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Tacky Folkloric Paintjobs

#331 Post by Esproquet » 15 Aug 2020 09:51

Following the flamenco trucking music post, I found convenient to post some ideas for some tacky paintjobs. I know PC gamers are not likely to listen to folkloric music and follow traditions too much, but if you watch trucks in Spain you'll see a lot of Christian decals and vinyls, especially if they look grim and painful.

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This is a mod, but pretty accurate:
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These decals are quite common, Christ needs to have a suffering look to be accurate:
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This decal is Jesús del Gran Poder (famous in Sevilla)
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This is La Virgen del Rocío (very popular in Andalucía)
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This one is devoted to Camarón de la Isla, the most famous flamenco singer ever.
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Other people put on decals of their children or grandchildren (as opposite to sexy women decals) to remind them what awaits them at home and how family oriented they are. It's rather usual to see their names as well.

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Decades ago, in every petrol station, you could buy music cassettes, there wasn't a big offer, it was mostly folkloric or the biggest pop group of the time. These tapes were bought by travelers (and truck drivers as well) and you could find jewels like these:

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These songs are easy to find on YouTube, I don't know what use you could make of them (of the front covers) other than easter eggs.

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+ Ideas for Easter Eggs: Los Camioneros (TV Series)

#332 Post by Esproquet » 16 Aug 2020 16:54

Los Camioneros
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It was a TV series in Spain about a truck driver named Paco, impersonated by the Spanish successful actor & sex symbol Sancho Gracia at the wheels of a Pegaso, a discontinued national truck company. This series ran for 1 season from 1973 to 1974, it consists of 13 chapters of around 30 minutes runtime, each one treats a different issue, mostly related to trucking but there were side stories as well. This series predates the American "Movin' On" by 1 year and the German "Auf Achse" by 5 years, so it's safe to say it's an original idea.

You can watch it in the archives of the Spanish National Television (you'll probably need a Spanish VPN).
https://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/los-camioneros/

Here's the opening (& ending?) and some random scenes that belong to a random chapter.

This is an old TV magazine with the series on frontpage (only 5 pesetas, that's 0,03€, big deal).
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This is the Spanish DVD box
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This is the German DVD of the series.
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PS: Sancho Gracia was also famous for starring many Eurowesterns (or spaghetti westerns) in the 60s in Tabernas Desert (Almería), one of its last movies is "800 balas" (800 bullets), crazy film.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZMDNoovZg0

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Road Restaurants 1 of 2

#333 Post by Esproquet » 17 Aug 2020 11:40

With an estimated of 1 establishment for every 275 inhabitants, Spain is the country in the world with the most number of bars and restaurants per citizen. Given the long distances between places in some areas, we required settlements along the way. Many of them discontinued, changed owners or activity while others lasted, the oldest ones can be traced in History books for almost 7 centuries. Those places to rest and eat along the road are the focus of this post.

If you see many trucks parked in front of a restaurant, that's some undeniable proof of how good that place is. When driving in modern roads, you'll find pretty standart services and restaurants, sometimes they are franchises with little to no personality, but if you keep driving, especially in secondary roads, you'll find the real deal.

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VENTA
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Ventas are generally humble places, or at least they used to be, with ancient origin, most of them began their activity in the middle ages, you can find them under other names: ventorro or ventorillo. Normally when you visit a venta you are served meat, natural and non-processed, the way people used to eat it in the past. Don't expect to find finesse in these places, just large portions of porc accompanied with local wine at very reasonable prices.

In Valencia:
https://g.page/ventasantjordi?share
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In Teruel:
https://goo.gl/maps/6JfPrGakWCJNv5z19
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In Algeciras (close to Gibraltar)
https://goo.gl/maps/saBtFXzJPEG17E3H7
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In Extremadura:
https://goo.gl/maps/5nReDRQBLx8FZkmP8v
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HOSTAL
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Unlike the ventas, these places provide bedrooms to spend the night. They should indicate if there's a restaurant in the premises (normally there is).

This is an asador (a place where they serve roasted meat).
https://goo.gl/maps/GisYnCt1iSy1YaS3A
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POSADA & PARADOR
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Posadas are places to spend the night, it's a very old word and now has posh consideration, you can find them in small towns, especially in old villages. You can translate them as rural logdes (ALOJAMIENTO RURAL).

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Parador, on the other hand, is a hotel or resort built over an ancient building that may have served a different purpose in the past (like a castle, a monastery or a manor). These places are rather cool and confortable.

Parador de Toledo:
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Parador de Jaén:
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List of paradores nacionales:
https://www.parador.es/en
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Road Restaurants 2 of 2

#334 Post by Esproquet » 17 Aug 2020 17:55

Link with a recommended list of restaurants for truck drivers.
https://www.elespanol.com/reportajes/20 ... 032_3.html

I missed a few things in the last post. Obviously, there's restaurants (RESTAURANTE or RESTAURÁN, as they were called before) and there are hotels. But the traditional Spanish terms are:

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MESÓN
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Traditional restaurant, a French word loan from maison ...

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FONDA
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It's the old term for Hostal. FONDA= hotel as VENTA= restaurant.
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MENÚ DEL DÍA
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This is another concept that is difficult to find outside Spain. Since there are lots of restaurants, there is plenty of competence among the establishments, that added to the tradition of having lunch at home (instead of at the office or else) creates the necessity of attracting clients during the working days. These daily meals are generally valid for lunchtime from Monday to Friday and usually provide 1 entree and one/two main courses to pick among many, drink+bread+coffee+desert, depending on how much they include and their quality they have a price, it has a range between 10 and 15€.

Restaurant owners lay at the restaurant doors boards describing the dishes you can opt to each day.
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Plato del día is only 1 dish + 1 drink.
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Complementary traffic lights & sounds

#335 Post by Esproquet » 18 Aug 2020 07:22

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Red circle: notice these two auxiliar lights to help tourism drivers in the front row, there's no orange. They only have red and green, both are off when the main signal is orange.

Green circle: newer traffic lights have a timer, the duration depends on the lenght of the road. When crossing big avenues & boulevards there's usually an auditory signal to assist blind people, they used to be very noisy but now they became a bit more unconspicuous, new traffic lights incorporate bluetooth so that only visually impaired people can detect these signals.

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Raiway crossing sounds & video

#336 Post by Esproquet » 18 Aug 2020 16:10


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Decoration tips (León & Tarragona provinces)

#337 Post by Esproquet » 19 Aug 2020 11:04

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Las Médulas, in León province
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Location: In the border between Castilla y León & Galicia, https://goo.gl/maps/FKLsBiBWje72iXh69
Nearby roads: some 5 km south of A-6
Relevance: they used to be Roman gold mines and now have cultural and natural value. In 1996 they were declared Cultural Interest Good (BIC), in 1997 Wolrd Heritage Site (UNESCO) and in 2002 a Natural Monument.
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Extra info: http://www.jrcasan.com/lasMedulas/lasmedulas.htm

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Driving around Tarragonan coast
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Tarragonan coast is called Costa Daurada (golden coast in catalan), it's home to the Spanish WRC event and there's plenty of coastal towns, i.e. Salou, Cambrils, Miami Platja and a looooong etc...

A-7 (free) and AP-7 (toll) run very close to each other, some people use AP-7, then A-7, then AP-7 again to pay less when driving in this area. A-7 is being built very slowly, there's A-7 track for over 50 km around the city of Tarragona, from L'Hospitalet de l'Infant to Torredembarra.
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/40.9515 ... m2!4m1!3e0

There's a theme park called Port Aventura, you can spot some high rollercoasters from A-7 and AP-7, they're really close (less than 1 km), maybe you can recycle some prop from Primm if you've got enough space.
https://www.google.com/maps/@41.0997885 ... 384!8i8192

There's an important chemical industry around Tarragona.
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There are also big concrete factories in this area (together with Castellón province)
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https://www.google.com/maps/place/Cemex ... d0.5441666

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Re: Spain pre-research tips

#338 Post by Jatruck » 20 Aug 2020 09:11

Another possible landmark:

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More classic songs about driving

#339 Post by Esproquet » 20 Aug 2020 14:02

This song was widely used in traffic safety ads from the 60s on. It's not as touching as Ecos del Rocío and it's not strictly dedicated to truckers, but anyone whose job is driving. The song is from 1968, but the video from an ulterior release in the 70s.
A todos los conductores, Mi voz sirva de compañía // Al ritmo de los motores // Por vuestras rutas de España // Y le pido a San Cristóbal // Nuestro patrón tan divino // Que con sus manos os guíe // Salvos a vuestros destinos.
To all drivers // let my voice serve as a companion// at the rhythm of the engines // through your Spanish routes // I ask St. Christopher // our so divine patron // that he shall guide you with his hands // safe & sound to your destinations

CHORUS 1
Precaución, amigo conductor. // La senda es peligrosa, // Y te espera tu madre o esposa // Para darte su abrazo de amor.
Caution, my fellow driver // The path is dangerous ahead // your mother or wife are waiting for you // to hug you lovingly

CHORUS 2
Precaución, amigo conductor, Tu enemigo es la velocidad. Acuérdate de tus niños Que te dicen con cariño: No corras mucho papá.
Caution, my fellow driver // Speed is your enemy. // Remember your children // who caringly ask you // don't rush dad.

Pulso firme en el volante. Al peligro desafía. Su lema: siempre adelante Sin descanso noche y día. Pero al fin de la jornada Te esperan con alegría. Y te llenarás de orgullo Al decir: misión cumplida.
Steady hands at the wheel // Defy the dangers // His moto: always ahead // No rest night or day. // But at the end of your day (or journey) // They'll wait for you joyfully // And you'll get prideful // when saying: mission accomplished.

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Homenaje a mi amigo conductor. Es mi cante un homenaje. Le deseo de corazón Buena suerte y buen viaje. Y vaya en gracia de Dios.
Homage to my driver friend. // My singing is a homage. // I heartfully wish you // Good luck and nice trip. // Go in grace of God.[/color]


This song was covered by a very successful Spanish pop group from the early 2000, Estopa. TV ad for road safety starring Estopa and "El Neng de Castefa", a TV character from the mid 2000s, he's like Ali G but with a disco-electronic-music head.
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More classic songs about driving 2

#340 Post by Esproquet » 20 Aug 2020 14:09

(sorry for the double post, I clicked the wrong button)

Another song, also flamenco style, not as famous as the previous one, but devoted to truckers, it's a bit tongue in cheek this song. Licensing won't allow embedded playing, you need to follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W6Xjnyt3Zw
A todo los camioneros ============================= To all truckers
Les dedico mi canción ============================= I dedicate my song
Que recorren toda España ============================= Driving around Spain
Y tienen buen corazón ============================= with their good heart
Si algún soldao les para ============================= If a soldier stops them
Y le hace el auto stop ============================= and tries to hitch-hike
Con la sonrisa en los labios ============================= with a smile in their lips
Con la sonrisa en los labios ============================= with a smile in their lips
Le ofrecen su camión ============================= they'll offer him his truck

A todos los camioneros ============================= To all truckers
Un consejo en mi canción ============================= some advise in my song
Se prudente y corre poco ============================= be cautious and not too fast
Que llegar es lo mejor ============================= getting the destination is the best thing
Si alguna rubia te para ============================= if any blonde (chick) stops you
No aproveches la ocasión ============================= do not take advantage of the situation
Vete derechito a casa ============================= go straight home :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Y que siga la mocita ============================= let the young lady
Practicando el auto stop ============================= keep practicing hitch-hiking

Y si alguno te recuerda ============================= and if someone remembers you
Cuando te vean por la calle ============================= when they see you on the street
Y si alguno te recuerda ============================= and if someone remembers you
Te abrazarán como amigo ============================= they'll hug you as a friend
Por lo que tú hiciste antes ============================= because of that you did for them before
Camionero, camionero. ============================= trucker, trucker

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