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Blazely family loves its V8 Mack

FAMILY TREASURE: Ricky Blazely’s 1989 V8 Mack Valueliner has seen some country from hauling triple road train fuel tankers out west to pulling oversize loads between Darwin and Tennant Creek.
FAMILY TREASURE: Ricky Blazely’s 1989 V8 Mack Valueliner has seen some country from hauling triple road train fuel tankers out west to pulling oversize loads between Darwin and Tennant Creek. Contributed

THERE comes a time in a man's life when he needs to be connected with his one true love and for Ricky Blazely that special one is an old 1989 V8 Mack Valueliner.

After being separated for almost a decade, Ricky brought her home just under a year ago.

Ricky's grandfather Peter originally bought the Mack to cart Boral bricks around the Gold Coast but then went on to haul fuel tankers interstate between Brisbane and Sydney.

The old V8 was Peter's pride and joy until he sold it 10 years ago.

"I was pretty dirty with him for selling it," Ricky said.

"I told him I always wanted the truck, I couldn't believe it.

"I didn't think we'd ever see it again."

Two years ago Ricky was coming out of Roma, Queensland, and got pegged by a bloke who recognised the name on the side of his truck.

Ricky’s daughter Alyra, 2, is mad-keen on trucks too.
Ricky’s daughter Alyra, 2, is mad-keen on trucks too.

"We worked out it was my grandfather's old truck and I told the bloke I wanted to buy it back.

"He told me he'd never sell it but took my number anyway."

It was about 12 months ago when Ricky got a phone call to ask if he wanted to buy the Mack.

"Grandad and I went on a bit of an adventure to pick her up from Richmond," he said.

The trucking blood runs thick in the Blazely family with Ricky being the fourth generation to drive trucks.

"My great-grandad started up Blazely's Transport, then my grandfather started Runaway Transport and Dad (Shane) changed it to Runaway Petroleum," he said.

"It's now my pride and joy," he said. "I've got a lot of memories in the truck from when I was a kid.

"Growing up I was always around the trucks."

Ricky said his grandfather was pretty emotional to get the old girl back.

"If you ask him he says he isn't as sentimental as Dad and I," he said.

"Grandad and I kept it a secret from Dad when we got it back.

"I invited him around to my place one afternoon and drove it around from the back of the shed and he had a tear in his eye."

Ricky said the Mack is still all original.

"The engine has been rebuilt and there's a new gearbox in it, but we put it straight back to work," he said.

"It's got 64,000km on the clock at the moment but I'd hate to think how many times it's been around."

The Valueliner saw some countryside after leaving the Blazely's from hauling triple road train fuel tankers out west, pulling oversized loads between Darwin and Brisbane and carting six decks of cattle around Tennant Creek.

"Now I drive it every day for work, carting turf and masonry blocks locally around Brisbane," he said.

The Blazely trucking family tradition is set to continue into the fifth generation with Ricky's two-year-old daughter Alyra mad-keen on trucks too.

"She loves coming for a drive in the truck," he said.

"She hears it start up and runs to the door singing out for me."

Ricky thinks it will be the same with a new edition to the Blazely family due any day now.

Oh, and Ricky said the old girl "cracks pretty well too" when asked how it sounded.

Big Rigs

Topics:  transport, trucks


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