Truckie Profiles

Two decades on the road

Happy driver Audie Sparks, 59, was heading towards Guyra in NSW when Big Rigs saw him at Warwick recently.

He had stopped off at the Ampol Warwick in the Scania he drives for Multiquip, which has a depot at Kingston in southern Queensland.

“It is a new Scania R620 with just 11,000km on the clock. I am going down to Guyra empty to pick up chickens for delivery to Ipswich,” he said.

Sparks lives at Ipswich and has been a driver for 20 years and with Multiquip for 12 months.

“They are a good company to work for and the boss is great,” he said.

Sparks said there are not enough rest areas in Queensland but there is sufficient across the border in NSW.

“But many of the NSW ones are not marked properly advising their location and it is easy to drive past,” he said.

His main hobby is watching and competing at speedway and he has his own vehicle.

“It is a super sedan and I am chasing a sponsor for it,” he said.

His favourite roadhouse is the Ampol Warwick where I saw him purchasing some takeaway food.

“They serve good food here and the staff are very courteous,” he said.

This contented truckie was looking forward to eating his bangas and mash.

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