Tony Clarke

In Just Truckn Around, Overseas, November 20192 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineNovember 18, 2019

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Stepping down from the cab of his 2018 Kenworth C509, Tony Clarke, better known as ‘Aggro‘, did not fit the stereotype of a Toll driver. Devoid of PPE, the bearded Townsville man prefers the comfort of short sleeves, shorts and thongs while he‘s behind the wheel. After introducing himself at the IOR fuel depot in Cloncurry, North West Queensland, Paul O‘Callaghan threw an inquisitive glance towards the tough Kenworth, which, like its driver, looked a bit different from your average Toll item. “That‘s because I‘ve changed a few things” came the reply. Personal modifications include chrome air breather stacks, 6” exhaust pipes, and marker lights in the air conditioning pod.

Aggro‘s C509 is an impressive truck featuring an integrated sleeper, the new type dash, and in contrast with many 509s, air bag suspension on the rear axles. Having spent 30 years driving trucks, Aggro has been right around Australia, hauling everything from fridge vans to general freight. Nowadays, he is content on the regular run carting bulk cement from Townsville to the mine at Mount Isa. “It‘s a cruisy run, just drop and pick up the tanks, with no night work involved. Our division of Toll is pretty good to work for.” Following in the spirit of his tough truck, Tony spends his free time playing with his similarly tough toys. “I‘ve got two Harleys and two Toyota Landcruisers at home in Townsville,” he adds, before firing up the E5 Cummins for the final push to Mount Isa.

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