‘Nightmare’ on wheels
There were no shortage of Kenworths on show at Tooradin, including a T604 nicknamed ‘Lou’s nightmare’ owned by Dougie Reynolds and his wife Louise.
“It’s a 2002 build with 1.4 million kilometres on the clock and a Detroit under the bonnet,” Dougie smiles.
“We had it for three months and the Detroit let go; we rebuilt it and it let go again three months later.
“So we put a new crate motor in it and it’s been good ever since then.”
Dougie has been an owner-driver for 14 years, starting out with a Kenworth T600 before moving onto the T604 in 2006.
He started out hauling steel out of Western Port Bay for a few years, then oversized loads of houses and school buildings.
“It is a very nice truck to operate and I think we will keep it for a while,” Dougie says.
“When I started out as a driver years ago and was making money for everybody else, I thought, ‘Bugger this. It’s time to make my own.’
“But it is hard work. I think the day of the owner- driver is slowly disappearing I think.”
The couple’s son, Dillon, a diesel mechanic at Caterpillar in Clayton, looks after the Kenworth’s mechanics.
“He is enjoying what he is doing; working at Cat,” Dougie says.
“He has all the tickets and gets out in the truck on weekends and enjoys that aspect as well.”