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THE Liq­ue­fied Nat­u­ral Gas roll­out is on track, with the first of five new EVOL LNG ser­vice sta­tions opened in Vic­to­ria last week. Based near the bor­ders of New South Wales and Vic­to­ria, the Wodonga re­fu­elling site is lo­cated on the Hume High­way be­tween Melbourne and Syd­ney. It is part of an $8.3mil­lion pro­ject that in­cludes the fill­ing sta­tions as well as two LNG­fu­elled tankers and trail­ers, with EVOL LNG stump­ing up $5.8 mil­lion and the rest com­ing from the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment. A VAN is not usu­ally the first choice for a rugged desert rally. How­ever, MercedesBenz has shown its four-wheel-drive Sprinter and Vito vans are up to the chal­lenge af­ter two fac­tory-backed mod­els fin­ished the Rally Aicha des Gazelles in Morocco. The vans, driven by fe­male Mercedes em­ploy­ees, were es­sen­tially stan­dard ex­cept for a few mi­nor mod­i­fi­ca­tions. The larger Sprinter is pro­pelled by a V6 turbo diesel engine, while the Vito uses a four-cylin­der diesel. More than 300 women took part in the 2500km rally. THE gi­ant blue Aus­tralian road train that thrilled crowds at last month’s Mid Amer­ica Truck Show in Louisville is go­ing on show here. Western Star will put the 4900 FXC Road Train on its stand at the Bris­bane Truck Show that will run fromMay 16 to 19. The Amer­i­can truck­mak­er­will also have a 4900 FXT 30th An­niver­sary limited edi­tion truck as well as a 4800 FXB truck used by Ere­bus Motorsport V8 Su­per­car team that races AMG Mercedes cars. A NEW book gives a first-hand ac­count of what it used to be like run heavy trucks across the Nullar­bor. For­get the long smooth stretches of black­top that tame the un­for­giv­ing ex­panse, the road was dirt only in the 1950s when Ray Gil­le­land drove it in Bri­tish trucks that were never de­signed for such work. He took plenty tools as well as a gun to keep deadly snakes at bay. His ex­pe­ri­ences are cov­ered in a new book called pub­lished by Allen and Un­win.

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