Isuzu wins over veteran driver

Ballarat-based truck owner-operator Charlie Aspland recently took delivery of an Isuzu FRR 600.

According to Aspland, who has been driving mail runs in country Victoria for 33 years, he has always been a dedicated Isuzu truck client.

“I bought my first Isuzu in 1980, an SBR, and I’ve never looked back. I’ve done it all in Isuzus since then – they are just the best truck ever made,” Aspland, 76, said.

“In all that time I have never had a breakdown and never missed a day.
I put that down to the Isuzu trucks I have always had – eight of them over the years. They are just a magic truck and I’ve driven almost all makes of truck over nearly 60 years on the road.”

Aspland credits his latest Isuzu FRR 600 long for giving him “not a skerrick of trouble”.

“It’s very comfortable, very good on fuel and has all the power I need to eat up the routes I travel. It’s even got cruise control – so I just sit back and she just goes.”

In his current role, Aspland leaves Ballarat at 1.15am and arrives in Birchip, in Victoria’s northwest, at 6.30am having made 10 delivery and pick up stops. He sleeps for four hours and then returns home to Ballarat via another 10 stops. He makes the run five times a week.

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