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TA­TRA’S EIGHT-WHEEL DRIVE tip­per was cer­tainly an im­pos­ing exhibit and at­tracted plenty of wide-eyed vis­i­tors.

But who is Ta­tra and what ex­actly was that truck at the Bris­bane Truck Show?

Ta­tra hails from the Czech Repub­lic, has been pro­duc­ing trucks in one form or another for more than 100 years, and, for the ma­jor­ity of those years, has spe­cialised in heavy-duty of­froad mod­els.

At the core of the de­sign is a unique sin­gle-tube chas­sis from which sprout in­de­pen­dently sus­pended, swing­ing driven half-axles.

The Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor for 20 years is the fam­ily-owned Of­froad Trucks Aus­tralia based in Perth, which has ob­vi­ously enough found plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for Ta­tra in the WA min­ing in­dus­try and be­yond.

There are three dis­tinct mod­els in the range and, as the flag­ship Phoenix model in Bris­bane showed, the spec­i­fi­ca­tion has a strong con­nec­tion to Paccar.

Power, for ex­am­ple, comes from an MX 13 en­gine rated up to 510hp (380kW) and the cab which comes in day, sleeper and crew-cab forms is de­rived from DAF.

The Phoenix ranges from 4x4 right up to 12x12 con­fig­u­ra­tions driv­ing through ZF or Allison trans­mis­sions. Im­pres­sive, from any an­gle.

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