Some time ago we had a young Saudi Arabian guy come and spend some time on work experience with us. Very engaging bloke called Abderlrahman Al-kuhaymi but he told us to use his nickname which was ‘Boody’. We enjoyed having him with us and I think he felt the same not least as he got to drive a truck at the Chobham test track which I don’t think he was expecting! As part of the exercise he wrote short editorial piece for Commercial Motor on the then prospects for middle-east transport. But we needed some pictures and as ever Ashley (‘Mr Middle-East archives’) Coghill stepped into the breach. I’ve had his shots kicking around my e-mail inbox for yonks and discovered them ths morning so sit back and enjoy some cracking middle-east memories starting with this pic of a Volvo F88 and F89 from British companies parked on infamous H4 Tapline crossing the desert, late 1970s. And these are Ashley’s captions by the way.
The long and winding road! “View over the Tahif mountians near Jeddah.” But what’s the truck? Now click through here for more…
“Now a winter’s morning on Tahir mountains,
“Line up of Dutch trucks at Mo-Camp truckstop,
“Forget the sand,” says Ash, “This Hungarion Mercedes stranded in blizzard conditions. Tahir mountains. early 1970s.”
It was only a matter of time before this lot appeared! “Classic Astran Scania 111 posing in the Saudi desert. late 1970s.” Not sure what the camels thought about it…
“Modern day Astran line up,” says Ash “From Saudi. 2002.”
“Last but not least an example of the ‘paperwork’–entry card.” Thanks Ash, great stuff as ever. And a message for Nick Santon–show these to Geoff as I think he’d be interested in them…..
Meanwhile, here’s Boody’s CM article.written (if my memory serves me right in 2007 or early 2008). Nice little story too.
Article About Overland Transport to the
To answer this question I asked the company that started it all what would an overland hauling company have to be in order to transport goods to the
If you are considering going to the
Delays at the boarders are also a problem. The traditional advantage of a speedy trip by truck is eroding as containerships keep getting faster and boarder delays persist, thus closing competitive advantage the gap.
If you still are considering hauling to the Middle East then you will need the following: A left-handed truck,
Ultimately, there is not much opportunity in the overland trucking industry to the
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