The Oscar nominations were announced this week – recognising the finest achievements of the year from films, directors and performers. But there is one glaring omission for the Oscars list of awards – not a single mention of trucks or commercial vehicles! So, to restore some justice to the world, we thought we’d go back through the film archive and create our nominations for the ‘Truck Oscars’ – recognising outstanding achievement by trucks and vehicles in films. The panel have discussed, debated and deliberated and the nominations are in! Best Picture Maximum Overdrive – 1986 – Dir. Stephen King Based on Sephen King’s short story Trucks – Maximum Overdrive is a film about machines coming to life and becoming homicidal (I know, I can’t understand how it didn’t ever get nominated for a real oscar either!). In amongst out of control electric carving knives and bad-mouthed cash machines, the film focusses on a group of people stranded in the Dixie Boy truck stop as a herd of trucks plot their demise. Will the trucks take-over – will the inhabitants of the Dixie Boy find a way to fight back?! They don’t make them like this anymore… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqz2rejJS6M Duel – 1971 – Dir. Steven Spielberg A salesman out on the desert highway finds himself relentlessy stalked by a truck for the duration of the film; with suspense, thrills and collisions ensuing. The chilling thing throughout the whole film is that the driver of the truck remains unseen throughout – raising the question for the viewer – who, if anyone, is driving it?! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MtAMc4i8OA Convoy – 1978 – Dir. Sam Peckinpah An all-time trucker classic inspired by a song of the same name, Convoy follows truck driver ’Rubber Duck’ as he leads a growing fleet of truckers as they attempt to out-run and out-wit crooked cop Sheriff Wallace. A road trip adventure at its finest with plenty of CB Radio banter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5RI30RJIPk&feature=fvst Smokey and the Bandit – 1977 – dir. Hal Needham “Bandit” needs to transport 400 cases of Coors beer 1800miles from Texas to Georgia in just 28hours. Cue a rip-roaring game of cat and mouse between Bandit and Sheriff “Smokey Bear”. Trucks and Burt Reynolds have never been so cool! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH5KNcFRZLQ Speed – 1994 – dir. Jan De Bont A wildcard nomination as it’s not strictly a truck that features, but a bus. But we won’t let this detail stand in the way of a worthy nomination. A bus is armed with a bomb that will detonate if the bus drops below 50mph. A simple premise – an outstanding film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fk4A1AY10U0 – Best Performance by a Truck in an Motion Picture “The Spooky Truck” – Jeepers Creepers – 2001 Before the evil protagnist is revealed to be a big monster and spoils the whole film, “the spooky truck” puts in a show stealing performance as it pursues a terrified brother and sister innocently making their way home. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7uiQdfppCA&feature=related ‘Mutts Cutts’ Van – Dumb and Dumber – 1994 Its a rare treat that a comedy performance receives an oscar nomination, and although not a truck – the ‘Mutts Cutts’ van puts in a majestic showing throughout Dumb and Dumber and would have earnt a nomination for the leg lifting scene at the petrol station alone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isbAgdfJkFo Peterbilt 281 Tanker Truck – Duel – 1971 The only film in our shortlist to receive two nominations in separate categories. To keep the viewer second-guessing throughout the entire film if the truck has a driver or not takes a special performer – so hats off to the Peterbilt for pulling it off. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jx-h45TTko&feature=related Ensemble cast – Die Hard with a Vengeance - 1995 A silent and sinister performance from all 14 tipper trucks as they make their way out of New York with a deficit busting $180 billion dollars worth of gold. A valiant effort from the tippers as they take the acqueduct rather than the bridge – but ultimately, they are no match for Detective John McClane – but then again, no-one is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e8dzxU926s (clip contains strong language) Harrington Coach – The Italian Job – 1969 Again, not a truck – but they’ve taken all the seats out so it qualifies! The coach that Charlie Croker and his band of merry men use to escape in is reposnsible for one of the most iconic scenes in film history. Flying around sharp mountain bends, the coach clings to the road as the gold and passengers in the back fly from side to side spilling champagne as they go. But then the coach spins out of control and hangs perilously on the edge of the cliff. As the future of the coach, passengers and gold hangs in the balance, Croker utters the immortal words in the film’s closing sequence: ”Hang on a minute lads, I’ve got a great idea”. Cinema gold. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XeEGJP-Huk – Best Performance by an Animated Truck “Packer” – Bob the Builder Inspiring a generation of truckers for the future, Packer is part of the team who can always fix it - “Pack me up and watch me go-go” is Packer’s catchphrase and we’ve got nothing but respect for that kind of can-do attitude! http://www.bobthebuilder.com/uk/meet_packer.asp “Mack” – Cars Mack (a Mack Superliner) is the fallable but ultimately loyal companion of Lighting McQueen and puts in an endearing performance in this Pixar smash hit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wozh2KiEF4c “Butch” – Thomas the Tank Engine While Thomas and the trains take centre stage and all the plaudits, let’s take this moment to recognise the achievement of Butch – the Sodor Heavy Recovery Unit – and all the great work he does in the backgrond. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqniiO0XLQc “The red car and the blue car” – The Milky Way advert OK, so they aren’t trucks – they’re not even buses or vans. But the red car and the blue car had a race…and what a race it was! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4drNFXd6dw Tow Mater – Cars 2 Rewarded for his outstanding work in the first film, by being given centre stage in the sequel, Tow Mater delivers a heartwarming performance that will make you laugh and cry in the under-rated follow-up to Cars 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuYGxka4HEs — And there we have it – our nominations for the Truck Oscars! So, what do you think? Have we missed any films? Any you don’t agree with? Any additional categories and nominees you’d suggest? We want to hear from you! Please post your comments below.
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The Truck Oscars
Such was the level of achievement within Alltruck during the month of October that the Directors made two awards, one for Employee of the Month and one for Team of the Month. So congratulations go to Jerry and the technicians at Sleaford for winning Team of the Month for their hardwork and dedication! Not to be outdone by the refurbishment at our Nottingham and Leicester depots, Jerry and the team took the initiative and invested their own time and effort in repainting the Sleaford workshop floor to keep it at the highest standards. The commitment of Jerry and the team is a great example of our “ 3Ps and 3Cs “ in action. Jerry and his team receive £210 to donate to charity which they have chosen to add to the money Alltruck raised for Wear it Pink which brings our total donation made to Breast Cancer Campaign up to £307.
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Team of the Month October 2011
We might be known for our pink trucks at Alltruck, but we’ve taken big steps towards going greener this week as we added fifteen Mercedes Benz trucks with Bevan21 bodies to our rental fleet. Now ready to rent at 12t, 18t and 26t; the Bevan21 bodies are specifically designed and manufactured to lower carbon emissions and can deliver the following benefits to our customers: Independently proven fuel savings of up to 15% Increased payload Reduced CO2 emissions How do they do it? The Bevan21 bodies are all manufactured from lightweight Carbofont recyclable panels and are produced to give a streamlined body for reduced wind resistance while still retaining full cubic load volumes. We pride ourselves on being a progressive organisation and with the environmental spotlight continuing to point at the transport industry, Alltruck are proud to be leading the way for the rest of the rental sector by offering our customers a greener and more efficient alternative.
A greener shade of pink