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DAF DRIVER MARKET LEADER INSIDE THE UK’S #1 TRUCK MANUFACTURER

DAF TRUCKS CELEBRATES 25 YEARS AT THE TOP

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DAF DRIVER STRONGMAN EDDIE HALL MCMULLEN & SONS PROFILE DRIVER SHORTAGE!

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Happy snapper

Behind the scenes on DAF Trucks photoshoots

In the driving seat Spotlight falls on new DAF Trucks managing director, Laurence Drake

Panda cars

The evolution of the UK’s police vehicle fleet

LATEST DAF TRUCKS NEWS • UK DEALER LOCATOR • OPERATOR SUCCESS STORIES • INDUSTRY OPINION • HEALTH AND SAFETY


WELCOME FROM YOUR PUBLISHER

DAF CF PURE EXCELLENCE WELCOME TO THE LATEST EDITION OF OUR NEW-LOOK MAGAZINE

Ready to Tip trucks available now!

Despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak across the world, the team at DAF Driver magazine thought it was important to continue to provide the same great mix of industry and lifestyle stories. This issue’s content was delivered before the restrictions to everyday life were introduced, but operators are still running DAF vehicles on essential journeys and deliveries to limit disruption as much as they can.  Stay at home. Wash your hands. Protect the NHS. Publisher - Matthew Eisenegger

Welcome to

THE FIRST DAFS OF SPRING

W With the DAF Ready to Go programme you could drive away with a brand-new Construction CF FAD 32t 8x4 Tipper with equipment supplied by Boweld, Wilcox & Thompson. A wide range of industry specific vehicles have been pre-built and are Ready to Go. Call your local DAF dealer to find out more.

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elcome to the Spring issue of DAF Driver, where we join the UK’s leading truck manufacturer in celebrating 25 years of market leadership. There’s been a lot of progress in that time, with trucks now carrying more than ever before, but producing a tiny fraction of the toxic emissions that they did in 1995. There have also been great leaps forward in everything from driver comfort to active safety but, during all these developments, DAF Trucks has never lost sight of the importance of keeping the customer central to all that it does – and consequentially remains unchallenged as UK market leader. A strong and independent dealer network has been a key factor in all of this – and when it comes to strength we have a fascinating interview with Eddie Hall, a former DAF truck technician at Lex in Stoke-on-Trent, who was official world’s strongest man 2017 and is the only person to have ever lifted 500kg deadweight - find out more on page 38. Presenting DAF products in the best light has also been an important part in maintaining UK market leadership for over 25 years. For the last 10 years or so, Karl Hopkinson has been the man

behind the camera, responsible for so many of those evocative images of DAF products that have appeared in the transport press. You can see a showcase of the best of his work, starting on page 12. And from one market-leader to another… we’ve got a feature on BMW’s rise to ascendency as the car of choice for motorway patrols for many of the UK’s police forces. The relationship between BMW and UK policing is a long one which started with the collapse of the British motorcycle industry in the 1970s, and some readers will remember the delightfully politically-incorrect advert, that the German manufacturer placed in motoring magazines back then. This advert featured a BMW police motorcycle that had pulled up a BMW car by the side of the road, and the headline ‘It takes one to stop one’. No doubt it sent shivers down a few spines back in the day. We’ve also got a couple of operator features and the usual mix of news, views and competitions to keep you informed and entertained whether you are on the road or in the office. Enjoy the mag! Matthew

By downloading a free app on to your s to life using the power of a new techno To access bonus content on this page s

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Download the ooh-AR app from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android).

Welcome to ooh-AR Download our free app to your smartphone or tablet and bring this publication to life using the power of a new technology called Augmented Reality (AR). To access bonus content in this issue follow these instructions:

• Download the ooh-AR app from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android). • Open the app and point your device at the photos where you see the AR content icon pictured above – and wait for the surprise. • Double tap for a full-screen. Augmented Reality services by

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WELCOME FROM YOUR PUBLISHER

DAF CF PURE EXCELLENCE WELCOME TO THE LATEST EDITION OF OUR NEW-LOOK MAGAZINE

Ready to Tip trucks available now!

Despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak across the world, the team at DAF Driver magazine thought it was important to continue to provide the same great mix of industry and lifestyle stories. This issue’s content was delivered before the restrictions to everyday life were introduced, but operators are still running DAF vehicles on essential journeys and deliveries to limit disruption as much as they can.  Stay at home. Wash your hands. Protect the NHS. Publisher - Matthew Eisenegger

Welcome to

THE FIRST DAFS OF SPRING

W With the DAF Ready to Go programme you could drive away with a brand-new Construction CF FAD 32t 8x4 Tipper with equipment supplied by Boweld, Wilcox & Thompson. A wide range of industry specific vehicles have been pre-built and are Ready to Go. Call your local DAF dealer to find out more.

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DAF DRIVER WINTER 2019/20 SPRING 2020

A PACCAR COMPANY DRIVEN BY QUALITY

elcome to the Spring issue of DAF Driver, where we join the UK’s leading truck manufacturer in celebrating 25 years of market leadership. There’s been a lot of progress in that time, with trucks now carrying more than ever before, but producing a tiny fraction of the toxic emissions that they did in 1995. There have also been great leaps forward in everything from driver comfort to active safety but, during all these developments, DAF Trucks has never lost sight of the importance of keeping the customer central to all that it does – and consequentially remains unchallenged as UK market leader. A strong and independent dealer network has been a key factor in all of this – and when it comes to strength we have a fascinating interview with Eddie Hall, a former DAF truck technician at Lex in Stoke-on-Trent, who was official world’s strongest man 2017 and is the only person to have ever lifted 500kg deadweight - find out more on page 38. Presenting DAF products in the best light has also been an important part in maintaining UK market leadership for over 25 years. For the last 10 years or so, Karl Hopkinson has been the man

behind the camera, responsible for so many of those evocative images of DAF products that have appeared in the transport press. You can see a showcase of the best of his work, starting on page 12. And from one market-leader to another… we’ve got a feature on BMW’s rise to ascendency as the car of choice for motorway patrols for many of the UK’s police forces. The relationship between BMW and UK policing is a long one which started with the collapse of the British motorcycle industry in the 1970s, and some readers will remember the delightfully politically-incorrect advert, that the German manufacturer placed in motoring magazines back then. This advert featured a BMW police motorcycle that had pulled up a BMW car by the side of the road, and the headline ‘It takes one to stop one’. No doubt it sent shivers down a few spines back in the day. We’ve also got a couple of operator features and the usual mix of news, views and competitions to keep you informed and entertained whether you are on the road or in the office. Enjoy the mag! Matthew

By downloading a free app on to your s to life using the power of a new techno To access bonus content on this page s

1

2

Download the ooh-AR app from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android).

Welcome to ooh-AR Download our free app to your smartphone or tablet and bring this publication to life using the power of a new technology called Augmented Reality (AR). To access bonus content in this issue follow these instructions:

• Download the ooh-AR app from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android). • Open the app and point your device at the photos where you see the AR content icon pictured above – and wait for the surprise. • Double tap for a full-screen. Augmented Reality services by

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CONTENTS

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6 PULLING PINTS A visit to McMullen & Sons offers insights into the growth of the family business

12 BEHIND THE LENS Truck photographer Karl Hopkinson picks out some of his favourite images

18 OUT IN FORCE Recalling some of the BMWs that have graced UK police force fleets p18

30 MEET THE BOSS

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Getting to know Laurence Drake, DAF Trucks’ new managing director

32 25 YEARS AT THE TOP The latest news from DAF Trucks, including the latest market performance info

38 EDDIE ‘THE BEAST’ HALL The former world’s strongest man was once a DAF apprentice technician

REGULARS 3 WELCOME The continued success of DAF Trucks deserved recognition inside and outside the industry

24 WAY OUT WEST Barnstable-based Evans Transport goes from strength to strength

36 SIMPSON SAYS Our man Richard analyses how the driver shortage problem could be solved

45 SPOT THE DIFFERENCE Win a great prize in this issue’s easy-to-enter competition

53 MEET THE TRAINERS Paul Kemp, DAF dealer driver trainer and used truck sales manager at Adams Morey

54 TRAINER’S NOTES Talking training in South Africa with Mandy Wannerton, DAF driver training manager

EDITORIAL Publisher: Matthew Eisenegger Managing Editor: John Challen Designer: Leo Gehlcken Editorial Address: Commercial Vehicle Media & Publishing Ltd, 4th Floor 19 Capesthorne Drive, Eaves Green, Chorley, Lancashire. PR7 3QQ Telephone: 01257 231521 email: matthew@cvdriver.com ADVERTISING Advertising Sales: David Johns Telephone: 01388 517906 Mobile: 07590 547343 Email: sales@cvdriver.com DESIGN Art Editor: Leo Gehlcken Telephone: 01257 231521 Email: design@cvdriver.com CONTRIBUTORS Ronnie Hitchens Richard Simpson Matthew Eisenegger Kieron Fennelly Mandy Wannerton PUBLISHER Commercial Vehicle Media & Publishing Ltd, 4th Floor, 19 Capesthorne Drive, Eaves Green, Chorley, Lancashire. PR7 3QQ Telephone: 01257 231521 PRINTING MRC Print Consultancy Ltd 33 Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST3 1NY Tel: 07764 951927 NOTE

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The publisher makes every effort to ensure the magazine’s contents are correct. All material published in DAF Driver Magazine is copyright and unauthorised reproduction is forbidden. The Editors and publisher of this magazine give no warranties, guarantees or assurances and make no representations regarding any goods or services advertised in this edition. DAF Driver Magazine is published under a licence from Commercial Vehicle Media & Publishing Ltd. All rights in the licensed material belong to Matthew Eisenegger or Commercial Vehicle Media and Publishing Ltd and may not be reproduced whether in whole or in part, without their prior written consent. DAF Driver Magazine is a registered trademark.

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CONTENTS

ISSUE 20

p6

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INFORMATION

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FEATURES

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6 PULLING PINTS A visit to McMullen & Sons offers insights into the growth of the family business

12 BEHIND THE LENS Truck photographer Karl Hopkinson picks out some of his favourite images

18 OUT IN FORCE Recalling some of the BMWs that have graced UK police force fleets p18

30 MEET THE BOSS

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Getting to know Laurence Drake, DAF Trucks’ new managing director

32 25 YEARS AT THE TOP The latest news from DAF Trucks, including the latest market performance info

38 EDDIE ‘THE BEAST’ HALL The former world’s strongest man was once a DAF apprentice technician

REGULARS 3 WELCOME The continued success of DAF Trucks deserved recognition inside and outside the industry

24 WAY OUT WEST Barnstable-based Evans Transport goes from strength to strength

36 SIMPSON SAYS Our man Richard analyses how the driver shortage problem could be solved

45 SPOT THE DIFFERENCE Win a great prize in this issue’s easy-to-enter competition

53 MEET THE TRAINERS Paul Kemp, DAF dealer driver trainer and used truck sales manager at Adams Morey

54 TRAINER’S NOTES Talking training in South Africa with Mandy Wannerton, DAF driver training manager

EDITORIAL Publisher: Matthew Eisenegger Managing Editor: John Challen Designer: Leo Gehlcken Editorial Address: Commercial Vehicle Media & Publishing Ltd, 4th Floor 19 Capesthorne Drive, Eaves Green, Chorley, Lancashire. PR7 3QQ Telephone: 01257 231521 email: matthew@cvdriver.com ADVERTISING Advertising Sales: David Johns Telephone: 01388 517906 Mobile: 07590 547343 Email: sales@cvdriver.com DESIGN Art Editor: Leo Gehlcken Telephone: 01257 231521 Email: design@cvdriver.com CONTRIBUTORS Ronnie Hitchens Richard Simpson Matthew Eisenegger Kieron Fennelly Mandy Wannerton PUBLISHER Commercial Vehicle Media & Publishing Ltd, 4th Floor, 19 Capesthorne Drive, Eaves Green, Chorley, Lancashire. PR7 3QQ Telephone: 01257 231521 PRINTING MRC Print Consultancy Ltd 33 Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST3 1NY Tel: 07764 951927 NOTE

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The publisher makes every effort to ensure the magazine’s contents are correct. All material published in DAF Driver Magazine is copyright and unauthorised reproduction is forbidden. The Editors and publisher of this magazine give no warranties, guarantees or assurances and make no representations regarding any goods or services advertised in this edition. DAF Driver Magazine is published under a licence from Commercial Vehicle Media & Publishing Ltd. All rights in the licensed material belong to Matthew Eisenegger or Commercial Vehicle Media and Publishing Ltd and may not be reproduced whether in whole or in part, without their prior written consent. DAF Driver Magazine is a registered trademark.

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Pulling Pints A visit to McMullen & Sons is nothing short of a delight. The brewery and pub chain is steeped in history, with its 190-year-old home in Hertford offering many insights into the growth of a true family business Words: Ronnie Hitchens

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verything about McMullen’s (or Mac’s as it’s more familiarly known) has an endearing

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charm. Quite apart from the intoxicating aromas that permeate the characterful old buildings, the company has the air of a traditional company founded on decadeslong business methods – if it

ain’t broke, don’t fix it! The distribution department, of course, is the main focus for DAF Driver and, despite the old-school feel of the place, Mac’s has embraced the latest technology, most

evidently seen out on the road in the shape of DAF and Volvo 18-tonne drays, including the two latest trucks – a DAF LF 230 and an LF 180. The 230hp unit was at our disposal for the day, chaperoned by

distribution and warehouse manager, Dave Valentine. DAF front and centre “I just really, really like the DAFs,” admits Valentine. “They’re easy to drive and

exceptionally easy to maintain. The mirrors are excellent – it’s the little things that you notice.” Valentine was put in contact with DAF dealer Harris DAF in Waltham Cross in 2018, where a 12-tonne

Photographs: Karl Hopkinson

LF was procured. “Russell [Rackham] put together the spec. I was impressed with the process and the finished product was great – it was my first procurement project with Mac’s and DAF was there,

front and centre,” he recalls. “Harris DAF’s service levels are excellent. I remember taking out a DAF recently, which had developed a knock on full-lock. The Harris technician who was with me SPRING 2020 DAF DRIVER

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Pulling Pints A visit to McMullen & Sons is nothing short of a delight. The brewery and pub chain is steeped in history, with its 190-year-old home in Hertford offering many insights into the growth of a true family business Words: Ronnie Hitchens

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verything about McMullen’s (or Mac’s as it’s more familiarly known) has an endearing

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charm. Quite apart from the intoxicating aromas that permeate the characterful old buildings, the company has the air of a traditional company founded on decadeslong business methods – if it

ain’t broke, don’t fix it! The distribution department, of course, is the main focus for DAF Driver and, despite the old-school feel of the place, Mac’s has embraced the latest technology, most

evidently seen out on the road in the shape of DAF and Volvo 18-tonne drays, including the two latest trucks – a DAF LF 230 and an LF 180. The 230hp unit was at our disposal for the day, chaperoned by

distribution and warehouse manager, Dave Valentine. DAF front and centre “I just really, really like the DAFs,” admits Valentine. “They’re easy to drive and

exceptionally easy to maintain. The mirrors are excellent – it’s the little things that you notice.” Valentine was put in contact with DAF dealer Harris DAF in Waltham Cross in 2018, where a 12-tonne

Photographs: Karl Hopkinson

LF was procured. “Russell [Rackham] put together the spec. I was impressed with the process and the finished product was great – it was my first procurement project with Mac’s and DAF was there,

front and centre,” he recalls. “Harris DAF’s service levels are excellent. I remember taking out a DAF recently, which had developed a knock on full-lock. The Harris technician who was with me SPRING 2020 DAF DRIVER

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Danny Mckeown, team leader

Dave Valentine, distribution and warehouse manager

Fergus McMullen, production and sales director

identified the problem and fixed it there and then. They even fix bodywork issues. We’re treated as though we’re the most important customer at the dealer.” Stop start stop start The latest DAF LFs are both returning between 14 and 15mpg, which Valentine says is “an excellent performance on intensive stop-start work” and also shows an

improvement on the admittedly older Volvos on the fleet, which yield between 11 and 12mpg. Despite the small fleet, that’s quite a saving over the course of 30,000km a year. The Volvos aren’t the oldest on the fleet, however. That honour goes to a 1932 Sentinel SC4 coalfired classic. It still works too, acting as a mobile bar at a number of local shows and functions. Bodybuilder Kurt Hobbs in Kettering supplied the bespoke dray equipment, including ‘skid’ gear which is stowed beneath the body and

THE LATEST DAF LFS ARE BOTH RETURNING BETWEEN 14 AND 15MPG, WHICH VALENTINE SAYS IS “AN EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE ON INTENSIVE STOP-START WORK”

deployed during deliveries, to allow products to slide down directly into cellars. Based at Mac’s Brewery in Hertford, the fleet of seven trucks services 129 pubs in both London and the Home Counties, over the course of a five-day week. The operation is intensive and is reliant on experienced drivers – some with 30 years on the job – with their encyclopaedic knowledge of routes, pubs, landlords and even the pub-cellars. Drivers are on a four-week rota with each completing two routes a day. There are eight routes with two-man crews unloading and reloading trucks every day. To combat high volumes of traffic, deliveries to London pubs start at the crack of dawn – if not earlier. Valentine himself is in

most mornings at 5.30am to download orders, “I just like to get on top of things as soon as possible,” he says. Knowing the job With a good percentage of pubs based inside the M25, the Mac’s transport operation is presented with plenty of compliance challenges. Thus far, the fleet is DVS-compliant with a one-star rating for all its trucks. “Our drivers know their jobs intimately and they’re on first name terms with pub staff – they even know in 8

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which order to throw the kegs down the skids according to each and every cellar,” says Valentine. “Their knowledge of routes in and out London rivals any cabbie too. They know where the traffic buildups are likely to occur and how to avoid them – we don’t need telematics! “One of our lads, Simon Kimpton, started in the warehouse 30 years ago. He’s on the drays now and his experience is priceless,” he continues. “You just can’t buy that knowledge. When a problem crops-up out on

deliveries – and, believe me, they do – it’s the crews that sort it out, whatever the issue. Happily, I only know there’s been a problem after it’s been dealt with!” Valentine also describes the many attributes of another long-service colleague; team leader, Danny Mckeown, who has racked-up a whopping 43-years. “Danny works closely with me and he’s a key person in the daily running of the dray and warehouse. He’s a joy to work with and, after 43 years at Mac’s, he’s still looking to learn new ways

of running the operation to maximize efficiency.” Men in white coats Naturally, a trip to a brewery isn’t complete without a tour of the facilities! The guide is extremely knowledgeable (and rather scientific in appearance with his white overalls), head brewer, Chris Evans. This man is at the heart of the brewery, exacting precise control over temperature, clarity, colour, taste and time taken during each process. Beer brewing comprises simply of malt, water, hops

Chris Evans, head brewer

and yeast. You mix it, stir it, boil it and wait for it to ferment. Evans though, introduces another couple of key constituents; passion and an intimate knowledge of local ingredients. The result SPRING 2020 DAF DRIVER

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Danny Mckeown, team leader

Dave Valentine, distribution and warehouse manager

Fergus McMullen, production and sales director

identified the problem and fixed it there and then. They even fix bodywork issues. We’re treated as though we’re the most important customer at the dealer.” Stop start stop start The latest DAF LFs are both returning between 14 and 15mpg, which Valentine says is “an excellent performance on intensive stop-start work” and also shows an

improvement on the admittedly older Volvos on the fleet, which yield between 11 and 12mpg. Despite the small fleet, that’s quite a saving over the course of 30,000km a year. The Volvos aren’t the oldest on the fleet, however. That honour goes to a 1932 Sentinel SC4 coalfired classic. It still works too, acting as a mobile bar at a number of local shows and functions. Bodybuilder Kurt Hobbs in Kettering supplied the bespoke dray equipment, including ‘skid’ gear which is stowed beneath the body and

THE LATEST DAF LFS ARE BOTH RETURNING BETWEEN 14 AND 15MPG, WHICH VALENTINE SAYS IS “AN EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE ON INTENSIVE STOP-START WORK”

deployed during deliveries, to allow products to slide down directly into cellars. Based at Mac’s Brewery in Hertford, the fleet of seven trucks services 129 pubs in both London and the Home Counties, over the course of a five-day week. The operation is intensive and is reliant on experienced drivers – some with 30 years on the job – with their encyclopaedic knowledge of routes, pubs, landlords and even the pub-cellars. Drivers are on a four-week rota with each completing two routes a day. There are eight routes with two-man crews unloading and reloading trucks every day. To combat high volumes of traffic, deliveries to London pubs start at the crack of dawn – if not earlier. Valentine himself is in

most mornings at 5.30am to download orders, “I just like to get on top of things as soon as possible,” he says. Knowing the job With a good percentage of pubs based inside the M25, the Mac’s transport operation is presented with plenty of compliance challenges. Thus far, the fleet is DVS-compliant with a one-star rating for all its trucks. “Our drivers know their jobs intimately and they’re on first name terms with pub staff – they even know in 8

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which order to throw the kegs down the skids according to each and every cellar,” says Valentine. “Their knowledge of routes in and out London rivals any cabbie too. They know where the traffic buildups are likely to occur and how to avoid them – we don’t need telematics! “One of our lads, Simon Kimpton, started in the warehouse 30 years ago. He’s on the drays now and his experience is priceless,” he continues. “You just can’t buy that knowledge. When a problem crops-up out on

deliveries – and, believe me, they do – it’s the crews that sort it out, whatever the issue. Happily, I only know there’s been a problem after it’s been dealt with!” Valentine also describes the many attributes of another long-service colleague; team leader, Danny Mckeown, who has racked-up a whopping 43-years. “Danny works closely with me and he’s a key person in the daily running of the dray and warehouse. He’s a joy to work with and, after 43 years at Mac’s, he’s still looking to learn new ways

of running the operation to maximize efficiency.” Men in white coats Naturally, a trip to a brewery isn’t complete without a tour of the facilities! The guide is extremely knowledgeable (and rather scientific in appearance with his white overalls), head brewer, Chris Evans. This man is at the heart of the brewery, exacting precise control over temperature, clarity, colour, taste and time taken during each process. Beer brewing comprises simply of malt, water, hops

Chris Evans, head brewer

and yeast. You mix it, stir it, boil it and wait for it to ferment. Evans though, introduces another couple of key constituents; passion and an intimate knowledge of local ingredients. The result SPRING 2020 DAF DRIVER

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is a wide range of unique and distinctly flavoured real ales and beers that appeal to young and old alike. And it is the younger generation that is turning to Mac’s with the launch of the brewer’s trendy Rivertown brand 18 months ago; a range of kegged and bottled products. Mac’s is undoubtedly doing something right, as indeed is the whole business. Impressive figures emerge from one of Mac’s most

ONE PUB IN LONDON RECEIVES 20 TONNES OF BEER EVERY WEEK IN THE LEAD-UP TO CHRISTMAS popular pubs in London, The Nag’s Head in Covent Garden, over Christmas 2018, “In the run-up to Christmas, The Nag’s Head receives 20-tonnes of product every week.” That’s plenty of pints of beer – incidentally, Mac’s best-selling cask ale is McMullen AK”.

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Two pins in a firkin It’s necessary to explain the delightfully archaic units of measure that exist in the brewing business: we all know how much a pint is – whether that’s a pint of beer or milk – and there are eight pints in a ‘gallon’. At a typical brewery, 4.5 gallons would fill a ‘pin’, there are two pins in a ’firkin’, two firkins in a ‘kilderkin’ and two kilderkins in a ‘barrel’. A barrel, therefore, contains 288 pints. At 190 years old, McMullen is rightly proud of its heritage and is able to trace its family tree right back to William McMullen, father to Peter McMullen who established the business in 1827. Peter had seven brothers and two sisters and went on to have nine children himself. Family members exist in the business today with Tom McMullen at the helm as joint managing director and Fergus as production and sales director (and former High Sherriff of Hertfordshire!). While fantastic traditional breweries such as McMullen continue to thrive, the Great British pub looks set to remain as a national institution; and official figures have shown an increase in the number of UK pubs for the first time in a decade – 39,135 to the end of March 2019. We’ll drink to that!

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is a wide range of unique and distinctly flavoured real ales and beers that appeal to young and old alike. And it is the younger generation that is turning to Mac’s with the launch of the brewer’s trendy Rivertown brand 18 months ago; a range of kegged and bottled products. Mac’s is undoubtedly doing something right, as indeed is the whole business. Impressive figures emerge from one of Mac’s most

ONE PUB IN LONDON RECEIVES 20 TONNES OF BEER EVERY WEEK IN THE LEAD-UP TO CHRISTMAS popular pubs in London, The Nag’s Head in Covent Garden, over Christmas 2018, “In the run-up to Christmas, The Nag’s Head receives 20-tonnes of product every week.” That’s plenty of pints of beer – incidentally, Mac’s best-selling cask ale is McMullen AK”.

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Two pins in a firkin It’s necessary to explain the delightfully archaic units of measure that exist in the brewing business: we all know how much a pint is – whether that’s a pint of beer or milk – and there are eight pints in a ‘gallon’. At a typical brewery, 4.5 gallons would fill a ‘pin’, there are two pins in a ’firkin’, two firkins in a ‘kilderkin’ and two kilderkins in a ‘barrel’. A barrel, therefore, contains 288 pints. At 190 years old, McMullen is rightly proud of its heritage and is able to trace its family tree right back to William McMullen, father to Peter McMullen who established the business in 1827. Peter had seven brothers and two sisters and went on to have nine children himself. Family members exist in the business today with Tom McMullen at the helm as joint managing director and Fergus as production and sales director (and former High Sherriff of Hertfordshire!). While fantastic traditional breweries such as McMullen continue to thrive, the Great British pub looks set to remain as a national institution; and official figures have shown an increase in the number of UK pubs for the first time in a decade – 39,135 to the end of March 2019. We’ll drink to that!

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TRUCK PHOTOGRAPHY

TRUCK PHOTOGRAPHY

BEHIND THE LENS

Manx Independent I had the idea of getting the truck out on one of the boat docking jetties before I even arrived on the job. The brief was to create an image that was clearly ‘Isle of Man’ and Douglas Harbour and the ferry is about as ‘Isle of Man’ as it gets.

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Derek Heeps This shoot was a little different as I had taken the same shot a year earlier, but DAF head office requested the same shot, with the latest version DAF for a calendar. It is

pril 2020 will signal the start of my 20th year in business as a photographer. From my base in Darwen, Lancashire, I feel during this time spent

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photographing trucks, I have covered every blade of grass across the UK from the centre of London to the Orkneys – and it’s been great. Trucking is an industry full of friendly and interesting people. It’s been 14 years since my first truck shoot and years later, when I shoot the

launch images of a new DAF livery, the interest, enjoyment and challenge has never burned brighter. No two truck companies are the same: the people, the location and the job they do means every truck photoshoot has something different to capture.

never easy to recreate a shot, especially a year later but, on arrival, the weather was kind to us thankfully. But the crop was at least a foot taller and the road was never clear. It was roughly a 20-minute loop to turn around, so after multiple attempts I had to settle for an image where I had caught the truck in the right spot. The sun was out, but the road was full of traffic including another truck, so the final product was achieved by a bit of retouching. The original is shown to compare and contrast.

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BEHIND THE LENS

Manx Independent I had the idea of getting the truck out on one of the boat docking jetties before I even arrived on the job. The brief was to create an image that was clearly ‘Isle of Man’ and Douglas Harbour and the ferry is about as ‘Isle of Man’ as it gets.

Many of the photographs you see in this magazine come courtesy of Karl Hopkinson. He looks back on a career of many highs and picks out some of his favourite images

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Derek Heeps This shoot was a little different as I had taken the same shot a year earlier, but DAF head office requested the same shot, with the latest version DAF for a calendar. It is

pril 2020 will signal the start of my 20th year in business as a photographer. From my base in Darwen, Lancashire, I feel during this time spent

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photographing trucks, I have covered every blade of grass across the UK from the centre of London to the Orkneys – and it’s been great. Trucking is an industry full of friendly and interesting people. It’s been 14 years since my first truck shoot and years later, when I shoot the

launch images of a new DAF livery, the interest, enjoyment and challenge has never burned brighter. No two truck companies are the same: the people, the location and the job they do means every truck photoshoot has something different to capture.

never easy to recreate a shot, especially a year later but, on arrival, the weather was kind to us thankfully. But the crop was at least a foot taller and the road was never clear. It was roughly a 20-minute loop to turn around, so after multiple attempts I had to settle for an image where I had caught the truck in the right spot. The sun was out, but the road was full of traffic including another truck, so the final product was achieved by a bit of retouching. The original is shown to compare and contrast.

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Carrs Embracing the short days in winter using more flash and creative light, I treated this job like a studio photoshoot with nine studio flashes.

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KARL’S KIT There are standard tools of the trade that we carry to every truck photoshoot. The items include: Cameras: Nikon D850 and D5 cameras Video camera: DJI Osmo Pro 4K video camera Lenses: 16mm; 16-24mm; 50mm; 70-210mm Flashes: five Lencarta flash lights; eigtht powerpacks; two Nikon Speedlights (ideal for working inside tight truck cabs); six Pocket Wizards (Remote syncs, flash lights can fire from over 100m away) Computer: MacBook Pro and hard drive. Drone: DJI Phantom (we have a fully qualified drone pilot on the team) Go Pro cameras: Three in total • Flash stands • Tripods • Camera sliders • Radio microphones for interviews • Chargers and cables • Ladders • Boots and high vis gear for working on sites. “Nikon has been part of my camera kit since I was 15. The lenses we carry have grown and become more and expensive as the years have gone by – we keep the camera bodies for roughly

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18 months to two years, depending on new model releases. Lighting has been a growing part of my equipment. Up until around 2012, the flash light came with heavy powerpacks and either stored 10-15 flashes or needed to work from the mains, but the latest equipment we now have is totally different. We have five high-powered flash lights that are light, portable and can last on maximum power for hours. Video is a new requirement for us. DAF has asked for more moving images in the last four years and we have invested in equipment to meet that demand. We can now shoot in 4k and carry gimbals and sliders, we also carry two radio mics to record the best possible sound on location. I was intially a little reluctant, but now I really enjoy the video work because it brings a totally different angle to think about on a truck shoot. We also carry waterproof covers for everything as I seem to spend half my year working in the rain or knee-deep in mud! Travelling and being away from home is just part of the job. I have driven more then 30,000 miles for the last 10 years, in 2019 we also took 12 trains and six flights for work.” •

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Carrs Embracing the short days in winter using more flash and creative light, I treated this job like a studio photoshoot with nine studio flashes.

TRUCK PHOTOGRAPHY

KARL’S KIT There are standard tools of the trade that we carry to every truck photoshoot. The items include: Cameras: Nikon D850 and D5 cameras Video camera: DJI Osmo Pro 4K video camera Lenses: 16mm; 16-24mm; 50mm; 70-210mm Flashes: five Lencarta flash lights; eigtht powerpacks; two Nikon Speedlights (ideal for working inside tight truck cabs); six Pocket Wizards (Remote syncs, flash lights can fire from over 100m away) Computer: MacBook Pro and hard drive. Drone: DJI Phantom (we have a fully qualified drone pilot on the team) Go Pro cameras: Three in total • Flash stands • Tripods • Camera sliders • Radio microphones for interviews • Chargers and cables • Ladders • Boots and high vis gear for working on sites. “Nikon has been part of my camera kit since I was 15. The lenses we carry have grown and become more and expensive as the years have gone by – we keep the camera bodies for roughly

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18 months to two years, depending on new model releases. Lighting has been a growing part of my equipment. Up until around 2012, the flash light came with heavy powerpacks and either stored 10-15 flashes or needed to work from the mains, but the latest equipment we now have is totally different. We have five high-powered flash lights that are light, portable and can last on maximum power for hours. Video is a new requirement for us. DAF has asked for more moving images in the last four years and we have invested in equipment to meet that demand. We can now shoot in 4k and carry gimbals and sliders, we also carry two radio mics to record the best possible sound on location. I was intially a little reluctant, but now I really enjoy the video work because it brings a totally different angle to think about on a truck shoot. We also carry waterproof covers for everything as I seem to spend half my year working in the rain or knee-deep in mud! Travelling and being away from home is just part of the job. I have driven more then 30,000 miles for the last 10 years, in 2019 we also took 12 trains and six flights for work.” •

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Above: MLG Simply my favourite ever shoot,

MGS I’ve selected this image just because I love Scotland. It’s a great location on the harbour, actually taken the day after the image of MLG’s truck. Shot as part of a five-day tour of the North of Scotland, it was probably my favourite week in business.

brand new truck, amazing weather, location and autumn colours.

Middle: HD Ricketts This truck was shot in three different locations. I wanted to use the big arches in Birmingham, so photographed the arches first and, because there had been an all night rave on the street, when we photographed the truck, there were sleeping partygoers everywhere.

Below: Ironside I chose this image as I just loved the shoot. On arrival, I was welcomed in for breakfast with the family. A quiet fishing harbour on the North Coast of Scotland, Gardenstown a beautiful place to photograph trucks.

People In the last five years or more there has been a real shift by DAF to gear shoots more towards the people, not just the trucks. These days, a big part of my briefs from DAF are about being to capture a story and bring out the personality of the drivers and the company. I like this approach and it has definably been a highlight of my time with DAF – every truck company is different, each with their own little quirks. It takes a team of people to plan, organise and brief a photographer. I’ve been lucky enough to work with the best in the business throughout my career, with Paul O’Malley and Simon Hall in particular, who developed me and have put faith in me since 2012.

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Above: MLG Simply my favourite ever shoot,

MGS I’ve selected this image just because I love Scotland. It’s a great location on the harbour, actually taken the day after the image of MLG’s truck. Shot as part of a five-day tour of the North of Scotland, it was probably my favourite week in business.

brand new truck, amazing weather, location and autumn colours.

Middle: HD Ricketts This truck was shot in three different locations. I wanted to use the big arches in Birmingham, so photographed the arches first and, because there had been an all night rave on the street, when we photographed the truck, there were sleeping partygoers everywhere.

Below: Ironside I chose this image as I just loved the shoot. On arrival, I was welcomed in for breakfast with the family. A quiet fishing harbour on the North Coast of Scotland, Gardenstown a beautiful place to photograph trucks.

People In the last five years or more there has been a real shift by DAF to gear shoots more towards the people, not just the trucks. These days, a big part of my briefs from DAF are about being to capture a story and bring out the personality of the drivers and the company. I like this approach and it has definably been a highlight of my time with DAF – every truck company is different, each with their own little quirks. It takes a team of people to plan, organise and brief a photographer. I’ve been lucky enough to work with the best in the business throughout my career, with Paul O’Malley and Simon Hall in particular, who developed me and have put faith in me since 2012.

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OUT IN FORCE BMW is now the key supplier to all 54 police forces around the UK. However, it hasn’t always been the vehicle marque of choice Words: Kier0n Fennelly

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hile it may seem that BMWs have been wearing police colours for ever, there was a time when squad cars were black or white and bore badges such as Wolseley, Humber, Riley and Austin. As with any other part of the government, the police bought British, as did almost all private motorists. But, in the 1960s, the motorways started to open and people became more mobile, as did the police, which revealed the shortcomings of their vehicles which then started to break down. Typically, they overheated and required inordinate workshop time and modification. The car manufacturers were rarely receptive to endless police requests for improvement. Indeed the poor quality of vehicles was a permanent headache for many organisations. Then the unthinkable happened: Hampshire Constabulary ordered five Volvo 121 estates. Naturally there was a political furor at such an unpatriotic purchase in the public sector and the Volvos remained the only foreign police cars for a few years. But then in 1972, Thames Valley police took the plunge, but went German, not Swedish, with a small fleet of 220bhp BMW 3.0 litre Sis. While other forces continued to specify Ford Granadas, Rover 3500s and Triumph

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OUT IN FORCE BMW is now the key supplier to all 54 police forces around the UK. However, it hasn’t always been the vehicle marque of choice Words: Kier0n Fennelly

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hile it may seem that BMWs have been wearing police colours for ever, there was a time when squad cars were black or white and bore badges such as Wolseley, Humber, Riley and Austin. As with any other part of the government, the police bought British, as did almost all private motorists. But, in the 1960s, the motorways started to open and people became more mobile, as did the police, which revealed the shortcomings of their vehicles which then started to break down. Typically, they overheated and required inordinate workshop time and modification. The car manufacturers were rarely receptive to endless police requests for improvement. Indeed the poor quality of vehicles was a permanent headache for many organisations. Then the unthinkable happened: Hampshire Constabulary ordered five Volvo 121 estates. Naturally there was a political furor at such an unpatriotic purchase in the public sector and the Volvos remained the only foreign police cars for a few years. But then in 1972, Thames Valley police took the plunge, but went German, not Swedish, with a small fleet of 220bhp BMW 3.0 litre Sis. While other forces continued to specify Ford Granadas, Rover 3500s and Triumph

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The E39. A popular choice with the London Met.

WHEN THE E28 CAME ALONG, BMW REALLY TOOK OFF WITH THE FORCE. AS A TRAFFIC CONTROL CAR, IT DID EVERYTHING: IT WAS FAST, SPACIOUS, GOOD TO DRIVE thought the 530i less willing than its predecessor. However, when the 24 valve E34 was introduced, BMW had clearly developed another winner and Woodwood considers this model as perhaps the best patrol car of all time. “Mine did 200,000 miles in three years and not a thing went wrong with it.” With this kind of usage, a police car is in the workshop once a month for an oil change and the usual checks. “It was a true performer, when you consider there were few days during those three years when it wasn’t driven flat out somewhere,” he recalls. The Senators had fine engines and were a match for the E34 in a straight line, but were terribly skittish in the wet and total collapse of the rear suspension occurred on several of Hants’s cars, with the struts reportedly poking through the rear parcel shelf.

2500s as their elite vehicles, the writing was on the proverbial wall for the UK manufacturers’ monopoly. Not only did the BMW offer better performance, it needed comparatively little maintenance outside of routine service, and parts supply was first class. A couple of other forces followed Thames Valley’s example: when Hampshire police placed a significant order with BMW, John Bradley, former fleet transport manager for the Hants constabulary, recalls that questions were even asked in the House of Commons. Michael Heseltine wanted to know why the police was not supporting the UK industry. “The answer was pretty simple,” says Bradley. “BMW offered a far superior deal. The cars weren’t perfect, though they were a lot better made than what we had been buying, but above all, BMW had a support set-up which they’d honed with the German 20

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police, that was just so far ahead of the UK suppliers’ methods.” Meanwhile, the original BMW deviationists, Thames Valley, compounded the felony by blithely participating in a controversial BMW UK advertising poster campaign, that showed a police 3.0Si and BMW R75/5 police motor cycle about to give chase to a speeding 2002tii with the caption, “It takes one to stop one!” Five alive When Munich launched the first 5 Series in 1977, this slightly smaller, but potent, four-door saloon seemed tailor-made for the police and, by the early 1980s, several fleets around the country were running the E12. Then came the event that changed everything for the police. The miners’ strike, which lasted 15 months between 1984 and 1985, saw thousands of policemen from all over the UK deployed

to the Nottinghamshire coalfield. As well as literally rubbing shoulders with colleagues from other forces, policemen from authorities still using Ford Cortinas, Austin Montegos and assorted Vauxhalls, were distinctly envious that some of their (mostly southern) colleagues seemed to have a rather better choice of motor. One of the spin-offs from the strike would be considerable largesse, directed towards the police by a grateful government and this meant that by 1990, BMWs were within the budget of most forces. The year after the strike, BMW introduced the E28. Steve Woodwood, today a retired traffic officer who was with Hampshire police, remembers the 528i fondly: “When the E28 came along, BMW really took off with the force. As a traffic control car, it did everything: it was fast, spacious, good to drive and utterly reliable. And all the gear we had in the boot kept the tail in check on wet

bends. The only thing wrong was those hard vinyl seats. We all had to have lumbar rolls to stick in the small of the back.” Then came the E34. Some officers found the cabin slightly cramped compared with the squarer E28 and Woodwood

About Steve Woodwood Steve Woodwood retired in 2008 after 32 years with Hampshire police, mostly in the traffic division. He drove many of the BMWs used by the UK forces and has restored a number of former police cars, including one of Hampshire’s original Volvo 121s and one of his first BMWs – an E28 528i. An enthusiast and historian, he has written books on the development of police vehicles over the decades as well as a more general study of the history

Five becomes three (eventually) If the 5 Series was the traffic officers’ chosen instrument, the 3 Series took longer to establish itself with the UK police. The 5 Series had proved itself as a high-performance vehicle, but it was harder to justify an ‘expensive’ BMW for non-emergency or lesser duties. In the early 1990s, in the interests of

economy, various forces were beginning to evaluate diesels in panda car-type roles. Diesels were, of course, very unpopular with officers as the naturally aspirated oil burner of the time was slow, smelly and noisy. Established BMW customer Hampshire Constabulary, however, investigated the E36 325 TDS and its officers were amazed at the performance and refinement of this turbo diesel. This turning point would see virtually the entire police fleet converted to this fuel in the coming decade. It was also the foothold which would see the 3 Series infiltrate UK forces to the point where, the 330d factory-built to police specification, became one of the three BMWs approved in the 2013 purchasing edict. Interest in what was the smallest BMW range opened the way for the (petrol) 328i to become an urban traffic patrol car and on the strength of this experience, London’s lawmen, the Met, acquired a couple of yellow M3s. These were traffic enforcement vehicles identifiable only by the police flashes on their flanks. This meant that offenders were usually motoring in blissful ignorance until stopped. Officers reported that often, such was the miscreant’s surprise at being apprehended by a yellow police M3

of Hampshire. He founded Police Cars UK (www.policecarsuk.com) and edits its quarterly magazine. He became involved with this aspect of police history during the miner’s strike. “I became aware of the amazing variety of vehicles used by police forces. It also struck me that no-one was documenting these vehicles, so when they were disposed of and their documents destroyed, all records of them were lost.” Woodwood’s historian sense of authenticity was offended by the way

model makers “simply plastered an orange stripe on any model and called it a police car”. So he set about researching and collecting records if only to ensure that model police cars had some element of accuracy. In 1997 he discovered that one of Hampshire’s Amazons was languishing in mid Wales, but it was some years before he was able to rescue and restore it, a tale in itself. He will always be a fan of BMW though: “I never lost a chase in one!” •

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The E39. A popular choice with the London Met.

WHEN THE E28 CAME ALONG, BMW REALLY TOOK OFF WITH THE FORCE. AS A TRAFFIC CONTROL CAR, IT DID EVERYTHING: IT WAS FAST, SPACIOUS, GOOD TO DRIVE thought the 530i less willing than its predecessor. However, when the 24 valve E34 was introduced, BMW had clearly developed another winner and Woodwood considers this model as perhaps the best patrol car of all time. “Mine did 200,000 miles in three years and not a thing went wrong with it.” With this kind of usage, a police car is in the workshop once a month for an oil change and the usual checks. “It was a true performer, when you consider there were few days during those three years when it wasn’t driven flat out somewhere,” he recalls. The Senators had fine engines and were a match for the E34 in a straight line, but were terribly skittish in the wet and total collapse of the rear suspension occurred on several of Hants’s cars, with the struts reportedly poking through the rear parcel shelf.

2500s as their elite vehicles, the writing was on the proverbial wall for the UK manufacturers’ monopoly. Not only did the BMW offer better performance, it needed comparatively little maintenance outside of routine service, and parts supply was first class. A couple of other forces followed Thames Valley’s example: when Hampshire police placed a significant order with BMW, John Bradley, former fleet transport manager for the Hants constabulary, recalls that questions were even asked in the House of Commons. Michael Heseltine wanted to know why the police was not supporting the UK industry. “The answer was pretty simple,” says Bradley. “BMW offered a far superior deal. The cars weren’t perfect, though they were a lot better made than what we had been buying, but above all, BMW had a support set-up which they’d honed with the German 20

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police, that was just so far ahead of the UK suppliers’ methods.” Meanwhile, the original BMW deviationists, Thames Valley, compounded the felony by blithely participating in a controversial BMW UK advertising poster campaign, that showed a police 3.0Si and BMW R75/5 police motor cycle about to give chase to a speeding 2002tii with the caption, “It takes one to stop one!” Five alive When Munich launched the first 5 Series in 1977, this slightly smaller, but potent, four-door saloon seemed tailor-made for the police and, by the early 1980s, several fleets around the country were running the E12. Then came the event that changed everything for the police. The miners’ strike, which lasted 15 months between 1984 and 1985, saw thousands of policemen from all over the UK deployed

to the Nottinghamshire coalfield. As well as literally rubbing shoulders with colleagues from other forces, policemen from authorities still using Ford Cortinas, Austin Montegos and assorted Vauxhalls, were distinctly envious that some of their (mostly southern) colleagues seemed to have a rather better choice of motor. One of the spin-offs from the strike would be considerable largesse, directed towards the police by a grateful government and this meant that by 1990, BMWs were within the budget of most forces. The year after the strike, BMW introduced the E28. Steve Woodwood, today a retired traffic officer who was with Hampshire police, remembers the 528i fondly: “When the E28 came along, BMW really took off with the force. As a traffic control car, it did everything: it was fast, spacious, good to drive and utterly reliable. And all the gear we had in the boot kept the tail in check on wet

bends. The only thing wrong was those hard vinyl seats. We all had to have lumbar rolls to stick in the small of the back.” Then came the E34. Some officers found the cabin slightly cramped compared with the squarer E28 and Woodwood

About Steve Woodwood Steve Woodwood retired in 2008 after 32 years with Hampshire police, mostly in the traffic division. He drove many of the BMWs used by the UK forces and has restored a number of former police cars, including one of Hampshire’s original Volvo 121s and one of his first BMWs – an E28 528i. An enthusiast and historian, he has written books on the development of police vehicles over the decades as well as a more general study of the history

Five becomes three (eventually) If the 5 Series was the traffic officers’ chosen instrument, the 3 Series took longer to establish itself with the UK police. The 5 Series had proved itself as a high-performance vehicle, but it was harder to justify an ‘expensive’ BMW for non-emergency or lesser duties. In the early 1990s, in the interests of

economy, various forces were beginning to evaluate diesels in panda car-type roles. Diesels were, of course, very unpopular with officers as the naturally aspirated oil burner of the time was slow, smelly and noisy. Established BMW customer Hampshire Constabulary, however, investigated the E36 325 TDS and its officers were amazed at the performance and refinement of this turbo diesel. This turning point would see virtually the entire police fleet converted to this fuel in the coming decade. It was also the foothold which would see the 3 Series infiltrate UK forces to the point where, the 330d factory-built to police specification, became one of the three BMWs approved in the 2013 purchasing edict. Interest in what was the smallest BMW range opened the way for the (petrol) 328i to become an urban traffic patrol car and on the strength of this experience, London’s lawmen, the Met, acquired a couple of yellow M3s. These were traffic enforcement vehicles identifiable only by the police flashes on their flanks. This meant that offenders were usually motoring in blissful ignorance until stopped. Officers reported that often, such was the miscreant’s surprise at being apprehended by a yellow police M3

of Hampshire. He founded Police Cars UK (www.policecarsuk.com) and edits its quarterly magazine. He became involved with this aspect of police history during the miner’s strike. “I became aware of the amazing variety of vehicles used by police forces. It also struck me that no-one was documenting these vehicles, so when they were disposed of and their documents destroyed, all records of them were lost.” Woodwood’s historian sense of authenticity was offended by the way

model makers “simply plastered an orange stripe on any model and called it a police car”. So he set about researching and collecting records if only to ensure that model police cars had some element of accuracy. In 1997 he discovered that one of Hampshire’s Amazons was languishing in mid Wales, but it was some years before he was able to rescue and restore it, a tale in itself. He will always be a fan of BMW though: “I never lost a chase in one!” •

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that they had to have a conversation about their BMW, before they could reprimand or book the hapless driver. For a while in the 1990s, Volvos were also specified as elite police cars. In an astute piece of marketing, Volvo gave a T5 to each force ‘for assessment’. Despite the change to frontwheel-drive, officers appreciated the square edged Volvo, especially the performance of its turbocharged five-cylinder engine. Hampshire evaluated an E39 but, for once, failed to find a role for this BMW and then the Germans produced what became the outstanding motorway patrol vehicle: the X5. Woodwood is proud that his force received the very first police X5: “We had one even before the Germans or the Americans!” The three litre X5d was intended to replace the 4.4-litre V8 petrol Range Rover, which had very high running costs in comparison. “The X5 did everything the Range Rover was supposed to, but it performed like a saloon car into the bargain. It would keep up with the Volvo T5 to 110-120mph, yet it had a fantastic towing ability: I hauled numerous wrecks off the carriageway. I even dragged a horse carcase on one occasion,” recalls Woodwood. He thinks his X5’s finest hour was when he towed a broken down Shell petrol tanker on to the hard shoulder. “The only time the X5 could struggle was off-road,” he says. “I had to go venturing up a slurry tip on one call, involving a murder as it turned out, but with the on road tyres, the X5 was slipping and sliding all over the place and I was really worried I might have to be rescued myself!” BMW has carved an enviable position for itself with the British bobby: the police, however, had to specify other marques too and some models such like Volvo’s T5, provided real competition in the performance police car stakes. But such is BMW’s sophistication that through its dedicated 330d, 530d and X5d range, it is pushing police forces to standardise certain equipment which will undoubtedly lead to economies of scale. Technically this is important too because of the potential to reduce weight: a police vehicle has to carry a lot of extra baggage such as secondary batteries and heavy-duty alternators. The original X5 as commissioned was loaded to its weight limit. BMW showed with later models that this could be avoided; for other manufacturers, BMW is a hard act to follow. In Britain we can certainly look forward to more generations of BMW in the hands of the boys in blue.

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that they had to have a conversation about their BMW, before they could reprimand or book the hapless driver. For a while in the 1990s, Volvos were also specified as elite police cars. In an astute piece of marketing, Volvo gave a T5 to each force ‘for assessment’. Despite the change to frontwheel-drive, officers appreciated the square edged Volvo, especially the performance of its turbocharged five-cylinder engine. Hampshire evaluated an E39 but, for once, failed to find a role for this BMW and then the Germans produced what became the outstanding motorway patrol vehicle: the X5. Woodwood is proud that his force received the very first police X5: “We had one even before the Germans or the Americans!” The three litre X5d was intended to replace the 4.4-litre V8 petrol Range Rover, which had very high running costs in comparison. “The X5 did everything the Range Rover was supposed to, but it performed like a saloon car into the bargain. It would keep up with the Volvo T5 to 110-120mph, yet it had a fantastic towing ability: I hauled numerous wrecks off the carriageway. I even dragged a horse carcase on one occasion,” recalls Woodwood. He thinks his X5’s finest hour was when he towed a broken down Shell petrol tanker on to the hard shoulder. “The only time the X5 could struggle was off-road,” he says. “I had to go venturing up a slurry tip on one call, involving a murder as it turned out, but with the on road tyres, the X5 was slipping and sliding all over the place and I was really worried I might have to be rescued myself!” BMW has carved an enviable position for itself with the British bobby: the police, however, had to specify other marques too and some models such like Volvo’s T5, provided real competition in the performance police car stakes. But such is BMW’s sophistication that through its dedicated 330d, 530d and X5d range, it is pushing police forces to standardise certain equipment which will undoubtedly lead to economies of scale. Technically this is important too because of the potential to reduce weight: a police vehicle has to carry a lot of extra baggage such as secondary batteries and heavy-duty alternators. The original X5 as commissioned was loaded to its weight limit. BMW showed with later models that this could be avoided; for other manufacturers, BMW is a hard act to follow. In Britain we can certainly look forward to more generations of BMW in the hands of the boys in blue.

From 26th October 2020, ALL goods vehicles over 12 tonnes will require a permit to enter London.

Direct Vision Standard Are you ready?

0 How Brigade can help Brigade Electronics can advise transport operators on the requirements of the Direct Vision Standard and how to achieve a permit to enter London if your vehicle falls short of the minimum star rating. If you are unsure what your vehicle’s DVS star rating is, we offer a free service to obtain that information for you.

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- M56 J14, Elton, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 4QZ*

- M6 S.bound, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 0EU*

- Between J3 & J4, Southampton, SO16 8AP*

- M5 N.bound, Hill Croome, Worcestershire, WR8 0BZ*

- M1 N.bound between J28 & J29, Derbyshire, DE55 5TZ*

- M5 between J25 & J26, Taunton, TA3 7PF

- M5 between J25 & J26, Taunton, TA3 7PF

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Alloys

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Van

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Car Transporter

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Prices from 1st January 2019 / Please phone Gary Taylor on 07970 842 423 to discuss special deals on large fleets

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WAY OUT WEST Three generations in and the Evans dynasty, in the rural south-west of England, is going strong. The company, Evans Transport, is today headed by Nigel Evans with his son, Tom, now safely ensconced as a director of the business Words: Ronnie Hitchens Photographs: Karl Hopkinson

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ike the humble beginnings of many regional transport operators, the roots of Evans Transport lie outside of haulage; in this case, timber. It was 1964 and John Evans was felling trees locally, with his evenings spent handballing the timber onto the trucks and transporting it to various timber mills – a necessary evil. However, he quickly found that transport offered better returns and the focus shifted onto the road. Soon, John had established a small transport operation centred around the local timber and agricultural industry, using tippers and flatbeds to shift the loads. Nigel was 16 and fresh out of school when he joined the company in 1978. Then with around 15 trucks, mainly Volvos and Leylands, Evans

Transport hit the acquisition trail snapping up local W J Lamey & Sons in Appledore in 1981, adding nine vehicles to their fleet. At the same time, a clearly ambitious Evans Transport also chose to diversify, introducing a mail-order service. Into the 1980s, the company took the big step of moving to larger premises in Barnstaple – a fully-fledged transport operation was taking shape. Acquisitions and growth The next major milestone for Evans Transport came in 1994, when the business acquired Frank Tucker Commercials – the well-known ERF dealership. By this time, the operation had established itself in the construction sector with a thriving brick-haulage operation; a core discipline that exists today. Steady fleet expansion continued

and more business acquisitions followed into the new Millennium. Tipton Transport – which has since been sold – and, in 2009, Seymour Transport – which exists in its own right today with bases in Barnsley and Maidstone – were brought into the fold. Seymour, too, boasts a sound pedigree in the construction sector. More recently – September 2019, in fact – Evans Transport acquired Hicks Logistics of Caldicot, South Wales. As a result, the total fleet was boosted from 175 to around 260 trucks, while it also added a significant number of low-loaders to the equipment profile. Youth of today Rewind a decade and Tom Evans entered the business. Cutting his teeth in the Transport Office

in 2008 at the tender age of 18, Tom quickly learned the ropes. He was soon moved on to immerse himself in the dark art of pallet distribution – the company is a Palletforce and United Pallet Network member – before returning to the transport office to focus on the bulk haulage division of the company. Today, Tom boasts the enviable blend of youth and experience and is proficient in all aspects of the operation, from customer interaction to fleet compliance. “I’m really proud of the fact that we’re a family business,” says Tom. “My grandfather is the chairman and both my mum and my grandmother are board directors – keeping my dad and grandfather in check! The history of the company is important to us all.” Today, Evans Transport resides on a 17-acre

Main Image: Tom Evans is the third generation of the Evans family in the business

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WAY OUT WEST Three generations in and the Evans dynasty, in the rural south-west of England, is going strong. The company, Evans Transport, is today headed by Nigel Evans with his son, Tom, now safely ensconced as a director of the business Words: Ronnie Hitchens Photographs: Karl Hopkinson

Reproduced with kind permission from Commercial Motor

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ike the humble beginnings of many regional transport operators, the roots of Evans Transport lie outside of haulage; in this case, timber. It was 1964 and John Evans was felling trees locally, with his evenings spent handballing the timber onto the trucks and transporting it to various timber mills – a necessary evil. However, he quickly found that transport offered better returns and the focus shifted onto the road. Soon, John had established a small transport operation centred around the local timber and agricultural industry, using tippers and flatbeds to shift the loads. Nigel was 16 and fresh out of school when he joined the company in 1978. Then with around 15 trucks, mainly Volvos and Leylands, Evans

Transport hit the acquisition trail snapping up local W J Lamey & Sons in Appledore in 1981, adding nine vehicles to their fleet. At the same time, a clearly ambitious Evans Transport also chose to diversify, introducing a mail-order service. Into the 1980s, the company took the big step of moving to larger premises in Barnstaple – a fully-fledged transport operation was taking shape. Acquisitions and growth The next major milestone for Evans Transport came in 1994, when the business acquired Frank Tucker Commercials – the well-known ERF dealership. By this time, the operation had established itself in the construction sector with a thriving brick-haulage operation; a core discipline that exists today. Steady fleet expansion continued

and more business acquisitions followed into the new Millennium. Tipton Transport – which has since been sold – and, in 2009, Seymour Transport – which exists in its own right today with bases in Barnsley and Maidstone – were brought into the fold. Seymour, too, boasts a sound pedigree in the construction sector. More recently – September 2019, in fact – Evans Transport acquired Hicks Logistics of Caldicot, South Wales. As a result, the total fleet was boosted from 175 to around 260 trucks, while it also added a significant number of low-loaders to the equipment profile. Youth of today Rewind a decade and Tom Evans entered the business. Cutting his teeth in the Transport Office

in 2008 at the tender age of 18, Tom quickly learned the ropes. He was soon moved on to immerse himself in the dark art of pallet distribution – the company is a Palletforce and United Pallet Network member – before returning to the transport office to focus on the bulk haulage division of the company. Today, Tom boasts the enviable blend of youth and experience and is proficient in all aspects of the operation, from customer interaction to fleet compliance. “I’m really proud of the fact that we’re a family business,” says Tom. “My grandfather is the chairman and both my mum and my grandmother are board directors – keeping my dad and grandfather in check! The history of the company is important to us all.” Today, Evans Transport resides on a 17-acre

Main Image: Tom Evans is the third generation of the Evans family in the business

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aggregates, ready-mix concrete, bulk tippers, bulk powder tankers, low-loaders and pallet networks. All of this work ensures the company is staying true to its traditionally strong capabilities in the construction and agricultural industries. There’s a real mix of marques too, with Scania, Mercedes, MAN and Volvo all featuring. We visited the company at a time when a tranche of DAF vehicles had just been delivered, with the market-leader starting to emerge as the truck manufacturer of choice with a good spread of LF, CF and XF models entering service.

Above: The operator’s XFs are used for a variety of jobs Right: The Evans Transport fleet totals around 260 vehicles

site in Bideford with locations in Launceston and Exeter, plus the Seymour Transport operation. Bideford affords on-site warehousing and a fullyfitted workshop with Tacho and ATF capability. As for the fleet, vehicles are kept busy on a number of Evans Transport, Seymour and Hicks operations, including general haulage, sand and 26

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DAF tips the balance DAF had, in fact, been selected in 2006, but poor fuel and a few mechanical issues excluded the Leyland-built brand from further consideration. In late 2015, however, DAF was back, with Evans unable to ignore the excellent reputation of the DAF product and its evident popularity with operators of all persuasions. “We heard some good things about DAF, especially the lighter LF range, so we spoke to the

local dealer, Wessex DAF,” recalls Tom. “We took a 16-plate 12-tonne LF with a tail-lift and, to be fair, it performed really well. We needed more trucks and we opted for a 26-tonne rear-steer DAF CF, which Wessex had in stock. That vehicle was quickly followed by another two 12-tonners and then a three-axle CF tractor for our bulk tipping fleet. I’m happy to say the tractor was great on fuel and we got a decent payload too.” What became apparent to Evans Transport during this time was the level of aftersales support the operation was receiving from Wessex DAF – something for which the DAF marque is wellknown throughout its UK network of 130-plus locations. “We now have a cracking relationship with Wessex, especially with Kevin Wills who, unfortunately, has just moved on to pastures new,” says Tom. “Nonetheless, the dealer reacts superquickly, even to very minor issues – and parts supply remains exceptional.” The very latest DAF deliveries include CF drawbar units for Seymour’s and four XF Super Space Cabs in Evans’ green livery. The XFs are fully tricked-

Above: The Devon-based operator is a Palletforce and United Pallet Network member

out as well, with fridges and microwaves among a full range of driver comforts. A dedicated CF Mixer chassis is also proving its worth and is a new addition to the company’s ready-mix concrete division. Driver acceptance of the DAF marque has been all but 100%, says Tom, with drivers happy with the cab accommodation SPRING 2020 DAF DRIVER

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aggregates, ready-mix concrete, bulk tippers, bulk powder tankers, low-loaders and pallet networks. All of this work ensures the company is staying true to its traditionally strong capabilities in the construction and agricultural industries. There’s a real mix of marques too, with Scania, Mercedes, MAN and Volvo all featuring. We visited the company at a time when a tranche of DAF vehicles had just been delivered, with the market-leader starting to emerge as the truck manufacturer of choice with a good spread of LF, CF and XF models entering service.

Above: The operator’s XFs are used for a variety of jobs Right: The Evans Transport fleet totals around 260 vehicles

site in Bideford with locations in Launceston and Exeter, plus the Seymour Transport operation. Bideford affords on-site warehousing and a fullyfitted workshop with Tacho and ATF capability. As for the fleet, vehicles are kept busy on a number of Evans Transport, Seymour and Hicks operations, including general haulage, sand and 26

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DAF tips the balance DAF had, in fact, been selected in 2006, but poor fuel and a few mechanical issues excluded the Leyland-built brand from further consideration. In late 2015, however, DAF was back, with Evans unable to ignore the excellent reputation of the DAF product and its evident popularity with operators of all persuasions. “We heard some good things about DAF, especially the lighter LF range, so we spoke to the

local dealer, Wessex DAF,” recalls Tom. “We took a 16-plate 12-tonne LF with a tail-lift and, to be fair, it performed really well. We needed more trucks and we opted for a 26-tonne rear-steer DAF CF, which Wessex had in stock. That vehicle was quickly followed by another two 12-tonners and then a three-axle CF tractor for our bulk tipping fleet. I’m happy to say the tractor was great on fuel and we got a decent payload too.” What became apparent to Evans Transport during this time was the level of aftersales support the operation was receiving from Wessex DAF – something for which the DAF marque is wellknown throughout its UK network of 130-plus locations. “We now have a cracking relationship with Wessex, especially with Kevin Wills who, unfortunately, has just moved on to pastures new,” says Tom. “Nonetheless, the dealer reacts superquickly, even to very minor issues – and parts supply remains exceptional.” The very latest DAF deliveries include CF drawbar units for Seymour’s and four XF Super Space Cabs in Evans’ green livery. The XFs are fully tricked-

Above: The Devon-based operator is a Palletforce and United Pallet Network member

out as well, with fridges and microwaves among a full range of driver comforts. A dedicated CF Mixer chassis is also proving its worth and is a new addition to the company’s ready-mix concrete division. Driver acceptance of the DAF marque has been all but 100%, says Tom, with drivers happy with the cab accommodation SPRING 2020 DAF DRIVER

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OPERATOR PROFILE Main image: Evans Transport boosted its presence in the construction sector with the acquisition of Seymour Transport

Safe and sound Evans Transport is big on safety, for its drivers as well as vulnerable road users. The Evans fleet is FORS Bronze accredited while Seymour Transport has attained FORS Silver status. “We’ve invested extensively in three-way camera systems, and our customers are making more and more enquiries regarding our safety credentials,” says Tom. “Some of our Seymour customers specify FORS accreditation as a stipulation of the contract.” Tom also extols the virtues of remote Tacho download allowing the transport office daily analysis of its drivers’ on-the-road data. “Much of our work is tramping and long-distance – and remote downloading makes Tacho analysis very manageable.” Business is ‘busy and challenging’ presently, according to Tom, although the fleet size continues to grow steadily. He is ambitious and is keen to see Evans Transport continue to develop in size and scope. “Whether we expand organically through winning new business, or by strategic acquisitions, I’m willing to explore any opportunity.” The family ethic is very much in evidence in Bideford, with the three generations of Evans front and centre of operations; even grandfather John, we were delighted to learn, still keeps his hand-in when required behind the wheel of the fleet of concrete mixers. Evans Transport isn’t the transport industry’s only family concern, but, it’s an excellent example of where good old-fashioned customer service acts as an effective business model that stands the test of time. 28

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OPERATOR PROFILE Main image: Evans Transport boosted its presence in the construction sector with the acquisition of Seymour Transport

Safe and sound Evans Transport is big on safety, for its drivers as well as vulnerable road users. The Evans fleet is FORS Bronze accredited while Seymour Transport has attained FORS Silver status. “We’ve invested extensively in three-way camera systems, and our customers are making more and more enquiries regarding our safety credentials,” says Tom. “Some of our Seymour customers specify FORS accreditation as a stipulation of the contract.” Tom also extols the virtues of remote Tacho download allowing the transport office daily analysis of its drivers’ on-the-road data. “Much of our work is tramping and long-distance – and remote downloading makes Tacho analysis very manageable.” Business is ‘busy and challenging’ presently, according to Tom, although the fleet size continues to grow steadily. He is ambitious and is keen to see Evans Transport continue to develop in size and scope. “Whether we expand organically through winning new business, or by strategic acquisitions, I’m willing to explore any opportunity.” The family ethic is very much in evidence in Bideford, with the three generations of Evans front and centre of operations; even grandfather John, we were delighted to learn, still keeps his hand-in when required behind the wheel of the fleet of concrete mixers. Evans Transport isn’t the transport industry’s only family concern, but, it’s an excellent example of where good old-fashioned customer service acts as an effective business model that stands the test of time. 28

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A WEEK IN THE LIFE

A WEEK IN THE LIFE

MEET THE BOSS The new managing director at DAF Trucks, Laurence Drake, takes the helm as the brand celebrates 25 years as market leader, but also deals with the fallout from a global pandemic. Even without the coronavirus to contend with, the average working week is always a very hectic one. Words: Ronnie Hitchens

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aurence Drake, 45, was appointed managing director of DAF Trucks in September 2019 – he is, we think, the youngest MD among all the truck OEMs. He is also a dyed-in-thewool DAF man and has remained so since joining the company in 2000, after two years with a not-for-profit organisation studying management accountancy. His first role was managing a small team as a financial accountant, before becoming credit manager with responsibility for dealer and customer credit lines. With bold ambition, Drake was keen to climb the career ladder and, even then, he set his sights on the company’s top job, “I cared about the business and I wanted to be involved in everything – especially the people,” he says. A move to PACCAR Financial introduced him to a larger role, after which followed a period in sales operations where he fronted seven major fleet accounts. Around 18 months later and Drake became a member of the management team where he helped move the company’s repair and maintenance offering into DAF. This aftersales role was more customer-focused, which proved invaluable. He was then appointed business planning director responsible for marketing, systems, helpdesk, DAFaid and training. This three-year tenure exposed him to the inner workings of the business; again, a crucial part of the MD toolkit. Most recently, Drake’s role as sales director provided him with the essential opportunity to establish relationships with key customers. We caught up with the MD and asked him to describe a typical week:

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Photographs: DAF Trucks/Laurence Drake

Monday: I’m up at 6.20am to feed the dog and make the lunches for the kids. Leaving the house at 7.30am gets me to the office at around 8.10am, which gives me 50 minutes before the phone starts ringing and people start knocking on the door. I use this ‘quiet’ time to catch-up on reading and answering emails. At 9.00am, I sit down with my PA, Jackie, and we both wonder how I‘m going to fit everything into one week! Mondays generally mean my senior managers are in and, after our weekly company-wide update meeting at 10.00am, we have a senior management meeting where each week we discuss operations and HR among other things. I also have one-to-one meetings with senior managers. I leave the office by 6.30pm to take my 11-year-old son, Robert, to his freestyle martial arts class (he’s a black-belt!). Then it is home to eat and chill-out. Tuesday: Today is DAF Dealer Day. I try and see one or two dealers in one shot, just to keep abreast of activities on the front-line. I like to analyse dealer performance and, whenever possible, get to see a customer at the same time. Wednesday: Back in the office and a chance to look at the order book, which, I’m happy to report, is looking very healthy at present. We had a fantastic 2019 and already 2020’s order book is filling nicely. I have more one-to-ones with colleagues, but, I manage to slip away at 4.30pm to take my daughter, Emma as well as Robert, to Stagecoach; for singing, dancing and acting classes. I hasten to add that I return to the office for a few hours before picking-up the twins at 7.30pm. As any parent of

a young family will testify, the work/ life balance can get very challenging sometimes. My wife, Alison, works at a busy marketing agency and we’re constantly juggling school and club runs! Thursday: Usually a customer visit. For me, it’s just as important to see the big fleets as well as the owner-drivers – I like to mix it up. That way, I can fully evaluate that our aftersales services are consistent across our entire customer portfolio – that’s crucial to the success of the DAF brand as a whole. Thursday night is football training with my son’s local team where I help with coaching. Friday: Back in the office again, looking at KPIs and targets and there are usually customer or dealer review meetings with senior managers, to look more in-depth into specific areas to see if things are as we’d expect. I try to keep to a three-days-in, two-daysout format. It isn’t always possible, of course and, as I mentioned earlier, I’m really trying to spend more time thinking, analysing, planning and directing. As well as all of the above, Drake has confirmed he is going to take his truck driving test. First, it’s the Class C licence for rigid vehicles, which will be followed by a full C+E licence later. He’s already booked in for his medical examination. “It’s important for the customer facing members of the senior management team to be familiar with the products we sell,” he says. “And that includes driving them!” The MD will be blogging his experience as a trainee truck driver and we’ll bring you details of the story in a future issue of DAF Driver.

Right: Relaxing with wife Alison and their children

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A WEEK IN THE LIFE

MEET THE BOSS The new managing director at DAF Trucks, Laurence Drake, takes the helm as the brand celebrates 25 years as market leader, but also deals with the fallout from a global pandemic. Even without the coronavirus to contend with, the average working week is always a very hectic one. Words: Ronnie Hitchens

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aurence Drake, 45, was appointed managing director of DAF Trucks in September 2019 – he is, we think, the youngest MD among all the truck OEMs. He is also a dyed-in-thewool DAF man and has remained so since joining the company in 2000, after two years with a not-for-profit organisation studying management accountancy. His first role was managing a small team as a financial accountant, before becoming credit manager with responsibility for dealer and customer credit lines. With bold ambition, Drake was keen to climb the career ladder and, even then, he set his sights on the company’s top job, “I cared about the business and I wanted to be involved in everything – especially the people,” he says. A move to PACCAR Financial introduced him to a larger role, after which followed a period in sales operations where he fronted seven major fleet accounts. Around 18 months later and Drake became a member of the management team where he helped move the company’s repair and maintenance offering into DAF. This aftersales role was more customer-focused, which proved invaluable. He was then appointed business planning director responsible for marketing, systems, helpdesk, DAFaid and training. This three-year tenure exposed him to the inner workings of the business; again, a crucial part of the MD toolkit. Most recently, Drake’s role as sales director provided him with the essential opportunity to establish relationships with key customers. We caught up with the MD and asked him to describe a typical week:

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Photographs: DAF Trucks/Laurence Drake

Monday: I’m up at 6.20am to feed the dog and make the lunches for the kids. Leaving the house at 7.30am gets me to the office at around 8.10am, which gives me 50 minutes before the phone starts ringing and people start knocking on the door. I use this ‘quiet’ time to catch-up on reading and answering emails. At 9.00am, I sit down with my PA, Jackie, and we both wonder how I‘m going to fit everything into one week! Mondays generally mean my senior managers are in and, after our weekly company-wide update meeting at 10.00am, we have a senior management meeting where each week we discuss operations and HR among other things. I also have one-to-one meetings with senior managers. I leave the office by 6.30pm to take my 11-year-old son, Robert, to his freestyle martial arts class (he’s a black-belt!). Then it is home to eat and chill-out. Tuesday: Today is DAF Dealer Day. I try and see one or two dealers in one shot, just to keep abreast of activities on the front-line. I like to analyse dealer performance and, whenever possible, get to see a customer at the same time. Wednesday: Back in the office and a chance to look at the order book, which, I’m happy to report, is looking very healthy at present. We had a fantastic 2019 and already 2020’s order book is filling nicely. I have more one-to-ones with colleagues, but, I manage to slip away at 4.30pm to take my daughter, Emma as well as Robert, to Stagecoach; for singing, dancing and acting classes. I hasten to add that I return to the office for a few hours before picking-up the twins at 7.30pm. As any parent of

a young family will testify, the work/ life balance can get very challenging sometimes. My wife, Alison, works at a busy marketing agency and we’re constantly juggling school and club runs! Thursday: Usually a customer visit. For me, it’s just as important to see the big fleets as well as the owner-drivers – I like to mix it up. That way, I can fully evaluate that our aftersales services are consistent across our entire customer portfolio – that’s crucial to the success of the DAF brand as a whole. Thursday night is football training with my son’s local team where I help with coaching. Friday: Back in the office again, looking at KPIs and targets and there are usually customer or dealer review meetings with senior managers, to look more in-depth into specific areas to see if things are as we’d expect. I try to keep to a three-days-in, two-daysout format. It isn’t always possible, of course and, as I mentioned earlier, I’m really trying to spend more time thinking, analysing, planning and directing. As well as all of the above, Drake has confirmed he is going to take his truck driving test. First, it’s the Class C licence for rigid vehicles, which will be followed by a full C+E licence later. He’s already booked in for his medical examination. “It’s important for the customer facing members of the senior management team to be familiar with the products we sell,” he says. “And that includes driving them!” The MD will be blogging his experience as a trainee truck driver and we’ll bring you details of the story in a future issue of DAF Driver.

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There’s been plenty for DAF Trucks to celebrate recently, but the business isn’t standing still Words: John Challen

Photographs: Karl Hopkinson

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There’s been plenty for DAF Trucks to celebrate recently, but the business isn’t standing still Words: John Challen

Photographs: Karl Hopkinson

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here were double celebrations at DAF Trucks in January, as the company posted recordbreaking market share figures and also achieved the milestone of being at the top in the UK, for 25 years straight. First, the news from 2019 in isolation. DAF Trucks took its largest-ever share of the UK truck market, with 30.5% of the market above 6.0 tonnes GVW – up from 27.2% in 2018. This percentage out-performed the company’s previous high of 30.1% in 2016. There were a total of 14,814 DAF registrations in 2019 – the highest volume for any manufacturer since 1988, when DAF Trucks registered over 15,000 trucks in a UK market where vehicles above 6.0-tonnes accounted for almost 68,000 units. “Our all-time-high market share is testament to our customers and their continued support and the confidence they place in the DAF brand,” says Laurence Drake, DAF Trucks’ managing director in the UK. Catalysts, for this higher demand, were concerns over potential tariffs for imported chassis ahead of the UK’s originally scheduled Brexit date of March 2019, the introduction of SMART tachos causing a pull forward in June and further Brexit concerns before its rescheduled October deadline. DAF Trucks’ order book was further boosted by customers investing in Euro 6-compliant vehicles to comply with London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone and other planned Clean Air Zones throughout the UK. “The best products and services are developed through close cooperation with end-users,” adds Drake. “We rely on those relationships; with customers who tell us what we do right, and perhaps more importantly, what we do wrong. This dialogue enables us to develop and deliver products and services that meet the market’s ever-changing

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Left to right: Jonathan Dudley, Claire Weller & gold medal winner Mathew Hands

requirements.” The vast majority of DAF vehicles for the UK market are built at Leyland Trucks in Lancashire. The state-of-the-art production facility produced over 19,500 vehicles in 2019, with more than 12,500 going to UK operators and just over 7,100 exported across the world to 51 countries. A quarter century of quality The latest market share success figures coincide with DAF Trucks celebrating 25 years at the top of the sales charts in the UK. To mark DAF Trucks’ 25-year market leader milestone, a fleet of special DAF demonstrators, painted in ‘liquid metal silver’ and embellished with special commemorative livery, will be hitting the road over the coming weeks across the DAF dealer network. The three-axle XF tractor unit demonstrators are spec’d with Super Space Cabs to correspond with the joint milestone of producing 250,000 Super Space Cabs since their introduction in 1994, one year before DAF began its unbroken streak atop the sales

charts in the UK. “We really want to celebrate our 25-year milestone and make a visual impact out on the road,” says DAF Trucks Marketing Manager, Phil Moon, “And we want drivers to share the experience, too. We have a thriving DAF driver community here in the UK, as evidenced by the DAF owner-drivers who turn out in their droves at industry events like Truckfest. DAF has always been a ‘driver’s truck’; good looks, well-equipped, spacious, exceptional performance – and all behind a DAF badge that is a symbol of outstanding quality.” The next generation Hoping to ensure DAF Trucks stays at the number one brand in the UK are a team of aspiring team of technicians, engineers and product specialists. One of the company’s apprentices – Mathew Hands, from DAF dealer Brian Currie in Bedford –emerged victorious at the national WorldSkills UK National Final at the NEC. The Gold medal triumph completed an

DAF has marked 250,000 Super Space Cabs since its introduction in 1994

OUR ALL-TIME-HIGH MARKET SHARE IS TESTAMENT TO OUR CUSTOMERS AND THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND THE CONFIDENCE THEY PLACE IN THE DAF BRAND outstanding one-two for the DAF brand with Claire Weller from Adams Morey in Portsmouth, picking up the Silver medal. Both shared top spots on the podium in the Heavy Vehicle Technology category. WorldSkills UK is a government-funded initiative that promotes apprenticeships and technical education, with the ambition of inspiring young people to consider a wide range of skilled, vocational career pathways. WorldSkills UK LIVE is the country’s largest apprenticeships, skills and careers event. DAF Trucks enjoyed a significant presence at the event, with its dealership-style exhibition stand kittedout with workshop equipment and live demonstrations, against the backdrop of DAF’s crowd-pulling 530bhp XF Showtrekker tractor unit. Apprentice teams from DAF dealer groups, Ford & Slater and MOTUS Commercials, played a key in role in demonstrating to students the huge range of job opportunities that exist, in a modern truck dealership. “We’re extremely proud of all three of our DAF Apprentices at the WorldSkills UK Final and we’re especially thrilled for Mathew and Claire, bringing home Gold and Silver medals,” says Drake. “The WorldSkills UK event has really put DAF front-of-mind for the thousands of students who visited our stand and the excellent work from our MOTUS and Ford & Slater apprentice teams, helped deliver a clear message that DAF is a dynamic, forward-thinking and technologically advanced manufacturer,” he added. SPRING 2020 DAF DRIVER

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here were double celebrations at DAF Trucks in January, as the company posted recordbreaking market share figures and also achieved the milestone of being at the top in the UK, for 25 years straight. First, the news from 2019 in isolation. DAF Trucks took its largest-ever share of the UK truck market, with 30.5% of the market above 6.0 tonnes GVW – up from 27.2% in 2018. This percentage out-performed the company’s previous high of 30.1% in 2016. There were a total of 14,814 DAF registrations in 2019 – the highest volume for any manufacturer since 1988, when DAF Trucks registered over 15,000 trucks in a UK market where vehicles above 6.0-tonnes accounted for almost 68,000 units. “Our all-time-high market share is testament to our customers and their continued support and the confidence they place in the DAF brand,” says Laurence Drake, DAF Trucks’ managing director in the UK. Catalysts, for this higher demand, were concerns over potential tariffs for imported chassis ahead of the UK’s originally scheduled Brexit date of March 2019, the introduction of SMART tachos causing a pull forward in June and further Brexit concerns before its rescheduled October deadline. DAF Trucks’ order book was further boosted by customers investing in Euro 6-compliant vehicles to comply with London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone and other planned Clean Air Zones throughout the UK. “The best products and services are developed through close cooperation with end-users,” adds Drake. “We rely on those relationships; with customers who tell us what we do right, and perhaps more importantly, what we do wrong. This dialogue enables us to develop and deliver products and services that meet the market’s ever-changing

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Left to right: Jonathan Dudley, Claire Weller & gold medal winner Mathew Hands

requirements.” The vast majority of DAF vehicles for the UK market are built at Leyland Trucks in Lancashire. The state-of-the-art production facility produced over 19,500 vehicles in 2019, with more than 12,500 going to UK operators and just over 7,100 exported across the world to 51 countries. A quarter century of quality The latest market share success figures coincide with DAF Trucks celebrating 25 years at the top of the sales charts in the UK. To mark DAF Trucks’ 25-year market leader milestone, a fleet of special DAF demonstrators, painted in ‘liquid metal silver’ and embellished with special commemorative livery, will be hitting the road over the coming weeks across the DAF dealer network. The three-axle XF tractor unit demonstrators are spec’d with Super Space Cabs to correspond with the joint milestone of producing 250,000 Super Space Cabs since their introduction in 1994, one year before DAF began its unbroken streak atop the sales

charts in the UK. “We really want to celebrate our 25-year milestone and make a visual impact out on the road,” says DAF Trucks Marketing Manager, Phil Moon, “And we want drivers to share the experience, too. We have a thriving DAF driver community here in the UK, as evidenced by the DAF owner-drivers who turn out in their droves at industry events like Truckfest. DAF has always been a ‘driver’s truck’; good looks, well-equipped, spacious, exceptional performance – and all behind a DAF badge that is a symbol of outstanding quality.” The next generation Hoping to ensure DAF Trucks stays at the number one brand in the UK are a team of aspiring team of technicians, engineers and product specialists. One of the company’s apprentices – Mathew Hands, from DAF dealer Brian Currie in Bedford –emerged victorious at the national WorldSkills UK National Final at the NEC. The Gold medal triumph completed an

DAF has marked 250,000 Super Space Cabs since its introduction in 1994

OUR ALL-TIME-HIGH MARKET SHARE IS TESTAMENT TO OUR CUSTOMERS AND THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND THE CONFIDENCE THEY PLACE IN THE DAF BRAND outstanding one-two for the DAF brand with Claire Weller from Adams Morey in Portsmouth, picking up the Silver medal. Both shared top spots on the podium in the Heavy Vehicle Technology category. WorldSkills UK is a government-funded initiative that promotes apprenticeships and technical education, with the ambition of inspiring young people to consider a wide range of skilled, vocational career pathways. WorldSkills UK LIVE is the country’s largest apprenticeships, skills and careers event. DAF Trucks enjoyed a significant presence at the event, with its dealership-style exhibition stand kittedout with workshop equipment and live demonstrations, against the backdrop of DAF’s crowd-pulling 530bhp XF Showtrekker tractor unit. Apprentice teams from DAF dealer groups, Ford & Slater and MOTUS Commercials, played a key in role in demonstrating to students the huge range of job opportunities that exist, in a modern truck dealership. “We’re extremely proud of all three of our DAF Apprentices at the WorldSkills UK Final and we’re especially thrilled for Mathew and Claire, bringing home Gold and Silver medals,” says Drake. “The WorldSkills UK event has really put DAF front-of-mind for the thousands of students who visited our stand and the excellent work from our MOTUS and Ford & Slater apprentice teams, helped deliver a clear message that DAF is a dynamic, forward-thinking and technologically advanced manufacturer,” he added. SPRING 2020 DAF DRIVER

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WHO’S AFRAID OF THE DRIVER SHORTAGE?

The transport industry is about to face a perfect storm that will impact drivers and their employers, but quite possibly lead to better times for both, says Richard Simpson By Richard Simpson, industry pundit

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he past few years have seen the British transport industry reliant on an evershrinking pool of drivers. I’ve seen this for myself, with the average age of drivers roughly keeping pace with my own age, in the 30-something years I’ve been reporting on the industry. And, as if I needed reminding, a recent brush with the grim reaper has left me sporting a sparkly new titanium-armoured, laser-welded pacemaker and a renewed admiration for the hard workers at the NHS coalface, has just reinforced the reality that no one lives, or works, forever. As older drivers were falling off the perch, they were being increasingly replaced by bods from abroad. Sure, younger people here were passing their tests and trying their luck in the industry, but most didn’t stay long – for reasons to be discussed later. And, while the arrival of drivers from mainland Europe were keeping the lid on wages following the normal laws of supply and demand, canny drivers were boosting their take-home income by switching from employment to agency and working as a one-man-band limited company. This enabled 36

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them to avoid paying normal income tax, and also allowed their employer (who was no longer their employer because they were sub-contractors) to avoid a host of obligations including having to pay sick leave, holiday or National Insurance. It couldn’t last, and it won’t. This April, HMRC is closing what it describes as the IR35 ‘loophole’ that allows drivers and others to class themselves as contractors, while Traffic Commissioners are clamping down on what they describe as ‘fake self-employment’ among drivers. Combine this with clarification from the Government that would-be truck drivers from the EU will not be allowed into the UK and, with what is seen as an increasingly less appealing environment for those that are already here, it’s obvious that not only will the flow of foreign drivers cease, but at least some of those already here will be seeking opportunities elsewhere. You don’t have to be a genius to see where this is leading. Drivers are going to be thin on the ground and those who have been working as ‘contractors’ are going to be looking or substantial salary increases, just to stand still in real income terms.

This scenario could actually be a good thing, long term, for all in the industry, whether drivers or employers. Some of the many thousands of people who have acquired HGV licences and then decided that the industry is not for them, could be attracted to return if wages rise sufficiently to make the profession attractive again. And a higher wage industry will lead to better attitudes on both sides, an increasing emphasis on recruitment and retention, rather than just asking the agency to provide another batch of steeringwheel attendants and even improved roadside facilities as drivers’ disposable income rises. There is plenty of evidence that young people are interested in driving as a career, but rapidly become disillusioned by the reality of long hours, a low hourly rate and poor roadside facilities. Drivers are going to become a more valuable asset for the industry, with a probable switch from agency to direct employment. And this makes investment in good-quality training more important than ever before. The old joke about “What happens if I train my drivers and they leave?” “What happens if you don’t train them and they stay?” has never rung truer.

DAF is leading the way in driver training, with every sales dealer employing its own driver-trainer – and training being made available with the delivery of every new CF or XF truck. The deal here is a one-toone, 90-minute static vehicle handover, followed by up to 60 minutes of on-road instruction, with emphasis on the new fuelsaving systems on the vehicle. Training sessions for additional drivers are also available. Compulsory training under the Driver CPC umbrella has got a mixed reputation in the industry. Its initial introduction caused a great deal of resentment and some of the training offered was of very poor quality. It’s fair to say that it gave training a bit of an image problem in the transport industry, and that’s putting it mildly. However, with the second cycle now complete, many of the worst trainers have left the sector and DAF, as the UK market-leading truck manufacturer, has stepped in to offer approved courses thorough a select number of JAUPT-accredited providers. Again, offering drivers a regular, structured approach to Driver CPC with a credible trainer, will be an increasingly important tool in attracting and retaining quality employees.

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The high mileage performer

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SIMPSON SAYS

WHO’S AFRAID OF THE DRIVER SHORTAGE?

The transport industry is about to face a perfect storm that will impact drivers and their employers, but quite possibly lead to better times for both, says Richard Simpson By Richard Simpson, industry pundit

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he past few years have seen the British transport industry reliant on an evershrinking pool of drivers. I’ve seen this for myself, with the average age of drivers roughly keeping pace with my own age, in the 30-something years I’ve been reporting on the industry. And, as if I needed reminding, a recent brush with the grim reaper has left me sporting a sparkly new titanium-armoured, laser-welded pacemaker and a renewed admiration for the hard workers at the NHS coalface, has just reinforced the reality that no one lives, or works, forever. As older drivers were falling off the perch, they were being increasingly replaced by bods from abroad. Sure, younger people here were passing their tests and trying their luck in the industry, but most didn’t stay long – for reasons to be discussed later. And, while the arrival of drivers from mainland Europe were keeping the lid on wages following the normal laws of supply and demand, canny drivers were boosting their take-home income by switching from employment to agency and working as a one-man-band limited company. This enabled 36

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them to avoid paying normal income tax, and also allowed their employer (who was no longer their employer because they were sub-contractors) to avoid a host of obligations including having to pay sick leave, holiday or National Insurance. It couldn’t last, and it won’t. This April, HMRC is closing what it describes as the IR35 ‘loophole’ that allows drivers and others to class themselves as contractors, while Traffic Commissioners are clamping down on what they describe as ‘fake self-employment’ among drivers. Combine this with clarification from the Government that would-be truck drivers from the EU will not be allowed into the UK and, with what is seen as an increasingly less appealing environment for those that are already here, it’s obvious that not only will the flow of foreign drivers cease, but at least some of those already here will be seeking opportunities elsewhere. You don’t have to be a genius to see where this is leading. Drivers are going to be thin on the ground and those who have been working as ‘contractors’ are going to be looking or substantial salary increases, just to stand still in real income terms.

This scenario could actually be a good thing, long term, for all in the industry, whether drivers or employers. Some of the many thousands of people who have acquired HGV licences and then decided that the industry is not for them, could be attracted to return if wages rise sufficiently to make the profession attractive again. And a higher wage industry will lead to better attitudes on both sides, an increasing emphasis on recruitment and retention, rather than just asking the agency to provide another batch of steeringwheel attendants and even improved roadside facilities as drivers’ disposable income rises. There is plenty of evidence that young people are interested in driving as a career, but rapidly become disillusioned by the reality of long hours, a low hourly rate and poor roadside facilities. Drivers are going to become a more valuable asset for the industry, with a probable switch from agency to direct employment. And this makes investment in good-quality training more important than ever before. The old joke about “What happens if I train my drivers and they leave?” “What happens if you don’t train them and they stay?” has never rung truer.

DAF is leading the way in driver training, with every sales dealer employing its own driver-trainer – and training being made available with the delivery of every new CF or XF truck. The deal here is a one-toone, 90-minute static vehicle handover, followed by up to 60 minutes of on-road instruction, with emphasis on the new fuelsaving systems on the vehicle. Training sessions for additional drivers are also available. Compulsory training under the Driver CPC umbrella has got a mixed reputation in the industry. Its initial introduction caused a great deal of resentment and some of the training offered was of very poor quality. It’s fair to say that it gave training a bit of an image problem in the transport industry, and that’s putting it mildly. However, with the second cycle now complete, many of the worst trainers have left the sector and DAF, as the UK market-leading truck manufacturer, has stepped in to offer approved courses thorough a select number of JAUPT-accredited providers. Again, offering drivers a regular, structured approach to Driver CPC with a credible trainer, will be an increasingly important tool in attracting and retaining quality employees.

Only the best go further. The Conti Hybrid tyre line redefines regional: Its powerpacked performance on winding, hilly roads coupled with its high adaptability to long-haul routes guarantees excellent mileage performance as well as minimum fuel consumption. Mile after mile after mile.

The high mileage performer

www.continental-tyres.co.uk/truck SPRING 2020 DAF DRIVER

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HALL OF FAME

Eddie ‘The Beast’ Hall might be a former World’s Strongest Man, but his rise to the top also included time as a technician for DAF Trucks. His experiences from the workshop turned out to be pivotal moments in his life Words: Matthew Eisenegger Photographs: DAF Trucks/Eddie Hall

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Main image: Moment of glory: Eddie ‘The Beast’ Hall deadlifts 500kg!

I HAD BLOOD POURING FROM MY NOSE AND EARS – EVEN 20 MINUTES AFTER THE LIFT MY HEART RATE WAS STILL OVER 160 AND MY ESTIMATED BLOOD PRESSURE WAS 300 OVER 180,” SAYS HALL. THE DOCTOR TOLD ME AFTERWARDS THAT IF THE BLOOD HADN’T COME OUT FROM MY EYES OR NOSE, MY HEART WOULD’VE EXPLODED. I WAS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE!

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HALL OF FAME

Eddie ‘The Beast’ Hall might be a former World’s Strongest Man, but his rise to the top also included time as a technician for DAF Trucks. His experiences from the workshop turned out to be pivotal moments in his life Words: Matthew Eisenegger Photographs: DAF Trucks/Eddie Hall

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Main image: Moment of glory: Eddie ‘The Beast’ Hall deadlifts 500kg!

I HAD BLOOD POURING FROM MY NOSE AND EARS – EVEN 20 MINUTES AFTER THE LIFT MY HEART RATE WAS STILL OVER 160 AND MY ESTIMATED BLOOD PRESSURE WAS 300 OVER 180,” SAYS HALL. THE DOCTOR TOLD ME AFTERWARDS THAT IF THE BLOOD HADN’T COME OUT FROM MY EYES OR NOSE, MY HEART WOULD’VE EXPLODED. I WAS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE!

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EVERYTHING IS COMPETITION WITH YOUR BROTHERS – WHO CAN EAT THE FASTEST, WHO’S THE BEST FIGHTER

Since retiring from competitions, Hall has forged new careers, including staring in TV Show ‘Eddie Eats America’.

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leafy suburb in Stokeon-Trent is where we find Eddie ‘The Beast’ Hall, winner of the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2017 – in the house he shares with wife – Alex – and children Layla and Maximus. If winning a global title wasn’t enough, what sets Hall apart from his competitors is that he is the only man on the face of the earth to dead lift 500kg (a whopping half a tonne). For those unfamiliar with dead lifts, a weightloaded bar is lifted from the ground to the hips. At the height of his challenge to become the strongest man in the world, Hall topped out at a massive 32 stone, but today the comparatively sveltelike Hall is a mere 28 stone and, at well over 6ft, he fills the door frame as he shakes my hand and welcomes me into his impressive new home. “Sorry it’s a bit of mess at the moment,” he says 40

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sheepishly. “We only moved in a couple of weeks ago”. We settle down in Hall’s kitchen for a chat and he talks with ease and

confidence while waxing lyrical about his life achievements, starting right at the beginning. Hall was brought up in and around Stoke-on-Trent, and was the

Eddie in conversation with the team from DAF Driver Magazine

youngest of three brothers. “Everything is competition with your brothers – who can eat the fastest, who’s the best fighter,” he says. “As in most families, the youngest had to go everywhere their siblings went and, as they were competitive swimmers, I didn’t want to miss out. So I started competing at the age of five.” As time – and his swimming career – progressed, Hall became annoyed that he wasn’t in the same group as his older brothers, Alex and James. “I realised I would have to work harder so I started training harder,” he recalls. “At 5am every morning I would cycle to the pool for a 90-minute session and ate a good diet that allowed me to keep my energy levels up.” From a very young age, Hall had been both inspired and motivated by Arnold Schwarzenegger and – taking a leaf out of his idol’s book – he started lifting weights, which proved to be a pivotal moment in his life. With all of the extra

effort going in, it wasn’t long before Hall’s hard work was rewarded. In 2001, he entered the UK Nationals swimming competition, where he picked up four golds and a silver, setting two British records in the process. From strength to strength Success breeds success – and Eddie was selected to represent the GB youth squad, which is a funded pathway to the Olympics. The move not only provided him with new kit, but also gave him access to dedicated trainers and nutritionists. But it was possibly too much, too young. Hall reveals that it was around this time that he slipped into depression and was prescribed the antidepressant Prozac at the age of 14. Mental health is very close to Hall’s heart – and he speaks very passionately about it, in particular depression, which had a major impact on him at home, in school and within his swimming squad. His recovery was helped by the film

Terminator – starring Schwarzenegger – when Hall realised he could look like the famous bodybuilder. So a young – and slightly confused – Hall set about chasing the dream. “I told my family I was going to have the body of Schwarzenegger, and my mind was focused on the task. I had a gym membership and nothing was going to stop me.” The DAF days With Hall’s time dedicated to the gym, his new build meant he had a real presence wherever he went. But he was eating more and more and also taking protein supplements, so life was becoming very expensive. Still only 16 – and living at home – he needed a job. Hall’s mum saw an advert in the local paper for an apprentice technician role at Lex Commercials, the local DAF Trucks site in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent. “I applied for – and got – the job and was packed off to the DAF Trucks dedicated apprentice training facility in Bristol,” SPRING 2020 DAF DRIVER

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EVERYTHING IS COMPETITION WITH YOUR BROTHERS – WHO CAN EAT THE FASTEST, WHO’S THE BEST FIGHTER

Since retiring from competitions, Hall has forged new careers, including staring in TV Show ‘Eddie Eats America’.

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leafy suburb in Stokeon-Trent is where we find Eddie ‘The Beast’ Hall, winner of the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2017 – in the house he shares with wife – Alex – and children Layla and Maximus. If winning a global title wasn’t enough, what sets Hall apart from his competitors is that he is the only man on the face of the earth to dead lift 500kg (a whopping half a tonne). For those unfamiliar with dead lifts, a weightloaded bar is lifted from the ground to the hips. At the height of his challenge to become the strongest man in the world, Hall topped out at a massive 32 stone, but today the comparatively sveltelike Hall is a mere 28 stone and, at well over 6ft, he fills the door frame as he shakes my hand and welcomes me into his impressive new home. “Sorry it’s a bit of mess at the moment,” he says 40

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sheepishly. “We only moved in a couple of weeks ago”. We settle down in Hall’s kitchen for a chat and he talks with ease and

confidence while waxing lyrical about his life achievements, starting right at the beginning. Hall was brought up in and around Stoke-on-Trent, and was the

Eddie in conversation with the team from DAF Driver Magazine

youngest of three brothers. “Everything is competition with your brothers – who can eat the fastest, who’s the best fighter,” he says. “As in most families, the youngest had to go everywhere their siblings went and, as they were competitive swimmers, I didn’t want to miss out. So I started competing at the age of five.” As time – and his swimming career – progressed, Hall became annoyed that he wasn’t in the same group as his older brothers, Alex and James. “I realised I would have to work harder so I started training harder,” he recalls. “At 5am every morning I would cycle to the pool for a 90-minute session and ate a good diet that allowed me to keep my energy levels up.” From a very young age, Hall had been both inspired and motivated by Arnold Schwarzenegger and – taking a leaf out of his idol’s book – he started lifting weights, which proved to be a pivotal moment in his life. With all of the extra

effort going in, it wasn’t long before Hall’s hard work was rewarded. In 2001, he entered the UK Nationals swimming competition, where he picked up four golds and a silver, setting two British records in the process. From strength to strength Success breeds success – and Eddie was selected to represent the GB youth squad, which is a funded pathway to the Olympics. The move not only provided him with new kit, but also gave him access to dedicated trainers and nutritionists. But it was possibly too much, too young. Hall reveals that it was around this time that he slipped into depression and was prescribed the antidepressant Prozac at the age of 14. Mental health is very close to Hall’s heart – and he speaks very passionately about it, in particular depression, which had a major impact on him at home, in school and within his swimming squad. His recovery was helped by the film

Terminator – starring Schwarzenegger – when Hall realised he could look like the famous bodybuilder. So a young – and slightly confused – Hall set about chasing the dream. “I told my family I was going to have the body of Schwarzenegger, and my mind was focused on the task. I had a gym membership and nothing was going to stop me.” The DAF days With Hall’s time dedicated to the gym, his new build meant he had a real presence wherever he went. But he was eating more and more and also taking protein supplements, so life was becoming very expensive. Still only 16 – and living at home – he needed a job. Hall’s mum saw an advert in the local paper for an apprentice technician role at Lex Commercials, the local DAF Trucks site in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent. “I applied for – and got – the job and was packed off to the DAF Trucks dedicated apprentice training facility in Bristol,” SPRING 2020 DAF DRIVER

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At home with with wife Alex and children Maximus and Layla

he recalls. “There was a lot of banter in workshop life and I really enjoyed my time as a technician. It gave me very valuable life skills and definitely helped make me the man I am today.” Sometimes working more than 50 hours a week, any spare time was spent in the gym, which meant no socialising, which was – as Hall puts it – “a bit of godsend”. When he completed his apprenticeship at Lex Commericals he left to join Muller Wiseman as a technician, where he stayed for eight years. The switch to strongman Egged on by his brother in 2007, Hall entered his first strongman competition, which involved a truck pull, log lift, tyre flip and a deadlift to name just a few of the challenges. Although inexperienced, he managed to finish fifth out of 15, the strongman bug had bitten and bitten 42

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hard. “From then, I entered competition after competition, at first staying local, before moving onto qualifying events for England’s Strongest Man, he remembers. “In many cases I was beating some of the elite athletes that were regular competitors in World’s Strongest Man events, which made me even more driven to win. I went on to win the UK Strongest Man on many occasions, but it wasn’t enough – I wanted to be champion on the world!” The big lift Part of Hall’s training to realise his goal involved deadlifting – just one element of Strongman. In 2015, he broke the deadlift record of 465kg and he pledged to come back and lift 500kg. Many laughed at ‘The Beast’ because the weight lift was regarded as impossible. “All this did was fuel my ambition to prove them wrong and demonstrate that the impossible was

actually possible,” he says. By Hall’s own admission, going from 465kg to 500kg was a massive jump and he knew his physical makeup alone would not allow him to lift the weight. He had to dig deep into his own mind to summon up the extra force needed. “The theory of ‘flight or fight’ is achieved by a massive rush adrenaline. And I had to use my mental powers to go into a dark place to trick my mind to get the maximum amount of adrenaline in my body,” he recalls. Working with a team of sport psychologists, he created a very dark mental scenario that he could use just the once to summon up that adrenaline to achieve the big lift. There was also another mental battle – depriving himself of his family. “I was only seeing my wife and children for an hour, once a week, on a Sunday afternoon. “It becomes so much of an obsession that

nothing else in the world matters – only you and winning the title. The record attempt for the 500kg deadlift took place at the European Strongest Man Competition in Leeds on 9 July 2016. The day before, Eddie had consumed 20 litres of Lucozade and didn’t go the toilet once, which indicated all of the liquid had been absorbed into his body. On the day, after waking up, he had a protein shake, then a full English (seven sausages, five rashers of bacon, four eggs, four hash browns, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans and loads of fried bread) before tucking in to a huge bowl of porridge. After a set of stretches, it was off to bed for a nap. Lunch was an ‘all you can eat’ buffet, where Hall asked for fried fat and consumed around 4,000 calories. Then it was back to bed for another nap, before waking up, scoffing a load of flapjack and heading to the arena. In the competition, Hall was up against two fellow strongmen: Icelandic strongman Benni Magnusson and Jerry Pritchett from Arizona, USA. There were three lifts each, starting at 420kg and working up to 440kg and then 465kg equaling the current world record, then the big one at 500kgs. Hall went first and lifted 420kg very quickly before skipping 440kg, instead going straight to 465kg. He lifted it and so did Magnusson. “When it was time for the 500kg lift, I knew I needed to psych himself up and think about those dark things to make

me very angry and get the adrenaline going,” he says. “I gave myself a pinch to feel the pain, walked out onto the stage, locked onto the bar and closed my eyes. I rocked the bar back – now loaded with half a tonne – and pulled it off the ground. Once it was up, I opened my eyes, savoured the moment and mouthed “F*** you!”, which was aimed at all the people who said it couldn’t be done. Once he put the bar down, he collapsed, such was the stress put on his 32-stone body. “I had blood pouring from my nose and ears – even 20 minutes after the lift my heart rate was still over 160 and my estimated blood pressure was 300 over 180,” says Hall. The doctor told me afterwards that if the blood hadn’t come out from my eyes or nose, my heart would’ve exploded. I was lucky to be alive!” Man on a mission A month later, Hall was on a plane to Botswana to compete in The World’s Strongest Man. He felt sure he could win, but he dislocated two fingers and eventually finished in 3rd place. The following year, he went two better – again in Botswana – and claimed the title he’d worked so hard for: he was the 2017 World’s Strongest Man. “After my victory, I announced my retirement from major competitions, but I’ve still capitalised on my success,” he admits. Still only in his very early 30s he has a whole new life in front of him and has prepared for it with acting lessons.

WIN THE STRONGMAN’S STORY Eddie Hall has donated two signed copies of his book ‘Strongman: My Story’ as a competition prize: For your chance to win a book, simply answer the following question: How much weight did Eddie ‘The Beast’ Hall deadlift to break the world record?

300kg 400kg 500kg Answers on email to: matthew@cvdriver.com He has agents in New York and London and offers of film work have started to come. “I’ve already got the lead role in an up-andcoming film, which I can’t say too much about,” he says. “I’ve also recently finished a series filmed in the US called ‘Eddie Eats America’, where I carry out eating challenges. Although I’m not a competitive eater, I do have a very big appetite. There is still a link to Strongman, however, as Hall also features very heavily in ‘The Strongest Man in History’, where he and three other fellow strongmen try to repeat historical feats of strength.

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At home with with wife Alex and children Maximus and Layla

he recalls. “There was a lot of banter in workshop life and I really enjoyed my time as a technician. It gave me very valuable life skills and definitely helped make me the man I am today.” Sometimes working more than 50 hours a week, any spare time was spent in the gym, which meant no socialising, which was – as Hall puts it – “a bit of godsend”. When he completed his apprenticeship at Lex Commericals he left to join Muller Wiseman as a technician, where he stayed for eight years. The switch to strongman Egged on by his brother in 2007, Hall entered his first strongman competition, which involved a truck pull, log lift, tyre flip and a deadlift to name just a few of the challenges. Although inexperienced, he managed to finish fifth out of 15, the strongman bug had bitten and bitten 42

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hard. “From then, I entered competition after competition, at first staying local, before moving onto qualifying events for England’s Strongest Man, he remembers. “In many cases I was beating some of the elite athletes that were regular competitors in World’s Strongest Man events, which made me even more driven to win. I went on to win the UK Strongest Man on many occasions, but it wasn’t enough – I wanted to be champion on the world!” The big lift Part of Hall’s training to realise his goal involved deadlifting – just one element of Strongman. In 2015, he broke the deadlift record of 465kg and he pledged to come back and lift 500kg. Many laughed at ‘The Beast’ because the weight lift was regarded as impossible. “All this did was fuel my ambition to prove them wrong and demonstrate that the impossible was

actually possible,” he says. By Hall’s own admission, going from 465kg to 500kg was a massive jump and he knew his physical makeup alone would not allow him to lift the weight. He had to dig deep into his own mind to summon up the extra force needed. “The theory of ‘flight or fight’ is achieved by a massive rush adrenaline. And I had to use my mental powers to go into a dark place to trick my mind to get the maximum amount of adrenaline in my body,” he recalls. Working with a team of sport psychologists, he created a very dark mental scenario that he could use just the once to summon up that adrenaline to achieve the big lift. There was also another mental battle – depriving himself of his family. “I was only seeing my wife and children for an hour, once a week, on a Sunday afternoon. “It becomes so much of an obsession that

nothing else in the world matters – only you and winning the title. The record attempt for the 500kg deadlift took place at the European Strongest Man Competition in Leeds on 9 July 2016. The day before, Eddie had consumed 20 litres of Lucozade and didn’t go the toilet once, which indicated all of the liquid had been absorbed into his body. On the day, after waking up, he had a protein shake, then a full English (seven sausages, five rashers of bacon, four eggs, four hash browns, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans and loads of fried bread) before tucking in to a huge bowl of porridge. After a set of stretches, it was off to bed for a nap. Lunch was an ‘all you can eat’ buffet, where Hall asked for fried fat and consumed around 4,000 calories. Then it was back to bed for another nap, before waking up, scoffing a load of flapjack and heading to the arena. In the competition, Hall was up against two fellow strongmen: Icelandic strongman Benni Magnusson and Jerry Pritchett from Arizona, USA. There were three lifts each, starting at 420kg and working up to 440kg and then 465kg equaling the current world record, then the big one at 500kgs. Hall went first and lifted 420kg very quickly before skipping 440kg, instead going straight to 465kg. He lifted it and so did Magnusson. “When it was time for the 500kg lift, I knew I needed to psych himself up and think about those dark things to make

me very angry and get the adrenaline going,” he says. “I gave myself a pinch to feel the pain, walked out onto the stage, locked onto the bar and closed my eyes. I rocked the bar back – now loaded with half a tonne – and pulled it off the ground. Once it was up, I opened my eyes, savoured the moment and mouthed “F*** you!”, which was aimed at all the people who said it couldn’t be done. Once he put the bar down, he collapsed, such was the stress put on his 32-stone body. “I had blood pouring from my nose and ears – even 20 minutes after the lift my heart rate was still over 160 and my estimated blood pressure was 300 over 180,” says Hall. The doctor told me afterwards that if the blood hadn’t come out from my eyes or nose, my heart would’ve exploded. I was lucky to be alive!” Man on a mission A month later, Hall was on a plane to Botswana to compete in The World’s Strongest Man. He felt sure he could win, but he dislocated two fingers and eventually finished in 3rd place. The following year, he went two better – again in Botswana – and claimed the title he’d worked so hard for: he was the 2017 World’s Strongest Man. “After my victory, I announced my retirement from major competitions, but I’ve still capitalised on my success,” he admits. Still only in his very early 30s he has a whole new life in front of him and has prepared for it with acting lessons.

WIN THE STRONGMAN’S STORY Eddie Hall has donated two signed copies of his book ‘Strongman: My Story’ as a competition prize: For your chance to win a book, simply answer the following question: How much weight did Eddie ‘The Beast’ Hall deadlift to break the world record?

300kg 400kg 500kg Answers on email to: matthew@cvdriver.com He has agents in New York and London and offers of film work have started to come. “I’ve already got the lead role in an up-andcoming film, which I can’t say too much about,” he says. “I’ve also recently finished a series filmed in the US called ‘Eddie Eats America’, where I carry out eating challenges. Although I’m not a competitive eater, I do have a very big appetite. There is still a link to Strongman, however, as Hall also features very heavily in ‘The Strongest Man in History’, where he and three other fellow strongmen try to repeat historical feats of strength.

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● Truck Sales, Parts and Service Dealers Republic of Ireland Area 35 DUBLIN

Dealer name DAF Distributors Ireland Ltd ★

Road No. Dublin 22

Telephone 00 353 1403 4141

● Parts and Service Dealers Republic of Ireland 95 96 97 98 99

Area CAVAN CORK CO TIPPERARY DUBLIN GALWAY

Dealer name Interparts Drumalee Ltd DAF Truck Services Cork Ltd Guilfoyle Truck Sales Ltd North Dublin Commercials Ltd Galway Truck & Van Centre Ltd

Road No. N3 N20 R445 M1 N84

Telephone 00 353 49 433 1777 00 353 21 430 1202 00 353 505 23333 00 353 1802 0139 00 353 91 751 984

The extensive DAF national network delivers the best Back-Up in the business. Our flexible range of MultiSupport servicing, repair and maintenance options will help you control costs, minimise downtime and maximise vehicle availability. Out on the road, our legendary DAFaid roadside assistance service provides the leading average roadside assistance time in the industry. ● ● ★ ◆ ▲

Sales, Parts & Service Dealers Parts & Service Dealers Additional Service – Coach & Bus Additional Service – Petroleum Regulations Additional Service – Authorised Testing Facility

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The TRP All Makes Truck & Trailer Parts Range includes industry-leading supplier names, many producing OE parts for various truck and trailer manufacturers.

New range of Propshafts

The UK’s largest range of All Makes Truck & Trailer Parts from DAF In our drive to offer our customers a wider choice of high quality, competitively priced products, TRP is developing an ever increasing number of TRP branded parts. These include cost effective solutions when making repairs. For example, our re-lined brake shoes and caliper repair kits both avoid having to purchase complete newly manufactured parts and keep costs down, whilst

Air bags Large range for All Makes & Trailer

Give us your registration for a perfect fit replacement!

at the same time ensuring a long service life. Exclusively available through the DAF Dealer Network and TRP Shops, all TRP parts are confidently covered by a full DAF warranty, and specifically designed and manufactured to OE standard.

Comprehensive range of

Air & Electrical Coils

Starters & Alternators for a range of All Makes including DAF Euro 3 to 5

Filters

Large range of high-quality filters

• All TRP products are sourced from major manufacturers, many supplying OE parts across the industry • All products backed by a minimum 12 months warranty • High level availability across the dealer network • Identification software to identify the part you need

Range of TRP batteries Drums & Shoes including Extreme Power - super heavy-duty range

Quality Clutches covering a wide range for All Makes

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for All Makes & Trailer

Brake Calipers, Discs and Pads

Centre bearing & Universal Joints Let your DAF Dealer have your registration for a perfect fit replacement!

• Multiple daily deliveries

Shock absorbers

• Competitive pricing on quality parts

for All Makes and Trailers

• Ever growing range providing a one-stopshop for all your parts, consumables and lubricant requirements • Your local DAF Dealer should be your parts partner

for All Makes & Trailer

Load Restraints

Comprehensive range of

Bulbs

Landing legs Radiators for DAF Euro 3 to 5

Weight saving design – super efficient. Static lift capacity 50,000kg

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The TRP All Makes Truck & Trailer Parts Range includes industry-leading supplier names, many producing OE parts for various truck and trailer manufacturers.

New range of Propshafts

The UK’s largest range of All Makes Truck & Trailer Parts from DAF In our drive to offer our customers a wider choice of high quality, competitively priced products, TRP is developing an ever increasing number of TRP branded parts. These include cost effective solutions when making repairs. For example, our re-lined brake shoes and caliper repair kits both avoid having to purchase complete newly manufactured parts and keep costs down, whilst

Air bags Large range for All Makes & Trailer

Give us your registration for a perfect fit replacement!

at the same time ensuring a long service life. Exclusively available through the DAF Dealer Network and TRP Shops, all TRP parts are confidently covered by a full DAF warranty, and specifically designed and manufactured to OE standard.

Comprehensive range of

Air & Electrical Coils

Starters & Alternators for a range of All Makes including DAF Euro 3 to 5

Filters

Large range of high-quality filters

• All TRP products are sourced from major manufacturers, many supplying OE parts across the industry • All products backed by a minimum 12 months warranty • High level availability across the dealer network • Identification software to identify the part you need

Range of TRP batteries Drums & Shoes including Extreme Power - super heavy-duty range

Quality Clutches covering a wide range for All Makes

Steering & Suspension Extensive range of replacement parts for All Makes 48

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for All Makes & Trailer

Brake Calipers, Discs and Pads

Centre bearing & Universal Joints Let your DAF Dealer have your registration for a perfect fit replacement!

• Multiple daily deliveries

Shock absorbers

• Competitive pricing on quality parts

for All Makes and Trailers

• Ever growing range providing a one-stopshop for all your parts, consumables and lubricant requirements • Your local DAF Dealer should be your parts partner

for All Makes & Trailer

Load Restraints

Comprehensive range of

Bulbs

Landing legs Radiators for DAF Euro 3 to 5

Weight saving design – super efficient. Static lift capacity 50,000kg

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MAKE THE

From 26 October 2020, all goods vehicles over 12 tonnes, regardless of their star rating, will be required to have a permit to access London with enforcement commencing from February 2021.

BRIGHT CHOICE

DO YOU COMPLY WITH THE

DIRECT VISION STANDARD?

WITH DAF GENUINE

HEADLIGHTS AND BULBS DAF HEADLIGHTS With DAF OE Headlights you can be sure they have been designed to the highest standards, using the latest technology. Your local DAF Dealer offers a wide range of OE halogen and LED Lamps for all DAF Trucks.

✓ Easy to replace & low cost ✓ Energy efficient ✓ Improved safety & comfort

DAF Trucks were the first manufacturer to fully integrate LED technology in the low beam.

✓ No maintenance required ✓ Excellent visibility ✓ Lower operating costs

LED headlamps are available from Euro 6 onwards, boasting 15000 hours average lifetime with a low power consumption.

Part No: 2166097

2. WARNING ALARMS

There are two routes to obtaining this safety permit:

Audible vehicle manoeuvring warning shall be fitted to audibly warn vulnerable road users when a vehicle is turning left.

A. Your vehicle is rated against the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and achieves a star rating of one or more.

Part No: 9505800

B. Your vehicle is rated zero-star, but you have fitted the Safe System.

and shocks

QUALITY BULBS – EURO 5 AND 6 DAF TRUCKS

DESCRIPTION

PART NO.

BULB SET, 24V, 17 BULBS, 8 MIXED FUSES (H1,2,3), EURO 5

1527237

MAXI KIT, MASTERDUTY, 16 BULBS, 24V, 8 MIXED FUSES (H7)

1524084

MINI KIT, MASTERDUTY, 6 BULBS, 24V, 3 X FUSES (H7)

1529169

BULB SET, 24V, 16 BULBS, 8 MIXED FUSES (H11) EURO 6

1540318

Spare bulb kits offer increased safety

FOR MORE DETAILS DAF DRIVER SPRING 2020

A sensor system alerting the driver to the presence of a VRU shall be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle.

✓ Resistant to vibrations

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Those vehicles which meet the one-star rating, will be automatically eligible for a permit, but will still need to apply for one and those which are zero-star rated will need to prove that they meet the requirements of the Safe System.

1. ULTRASONIC OBSTACLE DETECTION

Keep your vehicles rolling this winter whilst minimising downtime. Truck drivers need to be ready to change lamps, your local DAF Dealer has the spare kits to meet your lighting solution needs.

3 & 4. CAMERA MONITOR SYSTEMS A fully operational Camera Monitoring System shall be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle offering comprehensive blind spot coverage.

3

3. Digital LCD Monitor. Part No: 9505942

4

4. Flush-mount left side view camera. Part No: 1968948

5. ULTRASONIC OBSTACLE DETECTION RECOMMENDATION

5

2

1

We also recommend additional front sensors with coverage. Part No. 9505883

CALL YOUR YOUR LOCAL LOCAL DAF DAF DEALER DEALER FOR FOR DETAILS DETAILS OF OF HOW HOW THEY THEY CAN CAN DAF HELP CALL SPRING 2020 HELP DRIVER ENSURE YOUR YOUR FLEET FLEET COMPLIES COUPLES WITH ENSURE WITH THE THE DIRECT DIRECT VISION VISION STANDARD STANDARD

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MAKE THE

From 26 October 2020, all goods vehicles over 12 tonnes, regardless of their star rating, will be required to have a permit to access London with enforcement commencing from February 2021.

BRIGHT CHOICE

DO YOU COMPLY WITH THE

DIRECT VISION STANDARD?

WITH DAF GENUINE

HEADLIGHTS AND BULBS DAF HEADLIGHTS With DAF OE Headlights you can be sure they have been designed to the highest standards, using the latest technology. Your local DAF Dealer offers a wide range of OE halogen and LED Lamps for all DAF Trucks.

✓ Easy to replace & low cost ✓ Energy efficient ✓ Improved safety & comfort

DAF Trucks were the first manufacturer to fully integrate LED technology in the low beam.

✓ No maintenance required ✓ Excellent visibility ✓ Lower operating costs

LED headlamps are available from Euro 6 onwards, boasting 15000 hours average lifetime with a low power consumption.

Part No: 2166097

2. WARNING ALARMS

There are two routes to obtaining this safety permit:

Audible vehicle manoeuvring warning shall be fitted to audibly warn vulnerable road users when a vehicle is turning left.

A. Your vehicle is rated against the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and achieves a star rating of one or more.

Part No: 9505800

B. Your vehicle is rated zero-star, but you have fitted the Safe System.

and shocks

QUALITY BULBS – EURO 5 AND 6 DAF TRUCKS

DESCRIPTION

PART NO.

BULB SET, 24V, 17 BULBS, 8 MIXED FUSES (H1,2,3), EURO 5

1527237

MAXI KIT, MASTERDUTY, 16 BULBS, 24V, 8 MIXED FUSES (H7)

1524084

MINI KIT, MASTERDUTY, 6 BULBS, 24V, 3 X FUSES (H7)

1529169

BULB SET, 24V, 16 BULBS, 8 MIXED FUSES (H11) EURO 6

1540318

Spare bulb kits offer increased safety

FOR MORE DETAILS DAF DRIVER SPRING 2020

A sensor system alerting the driver to the presence of a VRU shall be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle.

✓ Resistant to vibrations

CALL YOUR LOCAL DAF DEALER 50

Those vehicles which meet the one-star rating, will be automatically eligible for a permit, but will still need to apply for one and those which are zero-star rated will need to prove that they meet the requirements of the Safe System.

1. ULTRASONIC OBSTACLE DETECTION

Keep your vehicles rolling this winter whilst minimising downtime. Truck drivers need to be ready to change lamps, your local DAF Dealer has the spare kits to meet your lighting solution needs.

3 & 4. CAMERA MONITOR SYSTEMS A fully operational Camera Monitoring System shall be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle offering comprehensive blind spot coverage.

3

3. Digital LCD Monitor. Part No: 9505942

4

4. Flush-mount left side view camera. Part No: 1968948

5. ULTRASONIC OBSTACLE DETECTION RECOMMENDATION

5

2

1

We also recommend additional front sensors with coverage. Part No. 9505883

CALL YOUR YOUR LOCAL LOCAL DAF DAF DEALER DEALER FOR FOR DETAILS DETAILS OF OF HOW HOW THEY THEY CAN CAN DAF HELP CALL SPRING 2020 HELP DRIVER ENSURE YOUR YOUR FLEET FLEET COMPLIES COUPLES WITH ENSURE WITH THE THE DIRECT DIRECT VISION VISION STANDARD STANDARD

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HANDY, THAT! A PERFEC T MATCH

MEET THE TRAINERS

HYVA’s unique ‘Handy’ full remote HYVA Skip Loaders are the UK market system makes leaders.control Why? Because they’reskiploader easy to operation saferreliable. and much operate, safe andfaster, moreover Also more morepowerful, efficient. productive and inexpensive to maintain HYVA - Innovations That Deliver.

HYVA - Innovations that deliver

HYVA (UK) LTD Manchester M17 1PN t: 0161 776 6600 e: info@hyva.co.uk www.hyva.com DL-6006 Hyva Advert Skip/Handy Half Page C.M. FINAL.indd 1

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PAUL KEMP

DAF now has dealer driver trainers based across the country to help hand over new and used vehicles. In this edition we talk to Paul Kemp, the DAF Dealer Driver Trainer and used tuck sales manager, for Adams Morey in Southampton Q: When did you first join Adams Morey and what was your first job there? A: I joined the company in 1989 as a van and truck delivery and collection driver.

Q: What car do you currently drive and, if money was no object, what car would you have? A: I have a company Ford Mondeo, I would like to have a Bentley Continental GT.

Q: What did you want to be when you were at school? A: It was always my dream to be a truck driver like my dad. I went to work with him every school holiday. He worked on containers and then drove for Air Products for more than 25 years, before moving onto drive petrol tankers.

Q: What other responsibilities do you have at Adams Morey? A: I sell used trucks.

Q: When did you take your HGV licence? A: When I was 21. My dad taught me how to drive before that and showed me how to use an Eaton twin splitter gearbox and crash box. I remember he taught me how to reverse using a fully loaded nitrogen trailer. Q: What do you enjoy most about your role? A: Teaching people new things about their truck, even though they might have been driving it for quite a while.

Wilcox Commercial Vehicles - THE ORIGINAL AND STILL THE BEST Supporting the DAF ready to go vehciles with CIFA concrete mixers and steel & aluminium tippers .

Q: If you weren’t doing this, what would your ideal job be? A: I can’t really think of anything else – this really is my dream job. Paul goes to Eastleigh parkrun every Saturday without fail and runs 5k in the mud most weeks. He is now involved in setting up for each event and the rest of the group are currently encouraging him to take on the role of run director. He’s got five children, four of which are girls who keep him very busy the rest of the time.

Q: Do you have a top tip for a driver getting his new DAF? A: Sit back and relax; let the truck do the work.

For more information on what is ready contact our sales team Office : 01778 345151 Email : sales@tippers.co.uk Website : www.wilcox.uk.com Blenheim Way, Market Deeping, Peterborough, PE6 8LD

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HANDY, THAT! A PERFEC T MATCH

MEET THE TRAINERS

HYVA’s unique ‘Handy’ full remote HYVA Skip Loaders are the UK market system makes leaders.control Why? Because they’reskiploader easy to operation saferreliable. and much operate, safe andfaster, moreover Also more morepowerful, efficient. productive and inexpensive to maintain HYVA - Innovations That Deliver.

HYVA - Innovations that deliver

HYVA (UK) LTD Manchester M17 1PN t: 0161 776 6600 e: info@hyva.co.uk www.hyva.com DL-6006 Hyva Advert Skip/Handy Half Page C.M. FINAL.indd 1

26/08/2016 12:43

PAUL KEMP

DAF now has dealer driver trainers based across the country to help hand over new and used vehicles. In this edition we talk to Paul Kemp, the DAF Dealer Driver Trainer and used tuck sales manager, for Adams Morey in Southampton Q: When did you first join Adams Morey and what was your first job there? A: I joined the company in 1989 as a van and truck delivery and collection driver.

Q: What car do you currently drive and, if money was no object, what car would you have? A: I have a company Ford Mondeo, I would like to have a Bentley Continental GT.

Q: What did you want to be when you were at school? A: It was always my dream to be a truck driver like my dad. I went to work with him every school holiday. He worked on containers and then drove for Air Products for more than 25 years, before moving onto drive petrol tankers.

Q: What other responsibilities do you have at Adams Morey? A: I sell used trucks.

Q: When did you take your HGV licence? A: When I was 21. My dad taught me how to drive before that and showed me how to use an Eaton twin splitter gearbox and crash box. I remember he taught me how to reverse using a fully loaded nitrogen trailer. Q: What do you enjoy most about your role? A: Teaching people new things about their truck, even though they might have been driving it for quite a while.

Wilcox Commercial Vehicles - THE ORIGINAL AND STILL THE BEST Supporting the DAF ready to go vehciles with CIFA concrete mixers and steel & aluminium tippers .

Q: If you weren’t doing this, what would your ideal job be? A: I can’t really think of anything else – this really is my dream job. Paul goes to Eastleigh parkrun every Saturday without fail and runs 5k in the mud most weeks. He is now involved in setting up for each event and the rest of the group are currently encouraging him to take on the role of run director. He’s got five children, four of which are girls who keep him very busy the rest of the time.

Q: Do you have a top tip for a driver getting his new DAF? A: Sit back and relax; let the truck do the work.

For more information on what is ready contact our sales team Office : 01778 345151 Email : sales@tippers.co.uk Website : www.wilcox.uk.com Blenheim Way, Market Deeping, Peterborough, PE6 8LD

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HAVE LICENCE, WILL TRAVEL DAF driver training manager, Mandy Wannerton, goes globetrotting and recalls her time working abroad – specifically her experiences in South Africa

Below: Mandy on location in South Africa

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hen I first got my HGV licence, I had no idea just how far it would take me – not just as a driver but also as a driver trainer for DAF. Ghana, Mozambique, Taiwan, South Africa, Texas and Nigeria are just some of the places I have had the pleasure of driving and training in. One of my favourite places is South Africa. What an amazing mix of cultures that place is, and one where the old ways coexist with the new, which is probably how I came to be cursed by a Zulu witch doctor. Long story short, he took umbrage to having training, especially training delivered by a white woman. In the UK, the driver would simply refuse to come out with you. Over there, the only thing to come out were chicken bones and a drum. Anyway, I digress. Back to training. Training in South Africa is a little bit different to here. In the UK we go to the customer or they come to us. There, we’d go truck jumping. Because drivers spend several months away from base – and travel thousands of miles during that time – it was common practice to be given coordinate numbers at the dealership, along with a buggy (pick up) and a cheery farewell. Equipped with these essentials, you would then make your way to a given area and wait for the trucks to come through. You’d flag the driver down and, if they knew to expect you, they would stop and you would jump in. If not, they simply ploughed on; couldn’t blame them if they didn’t stop because

vehicle-jackings then were rife. As in Europe, drivers migrate to where the work is and, depending on a driver’s origin, the standard of driving would fluctuate greatly. In some African countries, all that was needed to gain a driving licence was to pass a written test and a practical test that used a map board and miniature vehicles. Yeah, seriously..... Once onboard the truck, several hours would be spent with the driver, including demonstration driving to cut through any language barriers. Drivers’ wages weren’t great, so anything that could help save fuel and increase safety – and stop the driver being penalised for damaging the truck – was welcomed. All of the drivers, with the exception of ‘WitchyWoo’ I mentioned earlier, were welcoming and keen to learn as much as they could. While we were training, the pickup would be driving around dropping off and picking up the other two trainers I was working with and, if it all went to plan, we would all end up in the same place at the end of the day. If not, c’est la vie, there’s always tomorrow. Being a driver in South Africa is not easy. Working hours are long, many of the older vehicles shouldn’t be on the road, roads vary from dirt tracks to super highways – and from lowlands to mountain ranges – and the wages, for many, are low. Fuel theft is a regular occurrence, as is vehicle-jacking. Vehicle repairs need to be carried out by the driver at the roadside – it’s surprising how many uses a carrier bag has! The biggest animals we need worry about when driving over here are deer; over there it’s elephants and rhinos. We moan about lane discipline; on many of their roads there are no lanes – or discipline, come to that. You certainly run the gauntlet as a driver over there and, as the charity Transaid says, every driver should be able to leave for a day’s work without the fear they may not come home because of a lack of training, or dangerous vehicles and roads. I, for one, am proud to say that I have played a very small part in helping the charity’s mission statement become a reality. Mandy x

DELO®…DURABILITY BY DESIGN When engine and gear oils prematurely thicken, this affects efficiency, emissions, service intervals, wear and overall protection of your vehicle – be it an articulated truck, rigid or light commercial van. Designed for durability, Delo products help prevent this from happening. The Texaco® Delo family of products consistently perform and deliver results throughout their lifetime in your equipment. Welcome to the World of Delo.

To find out more, please contact your DAF dealer.

Learn more at texacodelo.com WINTER 2019/20 SPRING 2020 DAF DRIVER

DAF DRIVER SPRING 2020

A Chevron company product

© 2019 Chevron Products UK Limited. All rights reserved. All trademarks are the property of Chevron Intellectual Property LLC or their respective owners. DEL239-0 [DAF_05/19]

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TRAINER’S NOTES

HAVE LICENCE, WILL TRAVEL DAF driver training manager, Mandy Wannerton, goes globetrotting and recalls her time working abroad – specifically her experiences in South Africa

Below: Mandy on location in South Africa

54

W

hen I first got my HGV licence, I had no idea just how far it would take me – not just as a driver but also as a driver trainer for DAF. Ghana, Mozambique, Taiwan, South Africa, Texas and Nigeria are just some of the places I have had the pleasure of driving and training in. One of my favourite places is South Africa. What an amazing mix of cultures that place is, and one where the old ways coexist with the new, which is probably how I came to be cursed by a Zulu witch doctor. Long story short, he took umbrage to having training, especially training delivered by a white woman. In the UK, the driver would simply refuse to come out with you. Over there, the only thing to come out were chicken bones and a drum. Anyway, I digress. Back to training. Training in South Africa is a little bit different to here. In the UK we go to the customer or they come to us. There, we’d go truck jumping. Because drivers spend several months away from base – and travel thousands of miles during that time – it was common practice to be given coordinate numbers at the dealership, along with a buggy (pick up) and a cheery farewell. Equipped with these essentials, you would then make your way to a given area and wait for the trucks to come through. You’d flag the driver down and, if they knew to expect you, they would stop and you would jump in. If not, they simply ploughed on; couldn’t blame them if they didn’t stop because

vehicle-jackings then were rife. As in Europe, drivers migrate to where the work is and, depending on a driver’s origin, the standard of driving would fluctuate greatly. In some African countries, all that was needed to gain a driving licence was to pass a written test and a practical test that used a map board and miniature vehicles. Yeah, seriously..... Once onboard the truck, several hours would be spent with the driver, including demonstration driving to cut through any language barriers. Drivers’ wages weren’t great, so anything that could help save fuel and increase safety – and stop the driver being penalised for damaging the truck – was welcomed. All of the drivers, with the exception of ‘WitchyWoo’ I mentioned earlier, were welcoming and keen to learn as much as they could. While we were training, the pickup would be driving around dropping off and picking up the other two trainers I was working with and, if it all went to plan, we would all end up in the same place at the end of the day. If not, c’est la vie, there’s always tomorrow. Being a driver in South Africa is not easy. Working hours are long, many of the older vehicles shouldn’t be on the road, roads vary from dirt tracks to super highways – and from lowlands to mountain ranges – and the wages, for many, are low. Fuel theft is a regular occurrence, as is vehicle-jacking. Vehicle repairs need to be carried out by the driver at the roadside – it’s surprising how many uses a carrier bag has! The biggest animals we need worry about when driving over here are deer; over there it’s elephants and rhinos. We moan about lane discipline; on many of their roads there are no lanes – or discipline, come to that. You certainly run the gauntlet as a driver over there and, as the charity Transaid says, every driver should be able to leave for a day’s work without the fear they may not come home because of a lack of training, or dangerous vehicles and roads. I, for one, am proud to say that I have played a very small part in helping the charity’s mission statement become a reality. Mandy x

DELO®…DURABILITY BY DESIGN When engine and gear oils prematurely thicken, this affects efficiency, emissions, service intervals, wear and overall protection of your vehicle – be it an articulated truck, rigid or light commercial van. Designed for durability, Delo products help prevent this from happening. The Texaco® Delo family of products consistently perform and deliver results throughout their lifetime in your equipment. Welcome to the World of Delo.

To find out more, please contact your DAF dealer.

Learn more at texacodelo.com WINTER 2019/20 SPRING 2020 DAF DRIVER

DAF DRIVER SPRING 2020

A Chevron company product

© 2019 Chevron Products UK Limited. All rights reserved. All trademarks are the property of Chevron Intellectual Property LLC or their respective owners. DEL239-0 [DAF_05/19]

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PACCAR Financial Tailored financial solutions As DAF’s in-house finance provider, PACCAR Financial has over 50 years’ experience offering financial services specifically for the transport sector. Naturally for the financing of your trucks, but also for complete combinations. With various financing possibilities, including repair & maintenance contracts. PACCAR Financial always offers a solution tailored to your individual requirements.

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