One trouble with living in a town on the Bruce highway is when the lads have a bit of an operation.
Usually they turn off and head to Tin Can but these exercises are up at Shoalwater.
The new MAN gear has no trouble maintaining good highway speeds. Even the old Macks and S-Lines can get up and boogie. I was surprised at the poor performance of the Bushmasters once on the hills.
Last exercise I was heading South and got stuck in a convoy of the most gutless things I've ever see. Some 6wd tiny thing from NZ, each towing a trailer'2 2000 trailer and flat to the boards at 60kph, nose to tail.
This time I passed them heading North, luckily on the 110 freeway.
They were almost in low range getting up the big hill at Cooroy, not the smartest when traffic is approaching their clackers at 110. And so skinny they could have driven out in the guide posts but no, only the left lane for them.
Why don't they float this junk to site? I've seen all sorts of gear floated on private and defence force floats, the biggest gun I've ever seen went through town on a private tri axle semi the other day.
They must be realistic exercises, 4-Defence force floats in the South bound truck bay all with bashed up Bushmasters on the back.
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The NZ trucks are Pinzgauers (the big brother to Haflingers). Very capable off road but very technical and only light load carriers.
We have one in our truck club and the owner and his wife have to wear aircraft headsets and intercom to hear each other!
If they have the earlier model 90hp is WW2 type power for a 6x6 and I think the factory claim of 100kph is a figment of their imagination. The current model is 145hp which should punch those little blokes along pretty well.