‘I wanna be a Nolan’s driver’

Dress­ing up like a truckie from a lo­cal trans­port busi­ness made this boy’s day

Big Rigs - - NEWS - Kirstin Payne kirstin.payne@bi­grigs.com.au

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.

“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.”

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

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