Harry wants to be ‘just like them’

Big Rigs - - NEWS - Kate Dodd [email protected]­grigs.com.au

WHEN you think of a Book Week cos­tume, most of the ones that come to mind are su­per­heroes, fairy tale char­ac­ters or the clas­sics like Harry Pot­ter, Tin-Tin and Where’s Wally.

But nine-year-old Harry Ma­her, who lives in Bellin­gen in New South Wales, took his Book Week cos­tume very se­ri­ously – dress­ing up as his hero John “Bee­tle” Bai­ley, a truckie who worked for Lind­say Broth­ers.

John wrote a book about his life as a truckie – Two Life­times Be­hind the Wheels and has been in­ducted into the Na­tional Trans­port Hall of Fame.

It’s his book – and Harry’s great-grand­fa­ther Ken ‘Yappy’ O’Con­nor, his grand­fa­ther Stephen O’Con­nor and his fa­ther Rod Ma­her who all drove trucks for the Coffs Har­bour-based busi­ness – that in­spired Harry to dress up as a truckie.

“I want to be just like them when I grow up!” Harry said.

When Big Rigs asked Harry just what it was that he loved about trucks, he en­thu­si­as­ti­cally an­swered: “Ev­ery­thing!”

Harry loved rid­ing in trucks and said it was “all fun but blow­ing the horn was the best part!”

Harry’s dad and grand­fa­ther both agreed that it was hard for Harry not to have such a pas­sion for trucks as it was in his blood. They said the way he gets ex­cited talk­ing about them was very heart-warm­ing and it was pretty spe­cial for a boy to want to be just like his dad.

One of Harry’s fond­est mem­o­ries was a road trip to Uluru with his fam­ily, in which it was very im­por­tant they made a pit stop at Alice Springs to see the Na­tional Trans­port Hall of Fame.

Harry’s mother Sam Ma­her said Harry al­most cried from ex­cite­ment when they walked in and didn’t want to leave.

■ Does your child want to be a truck driver and is in­spired by a truckie they know? Email [email protected] bi­grigs.com.au.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

FU­TURE TRUCKIE: Harry Ma­her wants to be a truckie like his dad, grand­dad and his great-grand­dad.

Harry Ma­her (sec­ond left) took a trip to Alice Springs to see the Na­tional Trans­port Hall of Fame with his fam­ily.

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