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"QUANTUM SHOT" #721
Link - article by Avi Abrams




Those magnificent men in their long-haul trucking machines

We welcome the mighty truck photography by Roger Snider from Ultra Rigs of the World. We wrote about his work before - read our exclusive interview with Roger here.

Since that time, he had a few additional adventures, venturing to Australia and Europe to shoot some truly extreme rigs and to document the radical lifestyle of "road warriors" and their magnificent machines.


(all images credit: Roger Snider, used by permission)

Australian Truck Warriors & Overland Road Trains

We wrote about huge off-road and cross-continent road trains before - see here. Most of them are driven across Australia, but there are some in South Africa, India and China.

If there is no "truck opera" to glorify these mechanical beasts of burden, then somebody should write one. Roger's photography comes close second in showing the epic quality of this job:



This time around we are getting a good close look on these rugged machines in all their glory. Roger Snider did a great job in highlighting not only the character of desert-crossing truck train, but also the drivers who routinely cross immense distances, facing various adverse conditions:




This is just a tow truck, but a VERY big one:



"Mad Max"? So 1970s (or is it 1980s?). Apocalyptic science fiction by Stephen King (think "The Stand", or "Dark Tower")? Surreal and almost subliminal desert landscapes of J.G.Ballard fiction? All this, and more, can be summarized by simply gazing into the eyes of Australian truck train drivers, or sharing a few stories at the truck stop:



No-nonsense front design of these truck trains projects invincibility: Get out of the way, or else!...





And yet Australian truck trains are not the longest - this truck beats them all:


(original unknown)

Well, you gotta do what you gotta do, if you need to move something as long as this - but what is it, exactly? Update: these are wind turbine blades, at least 2 to each trailer, shown on the image above.

Here is a nice Australian rig (this is real, although anybody with Photoshop skills can continue "cloning" the trailers till they reach the horizon):


(image via)

And for trucks with trailers, the record for longest road train goes to transport operators in Burke, Australia: total 29 trailers! - more info



(image via)


European Super Rigs: Measuring up to the mountains

European trucks look different from American big rigs: most of them feature cab-over ("cab forward", or cab-over-engine) design, with the similarly plushy comfort inside the cabin. And yet somehow they look sleeker and less cluttered; with less trinkets all around, though definitely boasting just as many lights, if not more:





The gigantic truck show is dwarfed by the mountain valley: still an incredible testament to vibrant truck culture in Europe -



Swiss driver in his rig: confident and content -





American Custom Big Rigs - Still Going Strong

Smokey and the Bandit... Convoy... White Line Fever... These movies are entrenched in American consciousness, even though they were made way back in the 1970s-80s. Today long-haul custom trucks are just as mean-looking and inspiring as they were then. A true American classic:





Too hot? Makes sense to drive the roofless "convertible" truck:



This photograph is so atmospheric, it's worthy to be framed: a classic Freightliner -



The Ultimate Mobile Home Rig still overwhelms with its immense chrome expanses (besides, it would make a great toy model):




Japanese "Decotora" Custom Trucks Update

This is definitely not of this world. This is the Advanced Alien Truck Force War meeting, planning its dirty deeds on Planet Earth:



Something epic is painted on this truck... worth a closer look:



Decotora illumination goes well with futuristic lights of Tokyo:



(all images credit: Roger, used by permission)

See Roger Snider's portfolio here and on his site. He's also been featured in National Geographic and in Time Magazine.


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11 Comments:

Anonymous Jeff said...

Cab-over in Europe is largely because of length-economics: there's regulations concerning total truck length so by moving the engine under the cab you can have more load-space.

And there's less clutter because of safety regulations: less pointy bits mean less gruesome damage to pedestrians and cyclist when having an accident. Notice the smooth sticking-out bits on the corners, these are both for aero dynamics as well as extra impact absorption.

All this reflects that in Europe roads are a bit smaller, cities are tighter and there's more mixed road-use.

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Blogger mm47 said...

"but what is it, exactly? "
That's an easy one. It's the blade from a wind turbine. The big ones are massive.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

mm47 is right, it looks like a windmill blade (or possibly a set of three).

Also, that "ultimate mobile home" rig looks like it's pulling a horse trailer or some other kind of racing team trailer. It might very well have some living quarters on board, but every time I've ever seen that layout, it was for horses, motorcycles or dirt track racers. Does anyone know anything about that particular truck? I can see text on the trailer, but the glare from the chrome makes it impossible to read.

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Blogger Avi Abrams said...

We did write about this super RV before - see more info and pictures inside Ultra Rigs, Part 1.

As for the wind turbine blade, you can see the transporting and erecting of wind turbine here (scroll down), their blades can be very long indeed...

Jeff, also, great comment on European trucking, thank you.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The placement of the "what is it, exactly" caption is why some articles on this site are confusing to read. I thought it was referring to the next photo. Either put the captions only above the photo or below it and keep it consistent.

The multiple windows on the side of the "mobile home" shows that it is indeed a horse trailer. The windows can be opened for horses standing next to each other.

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Blogger Andrea C. said...

Speaking of "improper" use of trucks, here you can find some photos and technical specifications of the trucks (also light trucks and cars) used for several (12) expeditions around the world by the the italian tv show "Overland: World Truck Expedition"

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Anonymous John Silver said...

Sweden owns Europe.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a second truck partially visible in a half-way in the wind turbine blade picture, so Australian truck trains are still longer.

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Anonymous Mario said...

Okay what in the world is that really looooong thing? Geez

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Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Fixed "what is it, exactly" placement. Thanks for noticing it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

as the old saying goes,
OLD TRUCK DRIVERS NEVER DIE,THEY JUST GET A NEW "PETERBUILT"

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