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Tow Trucks at another Truckfest


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We attended the South Eastern  Truckfest  at Hop Farm    just south of London  with about 500 trucks on show  to include, tractor trailers, historic, specialist vehicles and tow trucks ...

A recovery demonstration was held in the main arena  in front of a large crowd by the Professional Recovery Drivers Club   ( PRDC )  organised and commentary  by Stan Gallears, showing the overturn  and upright of a large tractor trailer ....plus various scenarios involving car recovery  etc 

Stan is also part of the UK  Slowdown Move Over campaign  and was using commentary time to get the message across to the viewing public ....




Stan  works as a Heavy Recovery operative  for Crouch Recovery his truck is the 4 axle  Scania   530  hp V8 diesel  fitted with Boniface Recoverer ,  twin winch  maxi reach equipment



A very smart custom built light duty transporter with a Century rollback body  giving a working payload in excess of 4 tons 

Operated by  highly respected  Ashford Recovery,  owned by  my old friend Nick Ovenden  and driven by eliot Pauley 




This is a band new Volvo on 3 axles  for Dynes Recovery    fitted with the latest walk in  type locker system  very popular  with  European operators ...20190818_113949.thumb.jpg.7f3214cee99be41c5b6666eefc258109.jpg


This is a lightweight  Iveco  rollback  also operated by Dynes   payload approximately 2 tons 

The livery is specially done to raise funds and commemorate  one of their drivers who was tragically killed at the roadside whilst on a rescue job .....




This is a NRC Rotator operated by  Cedars Assist  based on a 4 axle MAN  chassis fitted with the very latest low emission engine  now necessary to  enable working in London.




A brand new DAF  on 4 axles  operated by Niel Yates Recovery   part of his fleet replacement program   also featuring the latest Boniface euro style body and Recoverer equipment.




This has to be one of my favourite   older  Rotators,  and a very hard working truck,  on a triaxle  rear ended   cabover  Kenworth,  the  paint scheme affectionately named and based on BJ the Bear ......several of Neils fleet has the same colour  scheme ...




A new 3 axle DAF  also fitted with the high Euro style body  from Boniface and maxi reach equipment    from Neil Yates Recovery.




A 4 axle plant lorry  fitted with a massive 65ton /metre knuckleboom crane  designed to haul plant and construction equipment ....additionally it can be used for  vehicle Recovery  work at accident scenes and all sorts of load transfers and lifting situations 

Neil tells me he wanted his trucks to be as versatile as possible and able to be put to most situations ....so far they haven't failed to perform ..










This is a tractor  also fitted with a huge  75 ton/metre  knuckleboom  crane     also operated by Neil Yates 

Check out the rear subframe and stabilisers legs double extenders ....they extend out nearly 20 feet either side 


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