Nolan’s Interstate Transport is one of Gatton’s biggest employers, so it’s logical that they would be well represented at Lights On The Hill.
Adrian ‘Tex’ Smith, born and bred in Gatton, is proof of the high esteem that Nolan’s enjoys. Adrian’s grandfather started working for Mick
Nolan as a mechanic when the company was known as Hawck Carrying Co.
“I’m actually third generation,” Adrian explains. “My father drives as well; he’s been here for over 40 years and I’m into my 13th year.”
Adrian drove a two-year-old Kenworth T409 SAR in the convoy, his regular ride. On the grill was a banner bearing the name of his grandfather Robert ‘Smokey’ McColm.
Nolan’s had eight trucks in the convoy, plus another two historic vehicles on show from Mick Nolan’s days – a Ford F600 and a B model Mack. “I brought them down to show where the company has come from and what they started off in,” Adrian says.
“A lot of the younger drivers wouldn’t realise the history off it, and what the older drivers in the industry had to put up with.”
Adrian has been a regular at Lights On The Hill since day one, and lends the committee a hand whenever he can “They’ve done an awesome effort to get it where it is,” he adds.
He believes shifting the event from February to October was a positive move.
“It’s good weather, a bit cooler and a few of us get the long weekend off to just chill out and catch up with old friends that you mightn’t have seen for 12 months, and have a cold beer and tell more stories,” he grins.
“There’s probably more miles done tonight than there ever is on the highway.”