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'I wanna be a Nolan's driver'

LIKE OUR HEROES: Kaleb White, 7, was proud to be a Nolan's Transport driver for his dress-up day at school.
LIKE OUR HEROES: Kaleb White, 7, was proud to be a Nolan's Transport driver for his dress-up day at school.

MEET aspiring Nolan's Interstate Transport driver Kaleb White from Gatton State School.

Like the other children on school dress-up day, Kaleb wanted to go as one of his heroes.

Not as a spaceman, not as a firefighter but as a truckie, proudly donning the high-vis yellow.

Kaleb said he simply loved trucks.

"I like them because they are big - but I don't like any trucks, I like big trucks," the seven-year-old explained.

"I like the Nolan's Macks."

Like a number of young Gatton boys, Kaleb has watched many of the beautifully adorned Nolan's fleet drive past his doorstep.

And he was understandably excited when he eventually became friends with a real-life Nolan's driver.

"Adrian, my friend, is an interstate truck driver for Nolan's," he explained.

"Adrian told me that Macks are just Volvos, just with big fat tummies.

"I also like Macks because sometimes they come with a big comfy double bed," he said.

His own truck, constructed by his mother Tammy Heathcote, was based on a Nolan's Mack.

Reinforced with cardboard, paint, pom poms and a few fabulous Paddle Pop sticks, the rig was the hit of the playground.

"Everyone was just coming over to me saying how did your mum do that, how did she make that, how does it feel?" Kaleb said proudly.

"There were no other trucks there.

"But one of my pom poms fell off - I found out when I came home from school."

Luckily, despite driving without a headlight, he escaped the hawkish gaze of TMR.

Kaleb said one of the things he most looked forward to about being a truck driver was the opportunity to drive through floodwater.

"Trucks are big enough to drive through little floods, they are up high," he explained.

Kaleb did, however, admit he may need a little training before anyone was willing to hand over the keys.

"My dad says I can't do long trips because I always fall asleep, but I say yes," he said.

 

MEET OUR BIGGEST LITTLE TRUCK DRIVER

"Usually people say you need to go to special truck schools to learn."

Tammy, Kaleb's mum, said she was extremely appreciative of the Nolan's staff who lent a shirt and cap to make a little boy's day.

"They are lovely, lovely people, friendly and generous," Tammy said.

"When we were leaving we asked if they would still be around when he can drive, so he could be a Nolan's driver too."

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