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Shep Shepherd

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  1. Did the longest run in my driving career so far yesterday: Chelmsford-Exeter-Plymouth-Merthyr Tydfil (achievement unlocked: International Truck Driver). Here's the mighty Merc parked up for the night on a remote Welsh industrial estate after collecting a load of medical equipment bound for the States: I did the return trip this morning in just under four and a half hours, leaving me a bit of time to do some local work. I really like long distance work and don't mind nights out at all, as I'm single, I like my own company and I get paid £30 tax free per night out; I've done two this week Fun fact: Driving a truck over the nearly traffic-free Prince of Wales Bridge at 0500 just as the dawn is breaking while listening to the full length version of Autobahn by Kraftwerk is a pretty thrilling experience, or at least it was to me ^^
  2. I saw that very truck on the A11 a few weeks ago, when I was returning to Essex after doing a delivery in Norfolk; I paced it from just outside Mildenhall to the A14 interchange. Its driver was really going for it
  3. I love seeing that company's Fodens when I'm out and about. In fact, I love seeing any Foden truck which is still working for a living. The same goes for ERFs and Seddon Atkinsons, although sightings of the latter are rare these days.
  4. I recall a car dealer in Deal having a dark green VN Calais for sale for ages and ages in the late 1990s. The advert for it in the local paper described it as an 'Australian Vauxhall Senator', which it obviously wasn't. I subsequently saw it on the road a few times in the area around 2001.
  5. I found a pristine 'stubby' Snap On 13mm combination spanner in the middle of the approach road to my former workplace a few years back. No idea how it came to be there, but it came in very handy when I removed and refitted The Aero's sump in December 2019
  6. IIRC, the Torslanda was a way for Volvo to use up its stock of 240 parts such as alloy wheels and black exterior trim on a DL-based special edition. The idea that it was a 'cold weather' edition is a red herring perpetuated by motoring journalists who ought to know better. Nice car, though, but nowhere near as nice as some of the run-out special editions in non-UK markets, such as the Super Polar (Italy) and the Tack (Japan).
  7. To drive: Volvo 740 estate. To look at: NSU Ro80. To work on: a 'project car' version of either of the above. In reserve: Ford Granada mark 2 estate and Citroen CX GTi Turbo.
  8. To be honest, I've never had any major problems in towns and cities, even in truck-hostile places like central London (people there forget that almost everything around them was brought to the city in a truck), even though other road users, pedestrians and the general layout of roads and junctions don't make things easy a lot of the time. I much prefer the open road.
  9. It's not the greatest on inclines, especially when fully laden, but it's a nice truck nonetheless. Here's a rare shot of me actually driving the thing, taken last month by a Cambridgeshire-based friend of mine whom I visited while on a driving break: Check out the overhang! It's not actually noticeable when I'm driving, though.
  10. The truck I've been driving for the past three months, a 2017 M-B Antos, pictured earlier this week near Oxford: A giant leap from the 2015 DAF CF I drove before I took voluntary redundancy from my previous job last summer, and probably the best truck I've ever driven. Probably the best job I've ever had, too
  11. Here's mine. A £995 eBay bargain in 2016: Scruffy but sound and going strong as a daily driver at 193,000 miles and counting
  12. The 1977 Volvo 244 DLS commands pretty high four-figure sums in Volvo circles these days, as although it wasn't all that different to a standard 244 DL, apart from having the 264 GL's bonnet, headlights and front grille fitted, it has an interesting backstory. It was limited to 1000 examples, all of which were sold in the former German Democratic Republic, and was only available to the very few citizens with enough money to pay for them outright and to favoured people such as scientists, actors, musicians, sportspeople and the like. Many were very well looked after, so their survival rate is quite high. Rumour has it that Volvo were paid for the cars in East German lager as opposed to cash. At least they got paid for them, unlike the 144s the company sold to North Korea in the early 1970s
  13. The idea of an MG Ambassador really appeals to me.
  14. In my opinion, the pre-1985 Federal Escort looks pretty rank, due to all of the chrome and its recessed headlights, but the 1985-1990 version is quite a good-looking car, a bit like a scaled-up mark 3.
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