West Yorkshire-based David Blockley & Son has taken delivery of a new Volvo FH16-750 Ailsa Edition tractor unit, supplied by Phil Atkinson of Crossroads Truck and Bus Ltd.
The 6×2 pusher/steer prime mover will be hired out on a full-time basis by David Blockley & Son to Fred Greenwood & Son Ltd, a long-standing customer.
The gold liveried newcomer carries Ailsa Edition No.6 and was supplied with a three-year Volvo Gold Contract that guarantees 100 per cent uptime.
“The new Ailsa Edition tractor unit will be used on livestock transport throughout the UK. This Volvo is the seventh 16-litre FH16-750 I’ve bought,” said David Blockley. “I have a long established and extremely strong relationship with Crossroads Truck and Bus Ltd, as I started work there in 1973 as an apprentice mechanic.”
David’s experience with Volvo’s flagship 16-litre diesel engine stretches back to 1988, with a 470hp F16 tractor unit.
“That was a fantastic wagon and we’ve used several versions of the D16 engine since then in ever-increasing power outputs within our haulage and recovery fleets,” David commented. “We also keep a Version 1 FH-520 for hauling a low loader. My entire working life has been around Volvo Trucks and it has been quite something to be part of its progress since those early F86 and F88 models.”