Harry's truckie costume: 'I want to be just like them!'
WHEN you think of a Book Week costume, most of the ones that come to mind are superheroes, fairy tale characters or the classics like Harry Potter, Tin-Tin and Where's Wally.
But nine-year-old Harry Maher, who lives in Bellingen in New South Wales, took his Book Week costume very seriously - dressing up as his hero John "Beetle" Bailey, a truckie who worked for Lindsay Brothers.
John wrote a book about his life as a truckie - Two Lifetimes Behind the Wheels and has been inducted into the National Transport Hall of Fame.
It's his book - and Harry's great grandfather "Yappy", his grandfather and his father who all drove trucks for the Coffs Harbour-based business - that inspired Harry to dress up as a truckie.
He said he wanted to be a truck driver when he grew up.
"I want to be just like them when I grow up!"
When Big Rigs asked Harry just what it was that he loved about trucks, he answered: "Everything!"
Harry loved riding in trucks and said it was "all fun but blowing the horn was the best part!"