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.