Trucking Writer Steve Sturgess Passes Away - Fleet Management

Trucking Author Steve Sturgess Passes Away – Fleet Administration

Steve Sturgess was with Heavy Responsibility Trucking for 18 years.

Photographs: HDT Archives

Effectively-known trucking author Steve Sturgess has died. He labored for Newport Communications, then-publisher of Heavy Responsibility Trucking, from 1993 – 2011, most lately as govt editor of HDT.

After incomes a Bachelor of Science diploma in mechanical engineering in London in 1970, Sturgess found he loved writing about automobiles and vehicles greater than designing them. He finally made his option to Canada after which the USA. All through his profession he wrote for a lot of completely different trucking publications, each U.S. and overseas. Since HDT and Sturgess parted methods in 2011, he has been printed in U.S. and international trucking publications comparable to Diesel Progress, Transporte Latino, Australia’s Diesel Journal, and NZ Truck & Driver.

A licensed business driver, Sturgess was identified for his in-depth information of vehicles and gear, and for insider data gleaned from his relationships within the truck trade. All through his profession he carried out street exams of recent vehicles and sat down with design engineers afterward to debate the great and the dangerous.

“Steve Sturgess was comfy speaking vehicles with anybody — from drivers to mechanics to designers to entrepreneurs…and firm executives from all around the world,” stated Doug Condra, who was president of Newport Communications throughout Sturgess’ time with the corporate. “And he did it with allure, class and his personal model of British wit. These qualities additionally earned him the  admiration and friendship of fellow journalists, together with his rivals.”

HDT Senior Contributing Editor Jack Roberts, who acquired to know Sturgess when Roberts was a younger author at one other trucking publication, recalled that “Steve was unfailingly beneficiant along with his information, sharing secrets and techniques and at all times giving pleasant recommendation or ideas of the commerce to youthful journalists.”

HDT Gear Editor Jim Park first grew to become acquainted with Sturgess by the Letters to the Editor web page in one other Newport publication, RoadStar. Sturgess was editor of the publication for drivers and owner-operators within the Nineteen Nineties, and Park was a truck driver and a prolific letter-writer.

“Steve answered a lot of my missives,” he recalled. “After I joined the trucking commerce press corps in 1998, Steve … remembered me as that letter author and made a degree of welcoming me to the press corps, saying, ‘I am in no way shocked to see you right here. You may do properly.’”

Sturgess gained various Jesse H. Neal Awards — the very best journalism prize within the enterprise press —throughout his time with Newport, together with being a part of the crew that gained the Grand Neal Award in 2009 for a particular theme situation, Gasoline Disaster Survival, printed in June 2008 as trucking struggled with sky-high gasoline costs.

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