Nick happy as No.2
DARWIN’S Nick Hornby is the second best young truck driver in Australia.
Hornby, 28, finished runner-up in Scania’s Young Australian Truck Driver of the year competition behind West Australian Rick Lockwood. The 26-year-old from Perth won the competition by edging out Hornby and 10 other national finalists at a skill and knowledge test at Flemington Racecourse last Saturday.
Lockwood took home $10,000 from Scania, a $5000 travel voucher from Castrol and a Swedish Orrefors crystal trophy.
Hornby, who drives for SK Enterprise at Knuckey Lagoon, won a $3500 travel voucher to Alice Springs for his second-place effort.
He said he was really happy with his second placing which followed on from a top 16 finish in the inaugural competition in 2007 when he was living in Queensland.
‘‘I had been keeping an eye out on the computer for this competition ever since then,’’ Hornby said.
‘‘It’s not only a good test of your skills but you make good friendships from it as well.’’
Hornby has driven a variety of vehicles since becoming a truckie in 2000 but for the SK Enterprise he carries bulk landscaping materials in tippers all around Darwin.
In his bio submitted to competiton organisers, Hornby said he became a truck driver because his father was one as was his grandfather.
‘‘They both told me never to be a truckie but as soon as I finished school I did exactly that— I became a truck driver,’’ Hornby said.
WA’s Lockwood, who also started his truck driving career in 2000, was thrilled to win the award.
‘‘It is quite unbelievable,’’ he said. ‘‘It is very special to receive recognition in an industry which does not give it to very many people.
‘‘I hope I can use my position to help educate young people especially 16 and 17-year-olds about trucks and how to behave around them and support them to be recruited into the industry.’’