After a bit of flying aircraft and spaceships, we’re back on terra-firma and driving trucks for a while. Since my last fleet reviews for American and Euro Truck, I have made a couple of changes. In American Truck I decided that I would move over to the updated version of the FLB. This was a good decision as they have fixed an issue with the advanced trailer coupling so that it now works correctly. Unfortunately the change meant fitting a 455HP version of the Caterpillar 3406e in place of the 435HP C-15 and also a change of colors. So Autumn Gal now looks like this…

With the Kenworth K100 sold I decided to try another truck that is available as a free mod. This is the Mack Ultraliner and it’s made by Cyrus the Virus. Firstly let me say that this truck is very much a work in progress and there are some little quirks and glitches the most amusing of which is watching the gauges reload when you turn the lights on! A number of the gauges are not working yet or are duplicated and the clock in the centre of the dash is right twice a day 😉

There’s something about the build of the dash and the external appearance of the truck that makes me think of 1960’s Brutalist Architecture despite the fact that production started in 1982! It certainly doesn’t share the classic lines of the FLB.

However, this truck does drive very nicely and the Mack E9 V8 engine sounds marvellous! So I think this one is a keeper 🙂 We’ll see how Cyrus gets on with improving the mod over time.

Over in Europe I tried everything I could to love the Mercedes-Benz Actros. I changed the gearbox, tried different colourschemes but in the end I had to let her go. I just couldn’t get comfortable with the way that the console wrapped around – it kept making me feel that I was sitting at an angle to the gauges in the centre of the dash even when I clearly wasn’t. Weird 😦 Her final appearance was in yellow…

To replace her I bought an Iveco Hi-Way of which more in a future post. Here she is in the dealer supplied orange colours – she won’t be in those for long!

Today being 23rd April and St. George’s Day I think Parade is a good subject for Cee’s B&W Challenge this week.

Mill Hill School Combined Cadet Force affiliated to the Regiment of Fusiliers.

1st Finchley Scout Troop – Beavers leading.

1st Finchley Scouts – the young lady left of centre has recognised me as has the Scout Leader – I was an active leader of the Cubs and Scouts for a while but had to take a break due to a health issue – I’m hoping to return more regularly this summer 🙂

The normal Ryman Football League season ends with today’s matches and brings to a close one of the strangest seasons I can recall. Both ends of the table see teams bunched together on similar numbers of points, especially at the bottom. I don’t think we’ve ever gone into the last match with only 2 relegation spots confirmed out of the 4. And things are so tight amongst the lower teams that it has become a perm any 2 from 6 situation!

I recall chatting with the Metropolitan Police’s kit man Chris only 6 weeks ago and the prognosis then was that 52 points were needed to stay up. Recent results have left 3 teams in the relegation battle with 53 points including the Met! It seems that the safety line was 54 points this season which is unprecedentedly high. Chris is a friend so I wish the Met luck today.

Sitting in the prime relegation spots to join already relegated Grays Athletic and AFC Sudbury, are Canvey Island and Burgess Hill Town. Both have games that on a good day they’d expect to win but it’s out of their hands because if they do win they’re still reliant on the results of the matches involving the teams immediately above them. It feels a little strange to see Grays and Canvey in this position as both are battling sides that normally can be found in the upper mid-table. Putting the final nail in Grays coffin fell to us on the 1st April but, in truth, they were already gone. It was a sad day but despite their woes they brought along a good loyal following of fans – Respect!

The top end of the table see’s the automatic promotion spot still undecided with Havant & Waterlooville currently in the box seat having knocked Bognor Regis Town off the spot in a derby between the two sides last Saturday. The roles could still be reversed again depending upon results for the sides today and it will be interesting to see who takes the league title and who gets the poisoned chalice of the top playoff spot.

The remaining play-off slots are occupied by Dulwich Hamlet, Enfield Town and ourselves, Wingate & Finchley. Dulwich are safe with 77 points. The two spots below the playoffs are occupied by Leiston and Needham Market – both of whom have been in the top 5 at times with Needham occupying a playoff position for much of the season.

At this end of the table the permutations are simple – if we get a point or win against Dulwich who we play today then we are in the playoffs. If we lose then it depends on Leiston’s result – they need a win to have a chance to overtake us. Needham are unlikely to challenge for a playoff spot now – they would need to win and overturn a goal difference of 8 which is a ‘mathematical possibility’ that will get you very long odds at the bookies! So we know what we have to do – let’s get out there and do the business…

#Enemyfor90 – ex-W&F Skipper Marc Weatherstone backs into W&F frontman Rob Laney – the two are good friends off the pitch and will meet in todays final match of the season.

C’mon you Blues!