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digggerr
Posted: Thursday, December 31, 2015 11:29:47 PM
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The truck is in Columbia in this photo. Although the cab doesn't look like a Renault to me, I'm not an expert. Can anybody offer any information or other photos?

KyleS
Posted: Thursday, December 31, 2015 11:45:55 PM

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That thing is bad ass!

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GuyM
Posted: Friday, January 01, 2016 5:05:00 AM
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Digggerr,

The truck is a DRIVE, (Diseno, Realizacion e Ingenieria de Vehiculos Especiales), a 8x8 tow truck built in Spain by one of the companies members of the european IRTEX Group (Ingénierie et Réalisation de Transports Exceptionnels):



IRTEX was a consortium made of 6 heavy haulage contractors and special truck builders: SCTT in France, Translast in Germany, Rigging International in the US, Sainert, TMU and DRIVE in Spain. Similar trucks have been built, in small numbers, by Ponticelli in France, TMU and DRIVE in Spain.

Sainert, from Madrid, shipped early 80s two of their heavy haulage sets (one TMU and one DRIVE) with Trabosa modular trailers and girders down in Venezuela for a transfos haulage contract:





Their trucks remained there, with local haulage companies, after completion of that job: I suppose that your picture was shot somewhere later in Venezuela, or in South America.

Pictures above from Speciaal Transport Magazine (May 1985).

I hope it helps.
Guy
Fabio
Posted: Friday, January 01, 2016 8:12:04 PM

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digggerr
Posted: Friday, January 01, 2016 9:37:48 PM
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GuyM,

Thank you for the information and photos! The photo was taken in Columbia according to the caption. Have there ever been any 1:50 models produced of these trucks?

Fabio,

Thanks for the cab ID!
GuyM
Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2016 4:41:09 AM
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Digggerr,

A few models have been built by collectors themselves. The only one I could find easily is this 1:50 model of the IRTEX Ponticelli oilfield truck version:



The real unit:



Sainert used as well a TMU 8x8 in Venezuela. Below, both TMU and DRIVE tow trucks, after they were sold to a local company:





Regards.
Guy
Peter Hofmann
Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2016 10:24:15 AM
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Hi friends,

attached a picture of the model truck Irtex 8x8 in oilfield version in 1/50.
Built from a friend of mine.



Best regards

Peter
GuyM
Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2016 11:23:49 AM
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Very nice model, Peter.

Ponticelli built at least 2 of these IRTEX 8x8 units, as shown on the picture below:



As a bonus, 2 other DRIVE tow trucks, built with a Renault cab, owned by ETAL in Egypt:





According to Egyptrans website (the heavy haulage company using these trucks), the egyptian DRIVE tow trucks are 8x4 units.

Regards.
Guy

Fabio
Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2016 11:28:10 AM

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@ Digggerr

Not at all.

The Renault cabs are used mainly by Nicolas Industrie on the Tractomas.

http://www.nicolas.fr/en/products/road-transport/tractomas.html

Premiun cab (M.Y 1996)



R-series cab(1980 -1996)



Please note: this cab was not new, but it was from Berliet KB 2400 model (1977),



also used by Ford Transcontinental (1975 - 1984)



and Man F8 (1967 - 1987).

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