The World of Custom Trucks
In this, your guide to outstanding truck decoration in Western Europe and the United States, you will see a wide range of approaches and styles. Eighteen of the twenty-nine trucks featured are from Europe, eight are from North America and three are from the UK. In each case you are presented with a number of views of the vehicle to show the overall designs as well as the details of exteriors and interiors. French photographer Xavier Stefaniak is a trucker and designer specialising in capturing the finest truck photographs. His co-author, Ferdy De Martin, runs www.TOPRUN.ch, one of the most popular internet truck sites. Their text is enthusiastic and illuminating. Main sections are in English and they also provide brief summaries in French. Among these examples of their work are two from the United States. The stylish black-and-red 1981 Kenworth W900A comes from from Lanita Transport and the cool yellow-and green Peterbilt 351 is from Maggini and Son. European styles are often more ornate. Hundreds of LEDs and delicate airbrushing cover the Mercedes MP4 'Xtar' tankers from the Finnish Kuljetus Auvinen Oy. The Scania T460 cab interior from Belgian J Peeters & Zn shows a more delicate approach. Some of the photographs set the trucks in their landscapes such as the English Yorkshire Dales where Fred Greenwood's Scania R580 gingerly threads its cattle truck along narrow lanes. The final example here is the rarely used violet of Van Dalen's Volvo FH16 700 'Bruce Springsteen'.
Publication Date: 4/26/2013