Truckie Profiles

Like father, like son

Aged 59, Mark McKenzie drives an impressive Kenworth T900 Legend for DJ&K Morgan.

When Big Rigs spotted him, he was carrying a load of cement.

McKenzie had been checking one of his trailers after he had pulled up on the breakdown pad located along the Townsville Port Access Road.

“After I deliver the cement to Mount Isa I’ll be bringing back lead for Townsville,” he said.

The first truck that McKenzie ever drove during his long unfinished innings was a Sterling.

McKenzie says he is very proud of his 29-year-old son Kenny who is also a truck driver.

“I speak to him by phone regularly and he is out near Cloncurry now,” he said.

McKenzie rates truck driving as a good job and says he likes stopping at the BP Cluden Roadhouse when passing through.

He reckons there could be a few more rest areas suitable for heavy vehicles.

“There is one near Cloncurry I do like as it has a toilet,” he said.

McKenzie also rated the Julia Creek to Cloncurry section of the Flinders Highway as challenging to get on.

A truckie for 25 years, McKenzie used to work for Aurizon and said it was a good company.

In conclusion McKenzie added that he also barracks for the Cowboys in the NRL.

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