Based in the North Yorkshire village of Kirby Hill, haulage contractors Whincup & Sons was founded in 1989. That date was by no means, owner Brian Whincup’s, first encounter with the business of running trucks; nor with Volvo. “I’ve been in transport all my working life,” Brian reports adding, “I passed my heavy goods driving test on the week of my 21st birthday and had a brand-new Volvo F88-290 to drive for the family firm.”
From there Brian went onto a F10, then an F12, so when he started his own business it was only natural what Brian’s first truck should be; another F12. That Volvo was bought used and initially deployed on traction-only work pulling for European operator, Houseman International, in nearby Harrogate.
Nearly 30 years later and with eight trucks on the road, Whincup & Sons is still loyal to the brand. “I choose Volvo because that’s all I’ve ever known,” Brian declares. “I have tried other manufacturers since, but we always come back to Volvo and the boys won’t have anything else nowadays.”
Tom and Ben Whincup both joined their father’s business during the last 15 years. “They say ‘you run the best’ and that’s it,” Brian continues, “and the Volvos have done us a marvellous job.”
With their own anniversary just around the corner, Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland offered the company a chance to buy an FH 25-Year Special Edition tractor unit and the company jumped at it – and not just because of its livery.
“It’s got everything we want on it as well,” Brian says. Along with the D13K engine rated at 540hp and I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission system, it also features Dynamic Steering. The company now consider these unique Volvo components as part of its standard specification alongside full air suspension and I-Park Cool.
“We do everything from long-haul European work to local, day-to-day general haulage. So the more tools you have in your toolbox the better,” Brian notes.
Brian adds, “These special features stand out from the rest when it comes to re-selling vehicles.” Although that won’t be for a while yet, as the last Volvo truck to leave Whincup & Son’s yard was ten years old! That one did its millionth kilometre coming out of Norway back into Sweden,” Brian recalls and concludes, “it never let us down once during that time so we’re confident this one will live up to the high standard of its predecessor.”