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Former road train driver switches things up with latest role

Chris Calder, 51, manages Kwik Tow NQ and drives an Isuzu 10260 Tipper, doing a lot of local work around Townsville but can travel as far away as Brisbane.

He used to drive road trains between Townsville and Mount Isa and left that to become a spray painter and panel beater.

For the past four years Calder has driven tilt trucks.

His work involves picking up cars, boats, caravans, machinery, attending to breakdowns, roadside assistance and insurance claims.

“I have managed the company since late last year and really enjoy it. I can do eight or nine jobs a day but sometimes it is only four,” he said.

Calder also works in association with big company ABC Towing.

The friendly Calder loves motor sports and was beside the road near the Townsville RAAF base when Big Rigs saw him.

His phone rang and he had another job within an hour.

Calder enjoys Super V8 Racing and was looking forward to the big event in Townsville that weekend.

“My son Jayden will be working there on pit lane as a speed gun official,” he said.

He is an avid Cowboys supporter in the NRL.

Calder says his favourite food is crumbed lamb chops. “My wife cooks the best chops,” he said.

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