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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 13th 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au ---15 Diane strikes trucking gold SECRET'S OUT: McLaughlin Freightlines' Kenworth T908 prime mover with Peki refrigerated trailer, both painted in an exact match of the Hackett Gold paint used in a limited edition run of HSV Holdens DIANE McLaughlin loved the colour of the HSV SV99 Holden she and her husband Wayne left behind when they moved from New Zealand to Australia seven years ago. It was Hackett Gold, a shade used for a limited edition run to celebrate the Aussie swimming legend's achievements. Thanks to a 50th birthday surprise, Diane can enjoy the same paint colour every time her new truck reports back to the McLaughlin Freightlines (MFL) Gold Coast depot. Since making their trip across the Tasman, Diane and Wayne have established a fleet of 64 trucks across Victoria, NSW and Queensland, specialising in the poultry industry. Last year, with Diane's 50th birthday was approaching, they decided to add another one to the fleet. Wayne decided to surprise his wife by having a special truck built for her. He settled on a Kenworth T908 decked out with lots of chrome extras and had it painted an exact match of the Hackett Gold that Diane was so fond of. Then he chose a brand new Peki refrigerated trailer which would be able to run to temperatures of -29C. Trailer refrigeration experts, QTK Thermo King, ensured the trailer was decked out in the same colour as truck and also had her name emblazoned down the side of the trailer. Wayne and Diane's friends threw a party for her at the depot and she got the shock of her life when a workshop door rolled up to reveal the custom rig. It was such a surprise, Diane says. ''When the workshop door opened I walked up and said: Trucks aren't gold, and then the guys told me that it was Hackett Gold and that it had been done specially. I was blown away, it looks so good. I love gold and I love bling. It was a good effort to keep the custom truck build secret. ''They went to a lot of trouble to hide what was happening from me, which was not easy given that I handle the financial affairs of the company,'' Diane says. ''They had to hide all the invoices from me.'' Colin Apps and Terry Cubit from QTK Thermo King went out of their way and added another feature that came as a surprise to both Diane and Wayne. On the front of the trailer is a huge airbrushed painting of the couple's son Scott in action on go-kart. Scott is a rising motorsport star and has just secured an apprenticeship with V8 Supercar outfit Stone Brothers Racing and will drive one of the team's Falcons in this year's Fujitsu Series. Tim Eddy has been trusted with driving the gold truck, named Tom, after Diane's late father. ''He is one of our best operators,'' says Diane. ''He keeps the truck in immaculate con- dition.'' Diane says the truck attracts attention. ''Tim says that everyone is always coming up and saying how good it looks,'' she says. The special Kenworth is mainly used on runs between Brisbane and Sydney and Diane sometimes spots it in traffic. ''It's a real buzz when you see it heading down the highway,'' she says. Wayne, whose parents were in the trucking business in New Zealand, chose a Kenworth for a variety of reasons. About 90 per cent of the fleet would be Kenworths, he says. ''I like them because they are a prestige truck, they have good resale and good back- up.'' Wayne says running decked-out Kenworths is worth it. ''I reckon you attract a better kind of driver with the Kenworth,'' he says. ''I always invest in some extra lights, some chrome and a nice bull bar for the same reasons, you get guys who want to look after the truck.'' The T908 runs a Signature 630 Cummins linked up to an 18-speed Eaton gearbox. Its Peki Freezer Semi Trailer has a 120mm insulated roof, 100mm insulated front wall and floor as well as 40mm thick insulated fibreglass walls. There are optimised rear door seals and a low temperature LED interior lighting system to ensure as little as possible electricity is drawn. The trailer also attracted its fair share of bling, including a stainless steel rear frame, bumper bar, mudguards and toolbox lid. Wayne and Diane started off in Australia with chicken feed, delivering it across Victoria using a small fleet of pneumatic tankers. 16yo set for V8 action WAYNE and Diane McLaughlin's passion for go-karts has provided the opportunity for their son Scott to push start a motorsport career. The rising star started racing go-karts in New Zealand when he was seven, before winning three state championships after moving to Australia in 2003. He finished third at an Australian Championships round and notched up three City of Melbourne titles in a row. Now 16-years-old, Scott is set to become the youngest driver to race a V8 Supercar Series having shown his prowess late last year in which he came within one second a lap of the team's top flight drivers. This week Stone Brothers Racing announced Scott would race for the outfit in the Fujitsu development series. The team, led by fellow Kiwis Ross and Jimmy Stone, were happy to take on Scott despite his tender age. We feel that if you're good enough, you're old enough,'' Ross said. Trucks, Commercial Vehicles Ford Trader Towtruck 6 cyl, HD hydraulic lifting jib, 5 spd with overdrive, good reg, clean truck, $5,500 ono. Or swap for tractor, to suit hobby farm. 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