A Fuso Canter operating for Adelaide business, Newtons Building and Landscape Supplies, has achieved 1 million kilometres.
The truck is owned by 83 year-old Peter Masseroni who delivers firewood, sand, loam and other landscaping materials to various Adelaide suburbs.
He founded the Newtons Building and Landscape Supplies business back in 1979.
Masseroni drives the Canter tipper six days a week. On Sundays he goes for a bike ride.
Neither Masseroni nor his truck, are likely to stop any time soon.
“It’s too late for me to retire,” he said.
“The truck works like a charm. It never breaks down,” said Masseroni.
In fact, the vehicle has only ever had one non-consumable part replaced.
“All I have had to do is replace one clutch at around 500,000km, that is it,” said Masseroni.
“I have not touched the engine, the diff, nothing.”
Based in the Adelaide suburb of Campbelltown, Masseroni takes pride in ensuring his trusty truck is well maintained and that it remains in excellent condition.
Masseroni came to Australia from Italy in 1959 and started at the Holden Woodville plant before going to drive for Ready Mix.
From there he went on to start his own business supplying concrete as well as building and landscaping material, before selling the business to current owner and friend Frank Ferella in 1996.
However, Masseroni stayed on to drive for Newtons, which has grown throughout the years, and bought his current Canter in 1998.
Masseroni, according to Ferella, is the perfect employee.
“Peter’s work ethics are second to none – he is always on time and brings nothing but joy to the staff and customers,” said Ferella.
“He puts smiles on everyone faces,” he said.
Fuso recently presented a special “one million km” plaque to Masseroni during a special ceremony attended by his workmates, friends, family and representatives from Daimler Trucks Adelaide and Fuso head office.
This year, Fuso is also celebrating 50 years of Canter in Australia.
Fuso Truck and Bus Australia Director, Alex Müller, said there are many stories of Canter helping Australians get the job done throughout the last half century, but Peter’s is one of the very best.
“We would like to congratulate Peter on this exciting milestone and thank him for being such a good ambassador for Fuso,” he said.