A truck is a motor vehicle for transporting goods. The word "truck" comes from the Greek "trochos", meaning "wheel". In America, the big wheels of wagons were called trucks. When the petrol engine driven trucks came into fashion, these were called "motortrucks". Slowly the word motor in front of truck disappeared.
The latest in military auto technology has arrived, or, as a better description, has rolled out into the battlefield. Indigen Armor, makers of armored vehicles known for their stout sturdiness, recently unveiled their latest masterpiece, the Non-Standard Tactical Truck, or NSTT, for short.
Described by Indigen Armor as an "ideal, lightweight alternative to heavy legacy vehicles," the armor-encased NSTT comes with four-wheel drive, scalable armor packages as well as a monster 6.0-liter turbo-diesel engine. These features make it an ideal vehicle to use in those high-hostility areas of conflict like urban streets, deserts, woodlands, jungles, and, if the situation calls for it, mountains and arctic terrains.
Indigen Armor left a lot of the specifications of the NSTT under wraps, only leaving us with this pretty cool video of the car being tested. That will probably be the only time we’d be psyched about getting into a car while an AK-47 tries to gun us down.
In the face of seemingly insormountable danger, the power of the human spirit to survive shines through, giving the individual the presence of mind to find ways of getting out of harm’s way
Truck driver Randy Pierce found that out the hard way after he managed - barely - to escape the burning truck he was driving after he got into an accident when the truck he was driving, which was carrying about 20 tons of frozen chicken, got cut off by a dump truck before the trailer crashed, slicing open the fuel tank in the process.
With a split open tank, it didn’t take long for the truck to be engulfed in flames, which, naturally, made things worse for Pierce. If the fire wasn’t enough to deal with, Pierce also had to worry about getting out of the truck’s cab, which was perilously dangling from the side of the bridge.
Fortunately, the driver still had his wits about him despite a pretty devastating crash. Pierce managed to get safely back to hard surface after climbing out of the passenger side of the burning truck before finding safety in the form of the bridge.
In times like this, you have to wonder how these people can think clearly given the cards that they’re dealt with. Fortunately for Randy Pierce, he was calm enough to work his way out of his predicament.
As if people need to be reminded that Chrysler bagged Motor Trend’s "Truck of the Year" award for the 2010 Ram Heavy Duty, the company decided to announce their achievement by installing a 140-foot tall and 120-foot wide building wrap at its company headquarters at Pentastar Central in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
The building wrap is so huge that it actually covers the entire side of the Chrysler HQ, which, unless you’re blind, you will have a hard time missing. We’re all proponents of celebrating one’s achievement, but we prefer to do it in a low-key kind of way. On the other hand, Chrysler did exactly the opposite.
According to Ram Truck president and CEO, Fred Diaz, the purpose of the wrap was to "share the company’s pride in the Ram Heavy Duty - as well as the Ram 1500 - with our employees that work hard each day to support this company." Coudn’t they have just bought them all a Ram or maybe just a gift certificate to a fancy dinner?
The enormous building wrap that covers one side of the entire building can be seen by about 200,000 motorists that travel along the Interstate-75 in Auburn Hills, Mich., every day. If Chrysler really wanted to get people’s attention, this building wrap is doing a marvelous job at that.
Rarely do we see videos these days that leave our jaws dropping on the floor. This one most certainly did that, and the funny thing is, it didn’t even involve a high-end sports car.
When a 65,000-pound truck comes barreling at about 50 miles per hour, you figures that nothing can stand in its way. But if you’ve ever seen any of those concrete barriers that are built around the perimeter high-security buildings, then it becomes a showdown of epic proportions.
It’s the ultimate battle between the unstoppable force going up against an immovable object. Who wins it?
Here’s a hint: we picked a side and we ended up being wrong.
On one hand, these diesel stacks are widely considered as a trucker’s best friend. On the other hand, though, it’s an environmentalist’s worst nightmare.
Not content with eight-inch diesel stacks, which are already pretty huge as far as diesel stacks are concerned, Pypes Performance Exhaust decided that eight inches aren’t big enough stacks anymore so they did what any motivated exhaust company would do: raise the ante.
And this is what happens when Pypes Performance Exhaust plays the role of mad scientists. Behold the twelve-inch diesel stacks.
Watching this video, you can immediately conjure up what people are thinking as soon as they see it. On one end, you have those truck drivers salivating at the thought of having one – or two – of these exhausts installed in their semi. On the other end, you have those environmentalists that must have already fainted after seeing that black plume of smoke released by 12-inch stacks.
The question is: which side of the fence are you on?
We are all well aware of situation down in Haiti, and while celebrities are holding telethons and individuals are pledging their last dollar to the relief effort, the American automaker General Motors is taking action at the request of the U.N. by sending a fleet of GMC Sierra pick up trucks to the distressed island nation as a joint effort between the GM Foundation and the William J. Clinton Foundation.
According to the former U.S. president, "I’m pleased the GM Foundation has made a generous donation of trucks to our relief efforts in Haiti, which will be instrumental in mobilizing food and lifesaving supplies,...The American auto industry has made great strides to increase aid and assistance to Haiti, and GM’s leadership demonstrates what corporate citizens can do to help the people of Haiti rebuild and recover from the massive earthquake” said Clinton. With the GMC Sierra being one of the hardest working trucks in America, we are sure that they will be right at home being put to work in Haiti.
It’s a bad time to be a Toyota owner these days. After news broke out last week that Toyota was being forced to recall over 1 million cars globally due to those sticky accelerator pedals, the Japanese-based auto giant has gone into full scale damage control, giving Toyota owners a chance to return their Toyota vehicles to a Toyota dealership where they’d undergo free repairs to fix the faulty pedals.
Mikel Valviva decided to return his recalled Toyota Tundra in one of the local dealerships in his area, but after being told that he would have to wait to get his Tundra fixed, Valvina took matters into his own hands. Instead of patiently waiting for his turn, Valvina “somehow” accelerated his Tundra straight into the dealership.
While it seems ridiculous to accuse someone of deliberately crashing his vehicle into a dealership because he felt disrespected, this whole situation involving Toyota and all these faulty accelerator pedals have left everybody in a constant state of confusion.
As far as Valvina’s supposed accidental torpedoing of the Toyota dealership, local authorities have indicated that the whole incident could very well have been unintentional. Or maybe the accelerator pedal just got stuck.
The great thing about SEMA that other auto shows can’t boast of is that you can find vehicles that are so out of the ordinary it begs for more than a few double takes. Take this truck from Dunkel Industries for example.
In as many words: it’s huge!
We don’t know whether this one’s for the books, but we do know that at 32 ft long, almost 9 ft wide, and 12 ft tall, it ranks right up there among the short list of enormous trucks that have made an appearance at SEMA. Dunkel Industries calls it the Luxury 4x4 (duh!) and if you take a closer look, you’ll notice that it’s a hybrid of a pick-up truck and an RV that has been fused together. By using a Ford F-650/F-750 chassis on the Luxury 4x4, Dunkel Industries was able to make a truck so big it really has no need for a trailer anymore.
After jumpstarting a billion-dollar enthusiast segment, the Bigfoot truck - one of the most iconic trucks in history - returned to SEMA to celebrate its 35th anniversary.
Adorned in the traditional no. 1 and those gargantuan 66-inch terra tires, Bob Chandler’s Bigfoot Truck returned to the very same auto show it first attended back in 1977. To celebrate the occasion, the original No.1 was joinged by a modern tube-framed Bigfoot truck that was dressed in a commemorative no. 1 body.
As you probably know by now, Monster Trucks became a cultural icon over the years, having appeared in a number of movies, spawning it’s very own competition, and has also made 25,000 appearances in over 20 countries since it was created in 1974.
Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month wouldn’t be complete without paying some respect to a group of people that have done their own tribute for BCAM.
Meet the ‘Guardians of the Pink Ribbon’ and their unique rides, pink fire trucks. Now, before you say “hey, what’s so exotic about pink fire trucks?” consider first the circumstances. This group of police officers and firefighters travel across the country for the sole purpose of raising awareness for breast cancer, which is what we’re trying to do, except on a much, much more miniscule scale.
The group is led by Dave Graybill, a firefighter from Arizona, and what they do is they tour the country to collect signatures on their pink fire truck from breast cancer survivors and their supporters.
This year, they’ve christened their tour as the “Pink Heals Tour ‘09”, which officially kicked off last September 12 in Las Vegas and will go on until their final stop on Halloween night back in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The whole project was started by Graybill to honor and pay respect to all those women afflicted with breast cancer. In his own words: “We, who have not been affected, let’s put on our t-shirts, strap our belts, pull up our pants, and let’s go rally and start supporting our women. I’m asking all men to wear pink to honor women in their fight against cancer. I’m asking police chiefs, fire chiefs, politicians, as leaders in the country, show your women you love them.”
We may not be any of the above, but we hear your message loud and clear, Mr. Graybill. Thank you for what you’re doing.