PDC 8 – In for The Long Haul
You guessed it! It’s commercial vehicles!
We set the scene in a meeting room somewhere in the heart of England.
The year is 2003, and Securicor Omega has just been bought by Deutsche Post.
Chairman: Mr Darling has suggested we become the new face of delivery in the UK. He says that we should become the future of logistics, the maestros of the motorways, and the princes of the parcels! Now that pesky Omega has been bought out, we can finally shine through!
Executive 1: But surely… we need a bigger network… we need to be able to take larger capacities?
Executive 2: That is a point there, sir, we need more depots, a bigger fleet, more staff, what will we do?
Chairman: Well… I didn’t think about that. Any ideas chaps?
Executive 1: Couldn’t we just buy used? Wouldn’t that just do the job fine?
Executive 2: What about a nationwide campaign? Support local, support British? That could work.
Executive 3 (Who until now has been fiddling with a Newton’s Cradle): You know what? I’ve got it! I’ve bloody got it! How about… right? We approach manufacturers. We approach them and ask them to make concepts, vehicles specific to us, give us an identity!
Chairman: Yes, Yes, I guess that’d work, Dave. Any other ideas… Wait? Are you saying we don’t have an identity!? Are you insulting my 20 years of hard work and graft!?
Executive 3: Well… yes. Yes, I am, actually. We aren’t a prominent enough brand; we aren’t a household name like Parcel Force are. We need identity, TNT have their orange paint, BRS had their iconic lorries, Stobarts have a fan club for crying out loud!
Chairman: I see your point… Now we need to work out who to contact, and what parameters. Any thoughts so far?
Executive 2: Pulling Power, lots of it, lots and lots of pulling power.
Executive 3: Load space and drivability.
Executive 1: Well… we need to treat our driver’s right… Comfort would be quite good for them, right…?
Chairman: Ok, good ideas, keep them coming!
Executive 3: Fuel efficiency and good reliability, we don’t want to shell out too much for diesel and parts!
Executive 2: We need a big snazzy sign on the lorry, let ‘em know we’ve arrived!
Executive 3: Wait… who said it needed to be a lorry?
The board room falls silent.
Chairman: So. We’ll need lorries for the long haul and vans for the inner city. Let’s get onto it.
To summarise, you need to build a van and/or a truck. Both will be judged separately, meaning 2 winning entries. I will only allow 2 vehicles to be sent, with no resubmissions.
Vans and Trucks need to carry things, so make it very good at that!
The parcel company don’t want their vehicles off the road every other weekend in for repairs.
The trucks won’t be as efficient here, but in a class of their own, will still be relevant. The company doesn’t want to spend too much on diesel.
Period Correctness and a good, memorable design will do the company’s reputation nicely.
Again a stat that won’t do well for the lorries. Drivers need to be looked after, give them some kit and some good seats for the cabs of the work vehicles!
Model & Trim Year: 1995-2004
Regular Unleaded Fuel – On recommendation
No Race Parts
No Sports Compound or Semi-Slick Tyres
Model & Engine Name: PDC 8 – [Username]
Trim & Variant: Name of vehicle/engine
Deadline is 15/07/2020 Good Luck!
I am only hosting this as it seems to have gone all quiet on the Western Front since PDC 7