I know it’s been a fair while since the last time I managed to grab an hour to pen an update from planet Foden, that’s more to do with my appalling time management skills than a lack of will. It’s been a very busy year for the old girl so far, we’ve been hauling for a friend since he phoned and asked me to help out in March for a week. It’s 14 June and I’m still here. Tonight, Gert and I are on the way back from a fairly regular fridge tip down in Paignton, delivering plants to a mail order supplier to package and distribute countrywide.
She’s certainly racked up the miles since March and passed the mythical 1 million mile marker during the middle of May which was the mileage I intended to retire her to show duties. Yet while she’s going so well I just seem unable to get to grips with the idea of moving on to a modern Euro 6 box.
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Well forked Daf
Remember, we like to cover all sorts of different trucks here at T&D – like this impressive new CF rigid complete with Moffett Mounty forklift
King of the hill
Moving heavy equipment off road calls for a truck with plenty of power and traction, which is why M&J Plant chose a mighty 6x4 FH16 750
Time Machine 2015-2019
It’s the final part of our series on the history of UK haulage. Let’s look back at those innocent times before that pesky virus turned up
Original and best
There are few trucks which have been customised to the level of the Scania 143, but let’s not forget that the standard product was pretty awesome just as it left the factory, like this rare 420
GOING ALL THE WAY
Simon Rogers got behind the wheel as soon as he was able to, and nearly 30 years later, his company is going from strength to strength, with a striking all-black, top-spec Iveco S-Way 570 the latest addition to the fleet
In the distant past, when dinosaurs roamed the planet, truck drivers were a very different breed, made from sterner stuff than us mere mortals
After a gap of 13 years, Renault trucks have reappeared in the unique colours of MacRitchie Highland Distribution. T&D takes the high road to Inverness to meet owners, Donald and Catriona MacRitchie
Cutting a dash
Freshly showered and munching a healthy egg and cress sarnie in Gloucester North services, Chris has a Foden update
Air we go!
On Saturday 29 May at 6pm, 240 drivers gathered with their trucks at South Mimms Services for a parade to raise vital money for Essex & Hertfordshire Air Ambulance
A Cutt Above
From coal to turf to fencing and loads more, there’s not much the Calcutt fleet hasn’t transported over the years
Growing nutrientdense vegetables using regenerative farming
Gert Janse van Rensburg produces vegetable crops on the family-owned farm, Langplaas, in North West. He spoke to Pieter Dempsey about the regenerative farming techniques he employs.
La casa secreta de Gertz Manero
En 2012 la Universidad de las Américas Ciudad de México, representada por su entonces rector Alejandro Gertz Manero, compró una casa en Las Lomas como pago a él mismo por un supuesto adeudo de la institución educativa. Además de que la adquisición parece contradecir los estatutos de la UDLA, la residencia forma parte de los bienes que el actual fiscal general no ha hecho públicos, con el resto de su declaración patrimonial.
IT'S OVER BUT WE'RE STILL PALS
Fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee and his husband of eight years, Vicky Visagie, are splitting up – but they’ve dubbed it their ‘happy divorce’
‘And your English summer's done'
Deciding to ignore Kipling’s gloomy assessment of August, John Lewis-Stempel and his labrador cool off after a day’s combining with a dip in the stream
No kidding.. Ger and Bernard look forward to new arrival
THE SOCIAL MEDIA
Return of the inglorious bustards
Once hunted to extinction due to its size and taste, the distinctly aristocratic-looking great bustard is back on Salisbury Plain, as Vicky Liddell reports
Warm & welcoming
Gertjan Langeland swapped an all-white scheme for this mellow and relaxing look that’s full of soft colour and quirky character
‘THESE CATS ARE LIKE MY THERAPISTS'
For big cat fanatic Gert the two tigers he’s raised from cubs are more than pets – they’ve helped to lift him from the depths of despair
Right At Home
Gert Voorjans crafts lavishly intimate interiors that are almost as recognisable as the styles of his long-time client, designer Dries Van Noten
ENTRE LOS EXPERTOS QUE CHURCHILL REUNIÓ PARA REORGANIZAR ORIENTE PRÓXIMO SOLO HABÍA UNA MUJER: MISS BELL. DAMA DE ACCIÓN, ESCALÓ PICOS VÍRGENES EN LOS ALPES BERNESES Y DIO DOS VUELTAS AL MUNDO EN BARCO DE VAPOR. ANTES DE EMPRENDER CUALQUIER AVENTURA ARRIESGADA POR LOS DESIERTOS DE ARABIA, LA VIAJERA DE YORKSHIRE PEDÍA PERMISO A SU ESTIMADO PADRE —NO ASÍ A LAS AUTORIDADES...