Big Lorry Blog

Classic commercials; haulage tales from yesteryear; and the weird and the wonderful from the world of trucks – Big Lorry Blog has it all! The anorak army bring you tales of big rigs; little rigs and downright unusual rigs from far-flung parts of the world.

Who remembers the DAF CF ATE? BigLorryBlog does! But are any still around?

  Towards the end of Euro 5, DAF launched a special ATE (Advanced Transport Efficiency) range, which was designed with maximum fuel economy in mind. The trucks implemented a lot of technology which DAF would go on to develop for their subsequent Euro 6 and Euro 6c ranges. For a driver, the headlines weren’t much to get excited about. You …

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Tasty new low-calorie cooked breakfast from Chippenham Pitstop!

Those fine folks at the Chippenham Pitstop got in touch this morning to tell us about their new kitchen extension, and some new menu options. The innovative, award-winning truckstop has previously installed an outside gym, round trip walking route and even a set of scales. Completion of a major £250,000 kitchen extension at the Chippenham Pit Stop for truckers will …

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Fully-electric DAF CF goes to work for Dutch supermarket

Here’s the first electric DAF CF to hit the road. With 100km range, 30 minute quick charge and 90 minute full-charge time the truck is the perfect solution for zero-emission delivery into cities, especially those with Ultra-low emission zones. The horsepower is a modest 280bhp, but that doesn’t tell the whole story as there’s 2000nm of torque available from standstill.

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Anstee Services wins Scania XT

Bridgend-based Anstee Services was the winning bidder of Keltruck’s charity Scania XT tractor, raising almost £14,000 for local children’s charity Ty-Hafan. Collecting the keys at the official handover at Convoy in the Park last weekend, brothers Calvin and Craig Anstee said the family-run woodchip company, which currently runs three trucks, has been supporting the charity for the past 20 years. …

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We’ve got ourselves another Convoy!

Convoy in the Park is returning to Donington Park in July and this year’s extravaganza is set to be bigger and better than last year’s. The ultimate celebration of trucks and drivers is back for 2018! After a successful inaugural event in 2017, Convoy in the Park is returning to Donington Park in Leicestershire on 21-22 July with more trucks, …

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A message for Biglorryblog commenters

Long-term readers of Biglorryblog may remember that they used to be able to leave comments on blog posts using a system called ‘Disqus’. At the time Disqus was also used by many of the biggest news sites in the world, including CNN and The Telegraph. However it came to light recently that Disqus had a security breach back in 2012, …

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Big Lorry Blog: How going to the toilet could save your life

Using eye-level adverts in toilets to grab truck drivers’ attention has long been a tactic used by marketing people to try and sell you something, but now the Chippenham Pit Stop is using them for a different reason – to try and save lives. At the Pit Stop, which is just off junction of the M4 in Wiltshire, the space …

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Big Lorry Blog: Check your nuts!

Wheel nuts, that is. While checks are part and parcel of the driver’s life, the wheel nuts can easily be overlooked – but shouldn’t be. A reminder of how important this is comes from Mike Ponsonby. He recounts a tale from July 2010, when, stopped at the traffic lights on the slip road off the M5 Junction 1 for West …

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