Having a short break in Omarama was Jeremy Hodson, aka ‘Sparrow’. Sparrow has been in the game since 2000 when he took up a position with Oldfields, driving a Hino tipper on roading work for eight years. After that it was to McAuley’s in Masterton where he’s been ever since. Craig Andrews caught him heading back to Geraldine after dropping off a load in Cromwell. He was on the way to pick a load for the Hawke’s Bay. “Our work takes me to a lot of neat remote areas on farms which is one part of the job that I enjoy,” he says. “There’s great variety in this job and the scenery is great.”
Jeremy had always wanted to drive trucks and that stems from going out with his dad when he was a young fella. “Dad was a tyre fleet serviceman for Firestone back then and that’s where it all started.”
The truck he operates is a 2018 Western Star 4864FXG with just 60,000 kilometres on the clock. He had a great year in 2018 with the truck winning King Rig at the Invercargill Truck Parade. It’s not often a truck from the North Island wins this show.
Sparrow is no fan of arrogant drivers and that includes tourists. He enjoys his role with McAuley’s and enjoys consistency in his work, hence having had only the two jobs since he started driving. Who would want to change when driving a piece of kit like this anyway?
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