Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

H17 Truck People

Mike & H17

These trucks are monsters and this one is no exception. This is an Hayes HDX that Mike Fitton is standing beside.

Previously I had only seen these trucks in pictures because they are used off highway on private logging roads. Last month Darin Krause, Mike and I decided to come and see the Hayes Trucks 90th Anniversary Truck Show in Port Alberni, BC to see all of the old trucks.

I had him pose next to this truck, little did we know, we’d all have driven it before the end of day.

Trevor Steve & H17

In this picture, Trevor Cameron from Spruce Grove, AB (who brought his nice highway Hayes Clipper) is with Steve Drybrough the owner of this amazing truck, and one of the organizers of the event!

The truck is a 1975 Hayes HDX and it was the last one off of the assembly line. The HDX is on it’s third engine, this one is a 600hp Cat. It is 15’ wide, has a 400 gallon water tank to spray on the brakes (to cool the brake drums), weighs nearly 110,000 pounds empty, and can carry up to 300,000 pounds of logs.

Darin & Pacific

Darin poses in front of a Pacific P16 logging truck. It is probably the equivalent of the HDX and this one is equipped with a Cummins Signature 600hp engine


Here’s the YouTube video with the above people driving H17:

In the best light…


4 responses

  1. Tracy B.

    Is it Wheelchair friendly?


    July 6, 2012 at 10:34

    • Sorry Tracy, the floor of the truck is about 5 feet off of the ground. That would take a really big lift to get up there. The first time I tried to climb up to the cab my foot missed the bottom step and I had to try again, lifting my foot higher!


      July 7, 2012 at 01:13

  2. Peter

    In 2007 I spent 15 days in Port Alberni with a friend – because of these huge logging trucks and to be with Steve and his friends. I had the honor to be a whole day at work with Steve, sitting beside him in H 17 – I also felt very previledged to drive old H 17 . This stay was the experience of my life ! Hi from Peter,Denmark.


    July 14, 2013 at 23:40

  3. Will

    Was out on one of WFP’s sites today and got to see H17 in action again, and had a quick talk with Steve while he posed it for photos. Good to see it still running, and in such good shape. Steve makes sure it is well maintained. Will from Port Alberni


    May 2, 2014 at 21:57

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