Life at the end of the road

June 13, 2010

ZIL 131

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 3:47 pm

After a good nights sleep here at Rockness 2010, a breakfast that did not include any ‘Pot Noodle’s’ and a wee glass of red wine to get me ‘in the mood’ I set off to empty the toilet 😦 A task that, were it not for the thought of actually having to use a festival toilet would be quite unpleasant. However the fact that I have as yet not suffered the indignation of one of these stinking blue Tardis like contraptions that  are dotted about the venue with their inevitable queues is enough to make it an almost enjoyable 🙂 Not only that but the journey took me past a couple of interesting Land Rovers.

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And judging by the Australian flag he could well be a Pendulum fan 🙂

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Now the Landy might have been a very capable machine but this ZIL 131 ex Russian army 6×6 was a serious truck at almost 7 tons with a 6lt V8 petrol engine I hope they did not drive far 🙂

  • Cab Design: Forward Engine
  • Seating Capacity (cab): 3
  • Payload: 5000 kg plus trailer 5000 kg (on road), or 3,500 kg plus trailer 4000 kg off road.
  • Suspension: solid axles with leaf springs.
  • Engine: V8 gasoline (carburetor)
  • Displacement: 5,969 cc (bore 3.94", stroke 3.74")
  • Compression Ratio: 6.5:1.
  • Top speed: 80 km/h
  • Brakes: drums, with pneumatic control.
  • Stopping distance (at 35 km/h): 40 ft (12 m)
  • Length: 23 ft 1 in (7.04 m)
  • Width: 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) (cab)/ 9 ft 9 in (2.97 m) (transport body)
  • Wheel base: 10 ft 10 in (3.30 m)+4 ft 7 in (1.40 m)
  • Track front/rear: 6 ft (1.83 m)/5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
  • Tire measures: 12.00×20
  • Maneuverability: turning circle 33’5.6", approach angle 36 deg., departure angle 40 deg., max. ascent angle 31 deg (with 3,750 kg (8,267 lb) load)., ground clearance 13 in (330 mm), overcome ford 4 ft 7 in (1.40 m)
  • Curb weight: 6700 kg
  • Tires: 305R20
  • Tire Pressure: 7.1-60 p.s.i.(controlled).
  • Fuel tanks: 2×45 gal.
  • Fuel economy: 3.6 mpg-US (65 L/100 km; 4.3 mpg-imp) (city), 150 to 200 liters/100 km (cross-country).
  • transmission: 5 m, 2-speed transfer case



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Eventually, after more wine, having my nails done (probably as a result of the wine) and a Pot Noodle we headed off to the main stage to watch Alabama 3 who aren’t from Alabama and are certainly more than 3. It’s difficult to put this band into any kind of pigeon hole, I have none of their records and only ever listen to their music at festivals. Having said that I’ve seen them loads of times and they always put on an amazing show


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A sort of ‘country and western’ meets ‘acid house’ they seem to love playing in Scotland, probably because of the enthusiasm with which they are met.

Our next stop was the Rizla arena for an audience with the Ragga twins,

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the phrase ‘not really my thing’ springs to mind but they were actually excellent and we got stuck in there for about an hour.

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Met lots of interesting people 🙂 and reluctantly left to go and watch two of Scotland’s finest play the ‘Arcadia Afterburner’. The duo of Graham Readie and Craig Morrison that are Silicone Soul were just coming on and I heard the unmistakable intro to one of the tracks of their ‘Save our Souls’ album pounding through the air.

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It was a bit of a tight squeeze in the DJ booth so Craig did the first hour followed by Graham, but we only caught around 15 mins of his set before heading to see the Club75 DJs in Annie Mac’s tent.

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The Belgian Duo ‘2 Many DJs’ were banging out a mash up of tunes in their distinctive style as we passed the main stage but we didn’t linger, I’ve seen them a few times and whilst they’re undoubtedly good I wanted to check out the French collective of Club75.

Half an hour was enough and we headed back to the caravan for a wee rest and glass of wine before the main reason for our the visit.

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The mighty ‘Leftfield’ who I’ve been waiting to see again for ten years, a band so loud that they once brought down the ceiling of the Brixton Academy with their awesome sound system. Suitably armed with ear plugs wifey and parked ourselves against the crash barrier in front of the wall of speakers and waited, waited for the ground to start vibrating. We were not disappointed, they did not keep the crowd waiting long before hammering into ‘Black Flute’ then a catalogue of their hits that could probably be heard in Invergarry.

After almost 90 mins at several hundred decibels without damaging any internal organs or suffering a nosebleed we headed off once the encore of Phat planet  was over.

Calling at the ‘Arcadia Afterburner’ to listen to Green Velvet pumping out a blistering set before heading home to our wee caravan. That was last night and I’ve not been outside since as it’s been pishing with rain since the early hours :-(  


  1. I’m not going to ask about painting your toenails. Or fingernails for that matter 😀

    Nice shade though, which one is it?

    Comment by Helen — June 14, 2010 @ 7:00 am

    • Hi Helen,
      not sure what shade the nail varnish was, my mother in law was wearing it when I picked her up off the bus to watch the croft. It was the first thing I noticed and begged her to borrow some 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 14, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

  2. Someone is excited at that russian truck! Ragga Twins are hilarious, glad you enjoyed them. Didnt make it any further than Mallaig last week due to gorgeous weather and sandy beaches!

    Comment by Simon — June 14, 2010 @ 8:45 am

    • Hi Simon,

      Just love that truck though I wouldn’t like to fill it up with ‘unleaded’ 😦 The Ragga twins were indeed a pleasant surprise and had the crowd in hysterics 🙂 Mallaig must have been beautiful last week, wifey and I looking forward to a few days down there in July.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 14, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

  3. I suppose you’ll be wanting one of those Zil things now then.(smiley)Well blue makes a change from the pink you wore last year, just makes your toes look mouldy.(another smiley)
    That’s a pretty cool rig you have with your van and box. Bet you had a whale of a time.

    Comment by Rienza — June 14, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

  4. Glad you’re having a great time, mate. Nice post. Keep ’em coming!….Heading your way with new caravan in September…… 😉

    Comment by lloyd — June 14, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

    • Hi Lloyd,

      new caravan!!! what you got rid of the Thomson 😦 next you’ll be insisting on ‘electrical hook up’ 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 15, 2010 @ 7:01 pm

  5. Hi Paul,
    You are one up on me as, sadly, I have never heard of Pendulum but I will have a listen to your links when I get the chance.

    I can’t imagine the thought of coming face to face with the Zil on Callums Road though!

    Comment by Iain - down under — June 14, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

    • Hi Iain,

      Can’t imagine coming face to face with a ZIL anywhere 🙂 you would almost certainly come off worse. Apparently Pendulum don’t have much of a following in their native land so they’ve relocated to the UK.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 15, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

  6. Mick says if you buy a Zil he’ll come and look after your pigs for a week if he can drive it. I’ll come too if you let me have a drive.
    Well 6 months later your nail varnish still looked pink. Ah, you re-applied it didn’t you? Little tinker.

    Comment by Rienza — June 15, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

    • Morning R+M,

      I think a ZIL would look luvverly in white outside your house instead of Rienza 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 16, 2010 @ 6:29 am

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