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April Feature

Neil and Joanne Wood of Bombay became the first to put a LoneStar on the road in New Zealand. We caught up with Neil's son, Ryan, driver of the retro styled rig.

When Navistar International released the Lonestar in 2008 it received attention for its radical styling. The sleek retro design possibly divided some truck enthusiasts and the question remained whether it would be seen on New Zealand roads. Early in 2013 Intertruck Distributors (NZ) Ltd imported the first Lonestar into the country in time for the transport expo at Mystery Creek. Still in left hand drive the truck headlined the International display and generated considerable interest. Shortly after the Expo the truck was converted to right-hand drive at the Intertruck assembly plant in Mount Maunganui.

Neil and Joanne Wood took ownership of the Lonestar in October 2013. The truck is factory spec apart from the cool looking 7" mitre cut exhausts which were fitted by Intertruck Distributors (NZ). Neil liked the paint scheme so much he decided to keep it and plans to have his growing fleet painted the same way.

Under the hood is a MaxxForce 13-litre six-cylinder turbo which puts out 500hp. Ryan says fuel economy has been good since the engine was remapped due to high revving and is now averaging 2.5 kilometres per litre. The truck and trailer sport Transfleet engineered bins with the tare weight of the unit @15500kg, which means good payloads at the maximum limit of 45 ton.

With its ergonomically designed cab, clean dash layout (with nice features like controls on the steering wheel), aerodynamic stainless mirrors, great visibility and easy tilt of the hood the Lonestar offers more than just bold styling. With 54,0000ks now on the clock Ryan says it drives and rides well.

The truck hauls mainly aggregates, top soil and clay around the greater Auckland area. Thanks to Neil, Joanne and Ryan for allowing XT to feature their great looking rig. With it's unique styling and well-appointed features the truck is sure to turn heads for many years to come.

Specs & Details

International Lonestar

Owner Neil and Joanne Wood, N & J Wood Limited

Based Bombay, Auckland

Eng/Trans 13-litre MaxxForce six-cylinder turbo 500hp,  Eaton-Fuller 18 Speed manual

Other Transfleet engineered bins and trailer


Article and photos: Simon Teahan


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