Corey Bailey was driving one of four AKL Harvest & Haulage Kenworths that arrived at the show: two K200s; a T950; and Corey’s rig, a 2008 T650.
Corey explains that AKL started out in Tasmania but is now based in Portland with a fleet of seven trucks.
“Logging in Tasmania was in trouble and the blue gum here was taking off,” he says.
It’s only been eight months since Corey’s truck was rolled and rebuilt.
“It was originally a day cab and we put a sleeper on it to make it more flexible. If you are doing a run to Geelong or held up in the bush, you can get a few hours’ sleep.”
Corey says AKL is mainly hauling woodchip now, and times are busy waiting for the boats to arrive in Portland.
“We have a few days off, so we will get extra maintenance and cleaning done and then it will be back into it at the end of the week.”
Corey says this is first show where AKL has brought along part of the fleet.
“I’m into this sort of thing. I want to advertise the company and to show some pride in the fleet.”