Trucker Colin clocks up one million miles

Colin Guthrie and his Scania.
Colin Guthrie and his Scania.

Driver Colin Guthrie has clocked up a million-mile milestone – behind the wheel of the same truck.

He has travelled the length and breadth of the UK in his Scania P94 but he reckons he reached one million miles last Monday while travelling through home territory in Northumberland.

Colin got the truck nearly 20 years ago when he started work for Tim Smalley, who produced the haylage Haymax at his family farm at Detchant, near Belford.

Tim later launched BEDMAX Shavings and, with horses up and down the country settling down on a BEDMAX bed, Colin and his Scania were notching up the miles.

Colin said: “I am extremely happy to have clocked one million miles. She has been a great truck for BEDMAX. She is driver-friendly and performs as good as gold.

“We always have her serviced bang on the mileage and change filters as we should. The air compressor went once and other than that we’ve had no problems. The engine has never been stripped down, nor has the gearbox, and she’s still got her original turbo.”

A former military man, Colin spent 22 years with the Gordon Highlanders, serving in Northern Ireland, Germany, Kenya, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. He worked as a vehicle tester before leaving the Army.

“I’ve got just about every type of licence there is,” he said. “I think I was always cut out to work behind the wheel when I returned to Civvy Street.”

Tim, BEDMAX Shavings managing director, said: “Colin’s achievement is testimony to the hard work and dedication he has shown over the last 19 years.

“This highlights just how much BEDMAX has grown since it was launched in 2000 and we hope that Colin, along with his truck, will remain part of the team for many years to come.”