A genuine character of the industry in the tropics, Brian Kelly is the only truckie I have interviewed who says he “loves scalies”.
Some years back Dave Homburg owned 19 trucks, but these days the friendly owner-operator runs just one – a 2008 Western Star 4800 series 60.
Parked beside each other at a roadhouse in north Queensland were truckies Michael Mills, Bevan Mobbs, Jake Fiedler and Shane Warne.
It was a great surprise to catch up with our old friend Leigh Phillips, from Saint Arnaud in Victoria, at Kempton, in company with Dwayne McDonald, promoter for the Red Hot Summer Tour.
It is always a pleasure to catch up with women driving professionally, and so it was when Amber Brosnan (Sarah Brosnan’s daughter) rolled in, driving a schmick Dave Richards Contracting’s 2012 Western Star Constellation with a Series 60 up front.
Stopping over for lunch at Kempton, we were thrilled to meet up with Joel Clements from Legana out the back when he called in, keeping company with fellow truckie Bruce Clifford for a refreshment break.
Passing through Kempton we made our way through the extensive renovations to the 24-hour Caltex Truckstop and Roadhouse and were fortunate to catch up with Bruce Clifford from Legana.
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“I’ve been here with Norton’s for nine and a half years now, and I reckon they are a great outfit to work for, in fact they are such a good mob that the only way a job ever comes up here is if someone dies!” said Wayne Anderson from Burnie.
Well things are surely progressing apace with the renovations at Mood Food, the 24-hour Truckstop at Kempton, and it was great to catch up with Peter Smith from Geilston Bay, who had recently fuelled up at the new dedicated diesel area, while he was enjoying a break there on a rather cool summer’s day.