Kids today are apparently all about showing up to prom in the most outrageous and/or ridiculous wheeled machinery available. For them, a 47-foot-long HUMMER H2 with spinners, multiple LCD television screens, and room for several couples is probably deemed to be merely acceptable. In the UK, Bethany Farrow's classmates would be arriving in a wacky variety of vehicles -- limos, a police cruiser, and even a riot van (all the better to cart the destined-to-be-unruly teens to the clink after an evening of rowdy festivities, we suppose).
Bethany wanted in on the action, but wasn't down with the pedestrian approach. A limo wouldn't do, you see. She wanted to roll up in her dad's gargantuan Volvo NH12-480 big rig, instead. So she did, much to the delight of her assembled friends, according to Volvo, who actually issued a press release on this. (How else do you think we found out?) Anyway, we do like the whole "going to prom in a big rig" idea. American teens, it's time to show the kids across the pond how it's done. The first one of you to arrive at Prom 2008 in a Kenworth K100 blasting the theme from B.J. and the Bear over the stereo wins. "Legend" status automatically achieved if you also have a chimpanzee with you. No, not as your date...
(If you don't know from B.J. and the Bear, the Internet is your friend. Start clicking.)
YOU SHALL GO TO THE BALL – IN A VOLVO NH12-460!
Mark Farrow, of Great Yarmouth-based MDF Transport, has found an unusual use for a Volvo truck – or at least his daughter has. Other girls go to the school prom in limousines these days but, for 16-year-old Bethany, nothing would do, but an NH12-480 plated (rather excessively for such a svelte load) at 140 tonnes.
When Mark bought the truck from Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia at Wisbech some four years ago, he was more interested in its mechanical properties. "We needed a double-drive truck at the time and this one happened to be available; it had just been sold by an owner in Holland at about a year old. It's good for the company image and it gives a very comfortable ride." When prom time arrived, however, image was everything. Others would be arriving in police cars, limos, even a riot van, but Bethany Farrow wanted something a bit bigger...
"The truck was so busy at the time, I couldn't see how she could have it for the prom," Mark says, remembering the heavy schedule of deliveries; the NH12 is used on abnormal loads work, often transporting 50 metre long wind turbine blades. "I offered to hire a stretch limo for her. I told her it'd be easier to get hold of a helicopter for the night !"
But she insisted, even when I told her I'd have to send her an invoice !" Luckily, though, a couple of days for cleaning and servicing coincided with the big night, and Cinderella Farrow was off to the ball.
When the truck showed up at local venue Hunter's Hall, it caused quite a stir. "Kids were all round it, having their picture taken, saying they'd no idea how good it looked," laughs Mark. Not that the truck outshone Bethany, of course. And, unlike her brother, she has no plans to work closely with the NH12 in future. "She's going back for A-Levels," says Mark proudly, "and then college. She wants to be a lawyer !"