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Australian Custom Trucks - - NEWS - - The colour of Chad Wil­liams’ spec­tac­u­lar Western Star 4800FXB

Tak­ing pride in his ride is Chad Wil­liams. Chad works with his dad Kelvin Wil­liams in the fam­ily trans­port busi­ness, Black Hill Trans­port. He was on the North Star Western Star deal­er­ship stand at the New­cas­tle Trans­port Aware­ness day with his new Western Star 4800FXB when ACT caught up with him. Chad is only in his mid-20s but has been driv­ing trucks since 18 and tak­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to up­grade as soon as he pos­si­bly could. At 18 he got his MR, at 19 his HR, at 20 he got his HC and at 21 got his MC and now drives ev­ery­thing down from a B-dou­ble. Grow­ing up Chad says he was al­ways his old man’s right hand man and would go with him ev­ery­where. “Wher­ever he went, I went, he trained me up driv­ing the fork­lift around the yard pretty much since I could walk, then we pro­gressed from there. Fork­lift into a car, and then a car into a truck,” he says. “I was driv­ing B-dou­bles around the yard since I was 13 and back­ing semi-trail­ers since I was eight. I learnt through the ex­pe­ri­ences my dad gave me, he taught me well,” Chad tells ACT. Black Hill Trans­port has nine ve­hi­cles in its fleet rang­ing in sizes from utes to three prime movers rated up to 26-me­tre B-dou­bles. The other prime movers in the fleet are both Sca­nias, a 2002 model and a 2006 model. Chad ad­mits he likes the Amer­i­can style of trucks but con­cedes his fa­ther, Kelvin, leans more to the Euro­pean mod­els for their smooth­ness and com­fort. Both traits Chad says are also in the new Western Star. He says he en­joys the chal­lenges that trans­port in­dus­try of­fers and how the job changes on daily ba­sis. “The job varies each day, one day you may be car­ry­ing a car, the next you could be car­ry­ing chem­i­cals or other dan­ger­ous goods or loaded up with 24 pal­lets of gen­eral freight,” he says. The com­pany is steadily grow­ing with its main de­pot based in Blackhill and another de­pot in Wether­ill Park, in Syd­ney. Chad says the Wether­ill Park de­pot is the base for the com­pany’s ware­hous­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion op­er­a­tion. “From Syd­ney we can go to Mel­bourne or Bris­bane,” he says.

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