‘Yogi’ scores award:
Glenn Kendall wins Scania Driver Comp
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