THUMBS UP: Caleb Simmons loves Kenworths so much he has built a cardboard model in his bedroom.
THUMBS UP: Caleb Simmons loves Kenworths so much he has built a cardboard model in his bedroom.

Our biggest little truck fan

IT'S A known fact that almost everybody loves a Kenworth.

But nobody loves them as much as seven-year-old Caleb Simmons, or "Kenworth Caleb” as his friends call him.

The Kenworth Caleb loves most is his dad's "big and strong” 501, so much so he has worked to build his very own model in his bedroom.

Caleb's truck, a 509 with 20 gears - two more than his dad's rig.
Caleb's truck, a 509 with 20 gears - two more than his dad's rig.

"It's a 509, which has more gears than Dad's, there are 20 gears,” he told Big Rigs.

"Before I was talking to you I was making more parts for it with sticky tape.”

As a young truck lover growing up on a remote station in north-west Queensland, Caleb has been able to learn about trucks and livestock transport first-hand.

"Around last year Dad got the 501 and then I really started liking Kenworths,” he said.

"In our closest town they have a company called Hawkins Transport, they have a 509 and it's big and strong.

"They transport our cattle, now we have our big 501 and my dad got me the W900 model for Christmas.”

Caleb
Caleb

Since the purchase of the family truck "Hotel California”, Caleb has become a bit of an expert.

So much so he took the time to teach his School of the Air teacher a thing or two about mechanics.

"I told my teacher the day she was here about the snorkel,” Caleb said.

"She never knew what they were about and I said, you know what they are for, they are how the truck breathes.

"Like if a sheep can't breathe it can't live, same as the truck.”

Though he is a few years off it yet, when Caleb is old enough to get his licence he said he wouldn't mind owning his own 501.

"I would call it the same and have it the same colour as my dad's too,” he said.

"Because I think they are good trucks.

"I would also be a mechanic and fix trucks so then I can learn how to drive them.”

Caleb's Kenworth Truck
Caleb's Kenworth Truck

But for now this country kid has a lot of work to do on the family 501.

"It's really nice to drive inside and we are going to get a big light bar put on it soon,” he said.

"We are also getting a third trailer on them next week down at Julia Creek.

"But I have to look after animals so I can't go.”

Caleb's animals include two pigs, some chooks, a calf, three dogs and two cats.

Quite the responsibility, on top of looking out for his younger siblings.

"I'd like to say that I would love to drive a truck when I am older,” he declared at the end of the interview.

Caleb would also like to say hi to his School of the Air friend Archie, in Year 3.

Caleb Simmons loves Kenworths
Caleb Simmons loves Kenworths
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