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Drive Life : November 26th 2010
1HERSA1 F023 This is a manufacturers ad. This offer is available to corporate buyers only (excluding fleet, government or rental buyers) and only from participating Fuso dealers until 31 December 2010 or while stocks last. Dealer delivery charges and statutory charges may vary between dealers and States. This offer is not available in conjunction with any other offer. *The recommended sale price of $39,590 applies to the Canter 2.0 SWB model FE83DC4SRFAB with the features described above. #Canter manual models have the most torque in the Japanese branded ADR80/02 model class when compared against the equivalent Japanese branded ADR80/02 models. Fuso is distributed by Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd ACN 004 411 410. Call 1300 424 916 or visit fuso.com.au Fuso dealers are doing great deals on Canter, but offer ends 31 December, so be quick. IN class! • Powerful 110kW engine with a class leading 471Nm of torque# • Dual airbags for improved safety • Twin caliper front and rear disc brakes with ABS provide superior stopping power • Front and rear stabiliser bars reduce body roll and improve handling • Fuso hill start assist system stops you rolling back when taking off # Ask us about deals on the rest of the canter range PLUS DEALER DELIVERY & STATUTORY CHARGES canTER 2.0 SWB 39,590* most torque SPECIAL REPORT TRUCKS Teamman...Rick Quade with his Sydney Swans truck. Photo: Anna Kucera Rick Quade's long association with the Sydney Swans has taught him the benefits of teamwork, which he applies to his freight business, writes Steve Skinner. UCKS Haul of fame Rick Quade is comfortable leading large teams of people. He was captain of the old South Melbourne Aussie rules team in the late 1970s. Then he became the first coach of the Sydney Swans, when South Melbourne headed north in 1982. Later he was chairman of selectors and a Swans director for more than a decade until stepping down a couple of years ago. On the business side of things, Quade managed 400 depot staff with freight giant TNT. Then, more than 20 years ago, he co-founded his own company, Freight Specialists, which has grown from its western Sydney base to have 270 direct employees and 200 full- and part-time subcontractors throughout Australia. The company is a minor sponsor of the Swans through its membership of the Chairman's Club. Despite all this success, Quade is a modest bloke who doesn't chase publicity -- unlike some other footy legends who turn to business. ''I think quite often if you stick your head up it gets knocked off,'' he says. In both football and business, Quade says a team culture is critical. In the transport game, good teamwork means being able to provide good service to clients. ''That's reflected in the fact that some of Australia's major blue- chip companies have been with us for 20-odd years, through good times and tough times, when most of them have been offered cheaper rates than we carry for,'' he says. He adds that a team culture fosters loyalty. ''A lot of our employees and subbies have been with us since day one.'' It all started for Quade as the second-youngest in a team of 15 kids on the family farm at Ariah Park in southern NSW -- where a lot of his family still lives and where he visits every couple of months. He drove an International hay- carting truck from the age of 10 and at 15 was carting wheat to the silos in another rigid Inter. ''I was only on the highway for about two kilometres,'' he says. At one stage his father bought an ACCO prime mover and trailer. ''I wiped it out on a fence on my first go,'' he says. ''Dad put me back on the rigid and I haven't driven a trailer since.'' Quade's strong rural connection is reflected in the fact that the company specialises in contract carting from the cities to regional Australia -- the general freight including farm chemicals, tyres, auto parts, paint, whitegoods and liquor. Freight Specialists is a regional provider for Linfox and it was through that association that it recruited chief executive John Bradac three years ago, as part of succession planning for Quade and his long-time business partner, Leigh Howard-Smith. The company's own line-haul trucks are 610-horsepower Volvos, while Sterlings, Volvos and Isuzus do most of the local work. There are warehouses and/or depots in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, as well as throughout regional NSW and in Queensland and South Australia. Quade doesn't want his client list mentioned, in case someone tries to steal them. ''Transport is a very tough and competitive industry, very much like football,'' he says. ''The margins are thin -- again like football -- so you really have to have a strong focus on service and have the right management.'' And how does Quade reckon the Swannies will go in 2011? ''I really believe we're a top-four side.''
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