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Brothers inspired to follow dad

Sharp and modern looks coupled with a comfortable cabin and powerful driveline - the Patterson brothers love their Stralis ATIs.
Sharp and modern looks coupled with a comfortable cabin and powerful driveline - the Patterson brothers love their Stralis ATIs. Bob Gould

COMPANY director Ian Patterson has spent around 40 years in the industry, starting his career in the workshop before transitioning into driving and more recently in management roles.

Things have now almost come full circle with Ian again spending time behind the wheel assisting his sons Callum, 22, and Devon, 20, operate two Iveco Stralis 6x4 ATi rigids around Brisbane for leading logistics company, Mainfreight.

Ian said there were good opportunities for young drivers to earn an excellent income driving trucks, especially as owner-drivers.

Both Callum and Devon were kept busy servicing the greater Brisbane area with occasional country trips.

Callum spent three years as a forklift operator at Mainfreight, where he learnt valuable skills about loading trucks and load restraint and positioning, before making the transition to driving.

Younger brother Devon was at university when Ian came home from work one day in the Stralis.

He liked the look of the truck and decided there and then that driving was more appealing than years in the lecture theatre.

For the record, both Callum and Devon are paying off their trucks through the business, so there's no easy ride for them.

Ian now spends his time rotating between the two trucks assisting the boys on longer days.

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