As far as Geoffro McKane is concerned, hauling livestock is the way to go, especially when it’s in a Kenworth Legend 950, write Peter and Di Schlenk
Geoffro McKane hauls livestock in style in a Legend 950
Like many Australian truck drivers, Geoffro McKane grew up around trucks, which eventually led him to a career in the road transport industry.
“My father (Ross McKane) and the whole family were all truck drivers. I went with dad whenever I had holidays or could escape from school,” he smiles. “I also did two-up with him for a time.”
Geoffro remembers travelling with his father in LTN Fords and SAR rigs, basic trucks compared to the 2015 Kenworth Legend 950 he drives today for O’Sullivan’s Transport.
The Legend 950 is one of three trucks in Paul O’Sullivan’s fleet, based in Rochester, central Victoria. The other two are a couple of equally well-presented Kenworths: a T900 and T908.
Under the Legend’s bonnet is a Cummins Euro 5 engine coupled to an 18-speed Roadranger ’box, all riding on Airglide rear suspension.
“It’s very nice to drive, sits on the road well and tows the B-double with ease,” Geoffro says, adding, “The Cummins goes really well; I haven’t had any drama with it.”
Increasing the Kenworth’s comfort level is an Aero II 50-inch bunk.
“It’s a great sleeper and I love the interior of the whole truck,” said Geoffro. “The dash and the layout are easy to use and look after. There’s a TV in the sleeper and a bar fridge.
“I leave home on Monday and get home on Friday night, so it’s my home away from home.”
HEY, GOOD LOOKING
Keeping the 950 looking good is a big job, although it’s made easier thanks to O’Sullivan’s Transport fitting stainless steel wraps to the tanks, chroming the battery boxes and fitting super chrome rims.
“It all makes a big difference to the cleaning, but it still takes up to four hours to wash it. With chrome, you just need to wipe it off,” Geoffro explains.
He says his dad taught him much of what he needed to know to become a top operator, including the fact that if you look after the machinery it will take care of you.
Geoffro’s first job was with Shanahans Livestock Transport, which proved to be a positive starting point for his driving career.
“Dom (Shanahan) put a number of young blokes through a 12-month TAFE course,” he relates. “It was a great course that had good lecturers and teachers, and culminated in me obtaining my B-double licence.”
Geoffro enjoys hauling livestock and the walkon walk-off nature of the freight.
“It has its good days and bad, as it depends on the stock, but when you get a truck as flash as this, I can see myself in this one for a long time. With this company, I am really enjoying every aspect of the job,” he says.
Geoffro, however, is well aware of the industry’s dangerous side, which hit home after his good mate Wayne ‘Marto’ Martin was killed in a headon accident in 2016, four days after he attended the Oaklands Truck Show. Adding to that is the fact Marto’s sister Kerrie is Geoffro’s wife.
At this year’s Oaklands show, held in March, Geoffro brought the 950 which displayed a large banner on the rear of the sleeper commemorating Marto.
“Marto lived for trucks and that was where he was his happiest,” he says. “I am proud to call Marto a mate.”
I am really enjoying every aspect of the job
As far as freight goes, Geoffro McKane prefers hauling livestock
Above: O’Sullivan’s Transport’s Kenworth Legend 950