I am Austen Naaykens and I am 16 years of age. My parents own a small trucking company in Beausejour, Manitoba called Naaykens Transport. I see myself in a couple years behind the wheel of a big rig, but when I read the article ‘Long and tall dead and gone,’ that really got to me.
I have been looking forward to getting my Class 1 licence and stepping foot into a big old long-nose Peterbilt. There’s something about those trucks that makes me and all kinds of people stare when one drives by.
I don’t know if that’s why I like a long-nose truck so much, but those are the trucks that everyone looks at, not those new round-nose trucks you see every day, everywhere you go.
I would truly be disappointed to see those long-nose trucks go away forever. It’s not only the true diehards that have been driving those long-nose trucks for years that don’t want to see those trucks go, it’s also the young or “new” generation of truckers who also don’t want to see those trucks die out.
Austen Naaykens, Beausejour, Man. Via e-mail
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