A SPECIAL 70TH TREAT FOR DAD
FAMILY DEDICATES SUPERLINER TO MT ISA MOGUL
“THE cheeky buggers said we had to go to Western Truck Group to pick up some spare parts... not to pick up a new truck!”
Third-generation truckie and proud dad Stan Baillie couldn’t believe his eyes when sons Kent and Todd showed him the newest truck in Kent’s fleet – a brand new Mack Superliner dedicated to him.
“I was really surprised by the boys when they revealed the new truck to me. I knew Kent had one on order but I didn’t know that it was dedicated to me,” he said.
Kent recently took ownership of Mt Isa Carriers and to celebrate his dad’s 70th birthday and acknowledge his 53 years in the trucking industry, he dedicated the truck to him.
Stan said it was a very special moment to see the personalised plates with his nickname (Butch) and date of birth on them.
Keeping with the Mt Isa Carriers tradition of naming prime movers after songs, the Superliner was named Lonesome No 1, after Stan’s favourite song by Don Gibson.
Another highlight of the truck was “Butch’s Pride”, painted on the back, which son Todd said brought “a massive smile” to his father’s face.
Stan said his grandfather Andrew Baillie was a general carrier around Millmerran in Queensland with a bullock team and dray and the family had been involved in the transport industry since then.
His two eldest sons, Troy and Kent, followed him into the industry, while his other children, Todd and Katie, pursued other careers.
“I don’t blame them for not wanting to be in trucking, it’s a hard life and tough on your health,” Stan said.
“And if Kent’s son Wyatt is any indication, he’ll be the fifth generation to be in trucks – although it’ll probably be a very different industry by then.”
Kent took ownership of the Mt Isa business a little more than a month ago and Stan couldn’t be prouder as ever since Kent was a child he’d shown a huge interest in trucks.
“He has learned heaps over the years and has done every job there is to do in transport, from spare parts to driving the triple road trains,” he said.
“He’s not just some office bloke who hasn’t done the hard yards but is very hands on. He’s got a great business head on him and I reckon he’ll take it in new directions.”
Kent, who treasures his childhood memories of loading up trucks after school and doing paperwork while he was still in primary school, started working with Mt Isa Carriers’ original owner Grahame Porter about 12 years ago.
Grahame, who knew Kent’s father very well, asked him to come on board and help out after he had a heart attack.
Since then, Kent has helped the business go from strength to strength.
When Grahame made the decision to retire, Kent knew he wanted to buy the business to see it continue to flourish.
“He started it in 1965 with one truck. When I came to him he had four trucks and today we have 21 all up,” Kent said.
Kent said he had worked closely with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator in the past to develop new standards for the industry, putting to rest the argument that “small businesses can’t compete because of the (large) cost of maintaining compliance issues and other things”.
“We certainly can
LONESOME NO. 1: Stan Baillie was thrilled his son Kent named his new Mack Superliner after his favourite song to celebrate his legacy.
Todd (left) and Kent Baillie with the new truck.