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.

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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Why it is good to talk about mental health

Mental ill health is still largely a taboo subject among truck drivers – but it shouldn’t be. By keeping it all in, thousands of drivers could not be accessing help for their conditions – and suffering unnecessarily as a result, says T&D’s editor, Dan Parton. Recent statistics from mental health charity Mind showed that 30% of self-reported work-related illness in …

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Big Lorry Blog – Heavy Equipment Model Show coming in October

The annual Heavy Equipment Model Show will be held at Turf Moor, home of Burnley Football Club, on Sunday, 22 October. The show isn’t just a celebration of heavy haulage, plant and crane models though – every year, a larger and larger contingent of full-sized vehicles are displayed next to the venue. This will be second show to be held …

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Big brother is watching you

Facebook is fast becoming the CB of the 21st century, with drivers keeping their peers up-to-date on their whereabouts, traffic, weather conditions – and, of course, what they had for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But how many are unwittingly letting people know too much? I have it on good authority that in France, the ministry uses Facebook to gather information …

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Moving a steel giant in Sweden

This impressive bit of moving took place in Gothenburg harbour in Sweden recently – the gigantic steel structure measured 24m long and 34m wide and weighed about 95 tonnes. Swedish company Tabergs Åkeri AB, specialists in heavy and special transportation, took on the challenge and attached their 10 CombiMAX axle lines with Add-On-beam extension to their Volvo FH16 750. A …

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