Coffee table book to commemorate Kenworth

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 8, 2020

In the early 1960s, New Zealand Forest Products Ltd in Tokoroa was looking for suitable replacements for its iconic fleet of International logging trucks. In 1964, two 848 model off-highway Kenworths were finally put to work hauling logs to the Kinleith mill, and so started New Zealand’s love affair with the legendary Kenworth brand.

Shortly thereafter, three L924 model Kenworths arrived in Wellington to work for Wilkins and Davies Ltd. Over the next 31 years, nearly 1000 various model Kenworth trucks arrived to ply the nation‘s highways and byways.

Edwin Mansell, Grant Gadsby and Paul Livsey have embarked on their next literary endeavour to encapsulate the photographic history of the ownership of these trucks over that 31-year period. 

The Kenworth book is another in their series of trucking books and follows on from the successful sell-out of the Mack 1000 book (which will be published in 2022 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the start of building Mack Trucks in Palmerston North by Ron Carpenter‘s Motor Truck Distributors).

With an approximate price of $150 + postage, it is envisaged that the Kenworth book will be published in 2023 to commemorate Kenworth‘s centenary of manufacture. With 500 copies already sold, now is the time to place your order for this 500-page coffee table style book. It will be the perfect partner for the Mack book in your collection.

Email Ed, Grant or Paul to advise your interest in this once-in-a-lifetime Kenworth pictorial history.