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Truck’s polished perfection earns Rig of the Year honours

Chemtech Rig of the Year winner Mark Pailsley and his 2007 Western Star 4800. Photo Contributed
Chemtech Rig of the Year winner Mark Pailsley and his 2007 Western Star 4800. Photo Contributed Contributed

MARK "Probie" Paisley did not expect to win this year's Chemtech Rig of the Year competition.

He joked all his hard work asking people to vote for him paid off - it secured him 58% of the vote.

Thanks to Chemtech, he has won $1000 worth of cleaning gear and could not be happier.

ITW AAMTech marketing communications manager Ramona Culda thanked everyone who entered.

"Chemtech would like to congratulate Mark Paisley for winning the 2012 Chemtech Big Rig of the Year," she said.

"At Chemtech we want to ensure that our range of products help truckies look after their rigs inside and out. Our gutsy range of vehicle care and protection products have been around for over 30 years and are still made right here in Australia.

"We understand a lot of time and effort is spent cleaning and polishing so the competition was started in conjunction with Big Rigs to reward and encourage truckies to show off their rigs with pride. Thank you to everyone who entered the 2012 Chemtech Big Rig of the Year competition and shared their images throughout the year."

Paisley said the 2007 Western Star 4800 that he drove for Hernes Freight Service in Lismore had the standard Hernes colours but featured a few tweaks of his design, including the sign writing of his nickname, more stainless steel accents and extra lights.

"I take pride in my truck," he told Big Rigs.

Mark Paisley's favourite photo of his 2007 Western Star 4800. Photo Contributed
Mark Paisley's favourite photo of his 2007 Western Star 4800. Photo Contributed Contributed

He has been driving the WS for 14 months now and said he was happy with her. "She's got a C15 Cat engine, which I personally think is one of the best to drive. For what I do she is a beautiful truck to drive."

Paisley said the prize would be welcomed and shared with other Hernes drivers, who had helped him shine up the truck for the competition.

"Their products are good because they seem to cut through more of the road grime than other truck washes without leaving a film or residue on the fuel tanks, which seems to extend intervals between polishing. That helps make a hard job that much easier.

"You know they are good products when you see into other drivers' toolboxes and the Chemtech label is usually always visible.

"Having also used injector cleaner I have noticed that it starts easier and seems to idle better as well."

The young truckie has worked for Hernes for three-and-a-half years and is coming up to five in the industry. He started at the young age of 21.

"I drove for another company for 12 months and when I got my trailer licence Stuart Herne put me on, which was good, not many start young drivers."

Where do you get it?

 Chemtech is available from all leading trucking and automotive retailers.

 See chemtech.net.au or call 1800 177 989 for more information on the complete Chemtech product range.

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