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The largest trucking show of the year in the UK


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With over  2500  trucks and trailers entered  Peterborough Truckfest  is the largest in the UK   it was great to see such a good turnout as the country returns to some sort of normality after the pandemic ...huge crowds attended over the 3 days making it a success ...

There was a strong showing of Tow Trucks of various sizes    because travel from other countries is so restricted  here is a small selection of  what is running on the UK roads 

Enjoy ....

 

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The stunning  KW   fitted with the  Miller  1075   belonging  to  Phil Naish and son ......long established  towing company situated in brain tree north of London..........Phil has an interesting collection of historic American trucks 

 

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A new  4 axle  Volvo  by Dynes Towing,     based  south of London . Fitted with Boniface  equipment 

 

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A  smart little light duty unit   ideal for breakdown service response and lift and tow duties ...from Stort mill  Recovery...

 

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The business end of a couple of heavy duty  units .....note the rearward facing panels on the Mansfield unit .they all have reflective hi viz chevrons....giving a very good out line of the truck at night 

Check out the rear spades on the Highway truck ..

 

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This is an example of vast array of knuckleboom cranes at the show ......this is a 70 tm  cormack crane in a half stowed position .....check out the size of the stabilisers legs 

This is all built onto a 3 axle Volvo  tractor... ...the tractor is fitted with very heavy duty reinforced frame rails  and heavy duty axles ..

 

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A mixture of different makes ......L to R..... Ford transit light duty ,   Volvo 4 axle heavy duty,  Scania  3 axle  heavy duty,  MAN  2 axle medium duty. 

 

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A 6 seater double cab transporter  from Richfords Recovery...... additionally  a Ford ranger support vehicle  from Richfords 

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A 3 axle  DAF  XF  heavy duty from   CMG Recovery...based in the Midland counties 

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A brand new double cab Volvo transporter   this is the first showing of this model in the UK 

 

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An impressive display of knuckleboom cranes ....check out the reach   most have a turning radius of  over 300 degrees 

 

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Always a favourite with the  spectators...a very well kept  Lone Star  from NY Recovery  based in southeast England 

This truck has many show and shine winners trophys ....

 

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The business end of the Lone Star .....

 

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Three very smart units from Crouch Recovery...one of the biggest operators in the UK.....note ...all different makes    Volvo, DAF and  Scania ...all fitted with long reach underlifts by Boniface Engineering....

 

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A brand new model from Scania  for Roy's Autos ....built by Boniface Engineering...was completed on the morning of the show  and  they did not have time to have the graphics installed 

 

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Thanks for the pics John. Looks like a huge show.

 

Got to ask you though....

 

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Is it darker over there?? Can't imagine they can use all those headlamps while driving?

 

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Some strange looking legs on this girl... Is that a kill switch on the back panel?

 

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These long reach Boniface's all look like 2 stage? They remind me of our old "Super Interstater" under reaches we had 30 years ago. Do they build a 3 stage besides the Miller built units?

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Ed ...it was a big show for us ... not as big as some of the ones in Europe ...and nowhere near the size of the shows you guys have stateside ...

I have some more pics I will post shortly......Unfortunately..I ran out of battery in my camera so I could not get all the pics I wanted ...

 

 No it is not darker over here ....but lots of additional driving lights is very popular with drivers and operators alike in the UK and Europe ....the light bars and additional  spots are all aftermarket products ...quite a few have LED  side lights fitted either in blue, orange, green  or white .. at night they look really cool....in very dark situations the spots give an absolute blaze of light ....

 

The red tow truck equipment has an unusual spade design...in fact, I dont recognise the design of that boom assembly, or spades..... note .....it has only 1 main lift ram    it maybe be a one off own shop built unit ...

Yes that is master cut out switch on the transom....a bit of an unusual place to put it ....but....I guess .it suits them  ..

 

Boniface ..is one of the two top builders  in the UK and is part of the Miller corporation  there is a range of different bottom booms available 2 or 3 stage  various lengths ....there is also a slim profile ....ideal for low ground clearance  jobs ....ie touring buses, ultra low trucks etc ...

The Crouch Recovery  trucks are always  highly specified ....Dave and Adam Crouch are very knowledgeable guys and are one of the top operators in the UK estabished over 70 years...Dave has a huge collection of historic tow trucks  and military vehicles ..the largest in Europe....

 

 

 

 

 

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