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All posts by Charleen Clarke

My friends call me a glomad (a global nomad lest you don’t get it). That’s a particularly apt word, because I am always trawling all corners of the globe, looking for stories. As a result, I have slept in some seriously strange places – on a bed of ice in the Arctic circle, on the floor in a traditional Japanese hotel, on the sand dunes in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan … and even on the floor of a Thai cargo ship. Mostly however I tend to sleep on aircraft (if I had a dog, he would bark at me when I eventually come home). I am passionate about trucks, cars, travel, food, wine, people and hugs – so I write about all these things. Except the hugs.

Snap on target

Sep 12, 2018No Comments

Regular readers of this column will recall that I visited ZF, in Friedrichshafen, Germany, last month in order to attend the company’s Technology Day. We

Face to face with Claes Nilsson!

Aug 15, 2018No Comments

We have launched an all-new series in FOCUS, entitled Face to Face, in which we interview captains of industry. This time around, CHARLEEN CLARKE goes

MAN to wow visitors at IAA

Aug 15, 2018No Comments

I have just returned from Berlin, where MAN gave journalists an exclusive preview into what the company has up its Bavarian sleeve for this year’s


A sweet deal!

Check out this blinged-up bakkie!

Aug 15, 2018No Comments

If you don’t do bling, you will hate this new bakkie. CHARLEEN CLARKE, on the other hand, absolutely adores it. A couple of decades ago,

Driving the future

Jul 10, 20181 Comment

Recently, along with the rest of the jury members on the International Truck of the Year (ITOY) judging panel, I was invited to Sweden to

Iveco opts for girl power!

Jul 10, 2018No Comments

Iveco is returning to the European Truck Racing Championship this year with a female driver! Her name is Steffi Halm. She’s 33 years old, hails

Ford tackles Seven Sisters

Jul 10, 2018No Comments

The so-called “Seven Sisters” (the seven established European brands, namely Mercedes-Benz, MAN, Iveco, Renault, Scania, DAF and Volvo) could be in for a wake-up call

Face to face with MAN’s Markus Geyer!

Jul 09, 2018No Comments

We’re launching an all-new series in FOCUS called Face to Face, in which we will interview captains of industry. In the first instalment within the

Who needs a steering wheel?

Jul 06, 2018No Comments

FOCUS has just returned from Friedrichshafen, Germany, where we have seen the future of trucking … and it looks utterly fascinating! We were invited to

South Africans are trucking heroin!

Jul 06, 2018No Comments

South African truckers are playing a key role in the distribution of heroin. This has emerged in a report by ENACT* The report – authored