‘Yogi’ scores award:

Glenn Ken­dall wins Sca­nia Driver Comp

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GLENN ‘YOGI’ Ken­dall has emerged as the win­ner in the truck cat­e­gory of the 2016 Sca­nia Driver Com­pe­ti­tion in front of 11 other highly com­pet­i­tive con­tes­tants.

The Sca­nia Driver Com­pe­ti­tion was held at the Sandown Race­course in Victoria, where the 12 fi­nal­ists, cho­sen from hun­dreds who ini­tially en­tered, were put through a se­ries of chal­leng­ing skills tests, as well as ques­tion­naires and me­dia in­ter­views.

The skills tests in­cluded re­vers­ing a Sca­nia G480 with a Freighter cur­tain­sider into ‘The Garage’, plac­ing the front driver’s side wheel di­rectly over ‘The Hole’, squeez­ing be­tween two ‘Oil Bar­rels’, lin­ing the Sca­nia’s front up with ‘The Bulls­eye’, back­ing into the ‘Load­ing Dock’, ‘Knock­ing The Pipes’, driv­ing for­ward and back over ‘The Plank’, and the ‘Straight Re­verse’.

In ad­di­tion, there was the tricky ‘Slalom’ course, the Sca­nia G480 ‘B-dou­ble Re­vers­ing’, and the 20-minute ‘Road Drive’ around the neigh­bour­ing sub­urbs.

Glenn is no stranger to the lime­light, hav­ing ap­peared in the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel’s Out­back

Truck­ers se­ries, as well as fea­tur­ing in Alice Mabin’s re­cent hardcover book, The Driver.

As an owner-driver, he op­er­ates

Ken­dall Truck­ing out of Katan­ning in West­ern Aus­tralia.

Run­ner-up was Cameron Henry from Terang, Victoria, fol­low­ing up from his sec­ond plac­ing in the 2014 Sca­nia Driver Com­pe­ti­tion. Scott Sa­vory was an­other fa­mil­iar face. Run­ning his own com­pany Sav­trans out of Perth, Scott was a fi­nal­ist in the in­au­gu­ral Sca­nia Driver com­pe­ti­tion in 2007.

In re­ceiv­ing his award from Sca­nia Aus­tralia’s brand and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, Ron Szulc, the nor­mally talk­a­tive Glenn was “nearly lost for words”.

“It’s an ex­cel­lent prize to win, and I’m very ex­cited to have pulled it off,” he says. “I re­ally am speech­less.”

All three had is­sues with the B-dou­ble back­ing, although Glenn ad­mits that the slalom was the tough­est part of the skills’ course.

“I got the slalom wrong, but I thought I’d con­quered a few things, got a few things wrong, and I prob­a­bly didn’t back close enough to the load­ing dock,” he says.

Cameron agreed with the Glenn’s as­sess­ment of the slalom.

“It’s tougher than it looks,” he says. “The B-dou­ble back­ing, there’s heaps of room there to do it, but to get it per­fect is a good ef­fort.

“The the­ory test does test your abil­i­ties be­cause some of the ques­tions are quite curly. But over­all, it’s just keep­ing your eye on the ball all day.”

How­ever, it was driv­ing the roads around the Sandown track’s sub­urbs that proved some con­cern for Scott.

“The hard­est thing with the road drive is just not be­ing fa­mil­iar with where you ac­tu­ally are,” he says.

“The speed lim­its here are a bit

quicker than what the equiv­a­lent road would be in Perth, so you au­to­mat­i­cally drive to what you’re used to.

“So most of those roads would be a 60 or 70km/h road, whereas here they’re an 80km/h road.”

All three agreed that the ex­pe­ri­enced gained from com­pet­ing in the event is just as im­por­tant as com­ing out on top. As well, there’s the pos­i­tive light it shines on the road trans­port in­dus­try in gen­eral.

“I re­ally en­joyed it; I liked the chal­lenge, and it’s some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent away from your work­ing day,” Scott says. “Ac­tu­ally meet­ing all these guys, and the peo­ple in Sca­nia, I think it’s great.

“Sca­nia should be thanked and recog­nised be­cause per­son­ally I’m not a Sca­nia cus­tomer, but they still give you the op­por­tu­nity to come and par­tic­i­pate, which I think is ex­cel­lent.”

“That’s a big ele­ment, meet­ing

“It’s nice to meet peo­ple who are gen­uinely pas­sion­ate about the in­dus­try”

the other driv­ers,” Cameron adds. “There are a lot around who do it for a job and that’s it, so it’s nice to meet peo­ple who are gen­uinely pas­sion­ate about the in­dus­try.”

“Whether you go to a Con­voy for Kids or you go to a truck show and shine your truck up and look good, there are things to push pos­i­tives in the in­dus­try, and this is one of them,” Glenn says. “So we’ll be telling every­one how good it is and how much of a good time it is.”

As far as the scor­ing was con­cerned, Ron Szulc says there was lit­tle dif­fer­ence be­tween the top and bot­tom.

“I thought per­son­ally the level of driv­ing was bet­ter than two years ago, which means we’re im­prov­ing,” he says. “Also, the peo­ple that are here have made it to the fi­nal for a rea­son, so they’re bet­ter than most that are out there.”

All three placeget­ters re­ceived Coles vouch­ers, di­vided into a $5000 prize for the win­ner, $3000 the run­ner-up, and $2000 for third place.

tight Thumbs up for a bar­rel squeeze

is on Scott Wal­ton The spot­light in­ter­view dur­ing the me­dia The B-dou­ble re­verse caused headaches for some

Nudg­ing the green cone in the straight re­verse test

in the slalom test Tricky ma­noeu­vring

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