelling in the same direction, so this is an area of opportunity for Wincanton and for companies like us because we would be able to bring customers together to create the necessary level of collaboration, he says. How companies use the technology isn t quite certain further thought and development is required, and the trials should enable everyone to work out what works in reality and what doesn t. For example, Lawlor agrees with King that roads with a number of entrances and exits may limit the feasibility of using long truck platoons. Perhaps this will mean that platoons can only be used at certain times of day, or on certain roads, or platoons might frequently need to break and reform, he says. Lawlor also thinks that the benefits of the technology may not be those that have initially been envisaged, but in many cases autonomous trucks are following the driverless car market. In future there will not only be self-parking cars, but also self-manoeuvring trucks to make manoeuvring safer. Not all driverless There are a lot of developments and they aren t all driverless, says Lawlor. There s the in-cab technology and the use of mobile devices and wireless technologies to provide more efficient and environmentally user-friendly utilisation of our fleet, and we are introducing electric tankers for our customers in the dairy industry to provide greater efficiency and to cut carbon emissions. In addition to these developments, technology is be developed to improve route mapping and shared load planning. For the moment, though, Lawlor has no plans to invest in self-driving trucks. Not only is the technology at the early stages of its development, it s also not clear what the return on investment will be of owning or renting autonomous trucks. While the expectation is that the technology will be competitive, it may be that the early incarnations are no more competitive than manual driving, and so as a finance director I will be looking at the financials of this as the driverless trucks evolve, he says. As well as ROI Lawlor says he will also need to consider the cost of the fleet, the cost of usage including fuel efficiency, the cost of insurance and the environmental impact including emissions and the practicality of the fleets to deliver and improve customer services. Users and usage Phil Harrold, partner in assurance at management consultancy PwC, thinks that driverless vehicle technologies will mainly be used for large articulated lorries because that s where you would gain more efficiencies . Operating them in cities may also be more difficult than on open, straight roads where concepts such as platoons will be easier to manage, and where the technology is likely to work best because the trucks need to operate like a train in order to become more efficient than they currently are with drivers in individual vehicles at the helm. The trucks themselves, in his view, are likely to be used by companies moving aggregates, timber, foodstuff such as potatoes coming in from Lincolnshire to a sorting depot outside the London area, and you may see the pattern of distribution changing as driverless trucks become accepted realistically in ten years time . Before widespread adoption can occur, Harrold says there needs to be more public debate and a determination of who is responsible in the event of a collision. He adds that there is also potentially a big home delivery market for supermarkets who could user driverless smaller vehicles to make their deliveries. Like with HGVs, drivers won t necessarily be made completely redundant. They will be needed as a pilot whose plan mostly runs on auto-pilot primarily for safety reasons, but they could also take on new responsibilities such as the loading and offloading of goods. Promising future Kina Wileke, senior vice-president at Volvo Group Headquarters External Corporate Communication department concludes: The Volvo Group has for several years been looking into the possibilities of autonomous drives and we do believe that during the coming years we will see a gradual shift with a higher grade of automation in our vehicles. However, large-scale full automation is still quite far away and so at this stage it is fairly difficult to give detailed information about its implications for the UK. So the extent to which driverless trucks are viable is yet to be seen, and Sahar Danesh, principal policy advisor at the Institute of Engineering and Technology, reminds us that the recently announced trials will be able to answer this question and determine what parts of the UK roads would benefit more from autonomous technology . She nevertheless supports the view that there is huge commercial potential for freight operators, citing that the required radar and Lidar technologies are already becoming more accurate and the algorithms to decipher their signals are becoming more complex. Autonomous vehicle technology therefore seems to have a promising and viable future. Case study: Rio Tinto Driverless trucks are already being used by mining giant Rio Tinto in Pilbara, situated in the outback of Australia. They can run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. According to a report in Business Insider , the idea behind them is to cut the need for high-risk jobs where employees face rough working conditions in extreme heat and often suffer from extreme fatigue . The Financial Times has also reported that the company is already seeing some noticeable benefits from the deployment of the driverless trucks, which are transporting 20 million tonnes of iron ore every month. It s claimed that they have the potential to save 500 working hours per year. Similarly, in the European Union truck drivers are required to take frequent breaks, costing time and money, but autonomous trucks won t need to stop. They will be able to keep on driving.

Check out the gorgeous cars in the new Top Gear teaser trailer

The first teaser trailer for the BBC s revamped Top Gear series features an array of supercars and classic automobiles from the McLaren 675LT to the Ferrari F12 TDF, to the three-wheeled Reliant Rialto. Car enthusiasts will not be disappointed as the likes of the Aston Martin Vulcan, Zenos E10 and Ariel Nomad are put through their paces around the track. Top Gear (BBC) The clip also shows new host Chris Evans looking a bit queasy as co-presenter Sabine Schmitz takes him for a spin and she is forced to pull over and let him out of her pristine red Audi R8 to vomit. Chris Evans wasn t feeling too good (BBC) Co-host Matt LeBlanc is shown driving a Reliant three-wheeler from London to Blackpool although he is stuck on the back of a recovery truck on the M6 after it breaks down. Scowling in his coat and American flag helmet and sneezing in the cold, he complains: I m going to have a good long talk with the wardrobe department. With a stick. A big stick. Matt LeBlanc was not happy (BBC) The former Friends star broke down in a retail outlet car park in Staffordshire and was forced to make an unplanned pit stop in his stars-and-stripes emblazoned car part-way through the motor show s London to Blackpool challenge. He was meant to be racing co-host Evans, whose car was covered with the Union flag. Jenson Button also makes an appearance, giving Evans a spin around the track in a bright green McLaren 675LT. Chris Evans enjoying himself with Jenson Button (BBC) Included in the trailer are clips from filming in the UK, US, Morocco, France and the UAE. A Dodge Viper ACR with a Browning machine-gun roof attachment makes an appearance in Nevada, while a yellow Ford Mustang is shown in Scotland. Car fans will be able to spot an orange Ariel Nomad in Morocco and a Ferrari F12 TDF at Paul Ricard circuit in France. However, there is no footage from Kazakhstan as a big budget Top Gear trip had to be cancelled when the team were not permitted to fly from Moscow. [embedded content] It was revealed on Wednesday that, after a dispute between the airline and Kazakhstan, flights were grounded and the Top Gear team were not able to get any further than the Russian capital. They were forced to return to London empty-handed. The BBC told the Press Association: Through no fault of the Top Gear team, the airline carrying them was not permitted to fly from Moscow to Kazakhstan and so they returned to London. The Reliant Rialto on top of a recovery truck, with Matt LeBlanc aboard (BBC) They intend to visit Kazakhstan in the future to shoot the planned film there. The BBC will be looking to recoup the cost of the flights. Also not included is footage of Matt and rally driver Ken Block performing doughnuts around the Cenotaph in London. The stunt caused an uproar, with Evans apologising and promising the footage would not be aired. The show will be re-launched in May.

Italian tire maker Pirelli to begin serving commercial truck, bus markets in US, Canada

Founded in Milan in 1872, in its 144-year history Pirelli has become one of the world’s largest tire manufacturers, with a focus in the high end range. The Trucker News Services 3/31/2016 ROME, Ga. The noted Italian tire maker Pirelli said today it plans to begin serving the commercial truck and bus markets in the United States and Canada through a new entity, TP Commercial Solutions LLC, which is dedicated to these markets. The move represents an expansion into North America of Pirelli s industrial business unit, currently headed at the group level by Pirelli CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera. The unit supplies commercial truck tires and fleet solutions to the global market. The drive into the U.S. and Canadian markets, which are the world s largest in terms of value for commercial truck tires and fleet management solutions, is part of Pirelli s aggressive global growth strategy. The pilot phase, currently under way, aims at establishing the best strategy for local product development, distribution and sales, a Pirelli news release stated. Currently there are over 40 fleets participating in the testing and development of Pirelli commercial truck tires for several North American applications. Clif Armstrong has been selected to manage the project as President of TP Commercial Solutions LLC. He has more than 20 years of commercial experience to this venture including senior roles within Continental Tire s truck tire division. He will be based in Rome, Georgia, at Pirelli s North American headquarters. Pirelli s strategy for car and light truck products in North America is focused on premium products customized for the particular needs of the market, commented Armstrong. With the launch of the commercial truck business, we plan to do the same thing adapt the excellent technology and leadership of the Pirelli industrial product line to the specifications and demanding requirements of these markets. North American fleets have unique needs which require unique designs, sizes and compounding to deliver the premium performance for which the Pirelli brands are known and respected. Entering this market is no easy task, but with the strength of our future product portfolio coupled with the extensive research and development we are devoting to the project, we will provide North American fleets best in class cost performance and services. Pirelli already offers commercial truck tires and fleet management tools. In keeping with management s global vision for Pirelli, continued Armstrong, now is the time to enter the North American truck tire market. This positions us to serve the needs of our stakeholders on a truly global basis. Pirelli owns and operates truck manufacturing facilities in Brazil, China, Egypt, and Turkey. All technical specifications for its products and production are tightly controlled to provide the highest quality products for OEM partners and global fleets, according to the release. Founded in Milan in 1872, in its 144-year history Pirelli has become one of the world’s largest tire manufacturers, with a focus in the high end range. Pirelli counts 20 tire factories including the U.S. plant in Rome, Georgia and a commercial presence in 160 countries. Successfully competing in motorsport since 1907, Pirelli is currently the exclusive supplier of the Formula 1 championship, the Superbike world championship, and other championships around the world. The Trucker staff can be reached to comment on this article at [email protected] . [1] Find more news and analysis from The Trucker , and share your thoughts, on Facebook . [2] References ^ [email protected] ( ^ blocked:: (

A lasting legacy – Irish Trucker Magazine

A lasting legacy 31 March 2016 Spratt Transport Services is an exceptional bonded warehousing and transport company The late Paddy Spratt literally built Spratt Transport Services up from scratch. Today, his sons Pady (MD) and Sam (Transport Manager) are proudly overseeing the business and are determined to keep things moving forward with purpose as a tribute to their father. We touched base with Pady to get an update on this extraordinary family business. Spratt Transport Services is an exceptional bonded warehousing and transport company based in Santry, Dublin 9, adjacent to Dublin Airport, specialising in handling and stripping incoming freight / cargo shipments from groupage LCL and FCL containers and trailers from all over the world. They hold, store and deliver for their customers as well as offering daily distribution throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. For distribution, they collect and deliver next day to all 32 counties, covering a full range of pallet distribution air, sea and road freight – every day. No consignment is deemed too large or too small from a parcel to a full load. Meanwhile, for freight forwarding customers, Spratt Transport Services covers Dublin Airport every morning and evening for collections and deliveries for both import and export shipments around the world. All drivers are airfreight security trained and the warehouse boasts airfreight known cargo status to hold freight ready for shipping. Since its inception in the early 1990s, Spratt Transport Services has delivered a professional and dedicated service to companies, collecting and delivering parcels, pallets, groupage loads, full loads and pretty much any type of cargo that one would care to mention. The business has gone from strength to strength since moving into its own 12,000 sq ft bonded warehousing and distribution centre in Furry Park in February, 2009. This spacious facility is ideally located for the freight industry as it is just minutes from Dublin Airport, the Port Tunnel, the M1 and the M50. Contained within its own secure, fenced compound complete with CCTV and an alarm system, the warehouse allows Spratt Transport Services to provide a fully-bonded warehousing and distribution, road haulage, transport and handling service throughout Ireland. Spratt Transport Services offers a full logistics service to customers from collection to holding stock, picking orders, preparing goods for distribution and putting shipments out for delivery. With a complete supply chain in place under one roof, they can take care of all their partners transport / logistics needs with a minimum of fuss. From nothing, the vision and hard work of Paddy Spratt Snr. developed Spratt Transport Services into one of Ireland s premier bonded warehousing and transport providers. Decades of blood, sweat and tears finally saw Paddy fulfil his lifelong ambition of operating a thriving family business, serving many of Ireland s biggest companies from a prime location, using a state-of-the-art fleet of vehicles. Needless to say, Paddy s untimely passing in October. 2014 came as a major body blow to both the Spratt family and the business. Bravely, his sons Pady and Sam have vowed to keep the show on the road and they have set about the process of driving the business forward in memory of their late Dad. It certainly hasn t been the way Pady Spratt – managing director of the family business at just 23 would have envisioned things but he is determined to do his father proud: He was the driving force behind the business. He joined BenAir after doing his Leaving Cert and worked in an office handling general operations before they closed down two years later. He took a few of their customers and basically started off himself with a Mini Cooper. He used to have freight strapped to the top of the Mini and he built up his customer base slowly but surely. Eventually, he replaced the Mini with his first van and built it up to five drivers in total. Around 09, he started dealing with a lot of bigger customers and that coincided with our move into the current premises here in Dublin 9. He now had the capacity to provide an even bigger and better service and things really started to take off. Even though the economy wasn t at its best in 2009, he grew the business through the downturn and we now have eleven full-time employees as well as subcontractors and part-time staff. A wide range of services is provided to an ever-expanding customer base. At present, we operate four rigids (two Scanias, one DAF and one Isuzu) and one van. We offer a domestic warehousing and distribution service throughout the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. We also have a network to cover Europe and provide a worldwide personal effects shipping service. We use very carefully-selected partners to guarantee the best distribution service possible throughout Ireland. We d serve Dublin and surrounding counties ourselves but have complete coverage of the 32 counties using our carefully-chosen partners. An upturn in the economy has coincided with Pady assuming control of the business and this has resulted in a welcome upsurge in business. Towards the end of last year and so far this year, it has really taken off, Pady confirms. Our customers are getting busier and, as a result, we are getting busier too. We have so much work at the moment that we will have to consider building a new warehouse. We are not restricted by opportunities, but we are restricted by our capacity and that s why we ll take a look at expanding. We ll look at that this time next year. Pady has been thrust in at the deep end as MD of the business but he s a level-headed and capable young man possessed with a real passion to succeed. He has accumulated great experience of the business from working alongside his father down through the years and is single-minded in his desire to progress Spratt Transport Services further as a tribute to Paddy Snr. It s a good learning curve to take over the business at such a young age and you should come out the other end of it a better person, he comments. Dad got us to where we are today, having come from a very poor background. He built the business from nothing, with the sweat of his brow. He was the first man in and the last man out every day and we are very fortunate to have had him. We will do him proud. It s a family business first and foremost and our sister Kelsey will be joining us soon as well that has always been part of the plan. Our cousin Sonia also currently works in our accounts department. Our goal now is to get bigger and stronger; to make the business as successful as we possibly can going forward and to do Dad proud. We appreciate that we are very fortunate and privileged to be in this position. We have been handed a great opportunity here and we intend to grab it with both hands. We work hard and we are dedicated to this business. You think about work non-stop. Even when we are at home, we talk about the business and how we are going to improve it. You never stop. Like father, like son Spratt Transport Services is in good hands and, with Pady Jnr. and Sam at the helm, the future looks very bright for this proud family operation. Spratt Transport Services (part of Spratt Logistics Ltd), Unit C1 Furry Park Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 9. Tel: 01 8527100 Fax: 01 8527102 Email: [email protected] Web: Taken from Irish Trucker & Light Commercials magazine, Vol 18 N o 5, July 2015

Automotive Rivalries That Shaped History

UNITED STATES Thanks to Trust Buster Teddy Roosevelt, competition has become the engine of industry. In fact, competition not only drives industry, it makes it far more intriguing as well. Without competition, we wouldn t have age-old rivalries pitting generations against each other for reasons often ambiguous to those most passionate. Does anyone really know why Giants and Dodgers fans don t get along? Surely an in-depth history lesson would be required to figure this out but no one can deny that without this century-old rivalry, baseball would be boring. Just like baseball fans, car enthusiasts have certainly reaped the benefits of a few inter-industry grudges. Had Enzo Ferrari simply agreed that his cars were unreliable when confronted by an angry customer back in the mid 60s, we might not have Lamborghini today. Had Carrol Shelby not possessed an innate need to prove America could beat the Italians at their own game, the American Muscle Car Era may never have occurred. Just think of the many iconic cars we ve loved over the last half century that would not have been conceived had the one-upmanship been diffused by one major merger. One thing is certain. We certainly wouldn t have had these five history shaping rivalries: Mercedes-Benz 190e Cosworth vs BMW M3 190e Cosworth vs M3. Photo courtesy of Car Magazine. This rivalry created the sports sedan as we know it today. Without it, vanilla would be the most exciting flavor in the sedan segment. Sure, there were once muscle cars dragging the main in Motown that could comfortably seat four, but none of them would dare take on a twisting mountain road with their primitive solid-axle underpinnings. Once these two German Bahn (as in Autobahn) stormers began trading punches, all but a few manufacturers took notice. Mercedes-Benz spent close to a billion in R&D dollars on their first compact chassis, which resulted in a multitude of patents including the one on which they based their revered 5-link rear suspension. Even by today s standards, this suspension design is cutting-edge. BMW, on the other hand went painstakingly about their task of achieving a perfectly balanced chassis, which included their tried and true inline six cylinder engine. To this day, this elusive 50/50 front to rear weight distribution benchmark is something all sports sedan makers strive for. Cadillac famously scoffed at the idea that a luxury car needed to handle well too when they aired a spot back in the 80s showing their latest sedan driving over orange slalom cones rather than chasing the BMW around them. As clever as the commercial was, it only fueled America s intrigue for the sporty handling German sedans. Three decades later, Cadillac has conformed. The stubborn US automaker along with a handful of others from Europe and the far east are now nipping at BMW s heals through the slalom course, their sights set on dethroning the king. Datsun 280ZX/Nissan 300ZX vs Chevrolet Corvette Twin Turbo Z vs Corvette. Photo courtesy of Car & Driver. The affordable sports car, a segment that dominated car culture during the 1980s and reached its pinnacle in the mid 1990s, would never have been born without these two blue collar bruisers facing off. They were the ultimate expression of American brute force versus Japanese finesse. This dichotomy dated back to the Pacific theater of WWII, where heavily armed & armored (heck, these things were just plain heavy) US Hellcats engaged in dogfights with the much lighter, nimbler, and modestly armed Japanese P-Zero. Today, however, the sports car made for the working class hero is all but a myth. One can hope that it might return some day, but if that boring jack-of-all-trades crossover sitting in your driveway has anything to say about it, don t hold your breath. Acura NSX vs Porsche 911 Acura NSX vs Porsche 911. Photo courtesy of Motor Trend. Without this contest, reliability and livability would never have been something exotic and supercar makers considered important. Instead of track days, you d be attending rack days as in, My Ferrari is up on the rack again having a new transmission installed for the 10th time since I bought it a month ago. Until the early 90s, Porsche sat comfortably in control of buyers looking for something that could challenge a Ferrari on the track but could leave it whimpering at the junction where track meets road like a small child being asked to jump into the deep end of the pool for the first time. Sure, the 911 looked no sexier than a VW Beetle on steroids, but you couldn t have your cake and eat it too back in the 80s. Acura (Honda outside the US) didn t just sneak into this little party and hide out by the snack table. When the NSX (New Sportscar X perimental) made its entrance, it was like someone had forgotten to lock the cage that had been holding the illegitimate love child of Porsche & Ferrari. Not only did the NSX supply Honda reliability (the best there was at the time), it was an absolute knock out from an aesthetic standpoint as well. Ever since then, Porsche has been designing prettier cars and Ferrari has been making ones that have been offered without the standard flatbed tow truck underneath. Jeep vs Land Rover Jeep vs Land Rover. Photo courtesy of Autobild. Let s face it. Ever since we spanked the British back to their little island in 1812, they have been subtly undermining our way of life. Most recently, they ve been sending legions of actors into Hollywood to steal our starring roles in blockbuster films. I mean, come on. Christian Bale was the only actor capable of playing Batman? Andrew Garfield to play Spiderman?? We couldn t find a nerdy American actor to wear a full body suit and mask? Henry Cavill is Superman??? OK. To be fair, these characters all exist in fictional cities, but they all speak American ! Bruce Wayne doesn t negotiate with the Joker over a spot of tea and certainly doesn t eat biscuits. Anyway, before their conquest of Hollywood, the British were doing their best to steal America s off-road trails. They sent in their best agent (no, not James Bond) to complete the mission. Land Rover had its sights set squarely on America s adventurers. Unfortunately for the British, America sent G.I. Joe. At least that s what some legends claim is the source for the venerable Jeep name plate. Just as the U.S. military acronymized their general infantry, they abbreviated their general purpose vehicle to G.P. Apparently, pronouncing these two letters was still too time consuming so the name, Jeep was born. Jeep has never relinquished the scepter used to anoint serious mud pluggers, but Land Rover has certainly taken the upscale country squire buyers. This rivalry remains hotly contested to this day as Jeep s most recent offerings have encroached heavily into the luxury buyer s field of view. ? vs ? That s right. Only four of the five are listed here. The fifth is for you to decide