Tip­ping busi­ness his way

Truckie’s onto a win­ner

Big Rigs - - AD­VER­TIS­ING FEA­TURE -

MARK van Diemen has been in the tip-truck busi­ness for al­most 30 years and he sees tip­ping trail­ers and Sca­nia trucks as the foun­da­tion of a suc­cess­ful truck­ing busi­ness.

He has held the one con­tract for 20 years and has a truck­load of kilo­me­tres and awards un­der his belt.

With him every step of the way has been his Sca­nia P 124G.

Orig­i­nally Mark was in part­ner­ship with his fa­ther, Martin, but Mark took over the busi­ness seven years ago when Martin re­tired.

At one stage there was a fleet of three trucks in the busi­ness, but now Mark op­er­ates just the one Sca­nia.

He trans­ports bulk prod­ucts for Pak­en­ham Sand and Soil and 70% of his work is lo­cal, in­ter­spersed with reg­u­lar trips to Sey­mour, Torquay and Bairns­dale in Gipp­s­land to col­lect var­i­ous land­scap­ing sup­plies.

Bought new in 2003, Mark’s 420hp man­ual trans­mis­sion Sca­nia P 124G has cov­ered more than 1.7 mil­lion kilo­me­tres. What’s more, it’s a multi-award win­ner.

“We’ve won three awards at the Tooradin Truck Show in the past five years,” Mark says.

“In 2014 we won best tip-truck over eight years old, then in 2016 and 2017 we won best Euro­pean truck, and this year placed sec­ond for best tip­per.”

The dis­tance Mark has driven the P 124G is equiv­a­lent to 43 or­bits of the Earth and his Sca­nia has proven to­tally re­li­able.

“The mo­tor was rebuilt at 1.2 mil­lion kilo­me­tres but I have not touched the gear­box. The rear diff hasn’t been touched but I have re-raced the front diff,” Mark said.

“I’ve re­cently done the king­pins but it’s still on its orig­i­nal springs. It has been a fan­tas­tic truck. In fact, I’ve only had to put two clutches in it, with the sec­ond go­ing in just six months ago.”

Mark has al­ways driven the P 124G and it’s his third Sca­nia af­ter switch­ing from a White Road Com­man­der.

Driv­ing about 150,000km an­nu­ally, Mark said the Sca­nia was the ideal tip­per.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TRIED AND TRUE: Mark van Die­man at the wheel of his 2003 build Sca­nia P 124G with a tip­per body and trailer.

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