After a month of heated voting, Coles & Sons’ stunning Centurion Scania has been named as the nation’s favourite truck
By Andy Stewart
PHOTOGRAPHY ANDY STEWART / DOUGIE RANKINE
Coles & Sons’ astonishing Scania R500 (WN13 VRX) has been crowned the Best Truck in Britain by Trucking readers.
After kicking off the contest last issue and announcing a shortlist of our favourite six commercial vehicles run by British operators, thousands of readers took to our Facebook page
(www.facebook.com/truckingmag) and sent in postal votes to have their say in which truck should win the title.
Alongside Coles’ striking Scania, the five other contenders we chose after heated deliberations were David G Davies’ Call of the Wild DAF, FG Bond & Son’s flatbed Volvo, J Davidson’s Live and Let Die Scania, J Templeton’s Avatar-themed Scania and Tom Nutt’s gold-coloured Volvo.
Once the voting got underway, it was clear almost from the off that the contest was going to be a two-horse race. Both the Centurion and FG Bond’s immaculate Volvo flatbed broke into an early lead, leaving the other candidates well in their wake. Indeed, the pair stormed ahead of the pack to soak up a remarkable 76 per cent of the total 2636 votes between them!
At the final tally, the Centurion commanded a whopping 1081 votes (41 per cent). “For all those out there who think this is just a truck to throw money at, it is a workhorse and out on the road for five/six days a week earning money!” said the truck’s driver, Brian ‘Scooby’ McLaren on our Facebook voting page. “One of the most beautiful trucks EVER!” chimed in Richiie Martin, while Facebook user Anthony ‘Binnsy’ Binns added: “Awesome motor, and a credit
to the driver who takes his time cleaning it.” As well as nabbing the award, Coles & Sons also wins its choice of a set of six Alcoa wheels in either Mirror Polished, Dura-Brite or Brushed finish from our generous competition sponsor, Tyre-Line.
As featured in the January 2014 issue of Trucking. Buy the magazine here