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Feature - Selwyn Kirikino's Freightliner Argosy

Te Aoātea

Truck: 2011 Freightliner Argosy

Owner: Selwyn Kirikino

A boom in export logs has seen a plethora of impressive logging trucks go on the road recently and this sparkling new 8x4 Freightliner Argosy is no exception. XT caught up with Selwyn Kirikino, owner and driver, at the recent Rotorua Truck show.

Proudly emblazoned above the visor is the word ‘Te Aoātea’ meaning new beginning; and while Selwyn’s previous truck was impressive this Argosy certainly sets new standards.

Powered by a 550hp Detroit engine coupled to 18 speed roadranger the Argosy is not only set up for economical performance but looks exceptional as well. The truck is currently worked 24 hours – double shifted, Selwyn pilots the Freightliner during the better part of the day.

The truck has been fitted with numerous eXtras including the grille, drop visor, clear indicators and the ‘Argosy Outlaw’ badges which were fitted and made by Greg Biggs of Biggspec Custom Trucks. The stainless skirts above the front wheel guards and 7” mitre cut exhausts and air cleaner scoops were fitted by Willie Malcom of Malcom Cab Solutions in Rotorua. Selwyn fitted the numerous LEDs around the cab including the ones inset on the grille of which all have clear lenses.

The smart purple paintwork, which is a slightly lighter tint than Selwyn’s previous Argosy, was done by Lakeside Paint and Panel . The sharp double pin-striping, graphics and murals were completed by Caulfield Signs and Graphics of Rotorua. The Freightliner pulls a 6.2m Kraft trailer which feature indicators on the bolsters over the entire unit. The combination tares at 15620kg and is set up to take advantage of the new length/weight restrictions. The unit can be seen hauling export logs around the bay mainly from the Kawerau region to the Mount.

Big thanks to Selwyn for giving us the chance to feature his superb Freightliner Argosy and to Elliot Lingman for his time and patience parking it up.

 Photos and Story: Dominic Teahan

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