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.