Third gen­er­a­tion

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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.”

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