IN THE THIRD OF OUR MEETINGS WITH THE CHASSIS MANUFACTURERS’ HEAVY-HAULAGE SPECIALISTS BRIAN WEATHERLEY TALKS TO DAF’S JOSH SPENCER AND LEARNS ABOUT THE DUTCH-TRUCK MAKER’S ‘LINE-BUILT’ HEAVY HAULAGE PRODUCT PHILOSOPHY.
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It’s probably no coincidence that we’ve spotted a common thread running through our conversations with the manufacturers’ product specialists. Their love of trucks starts at an early age. It’s certainly the case for Josh Spencer, sales engineer at DAF Trucks. “I owe an awful lot as to why I like trucks to my Father,” he tells us. “He’s been in the industry for years as a technician and an engineer. He really understands it. So I’ve been around trucks ever since I can remember.” Interestingly, having decided to enter the industry, Spencer remembers “It was much against his advice!” Given the uncertain nature of the business his Dad’s attitude was probably understandable.
Nevertheless, in 2006 he began a three-year apprenticeship with MAN in Oxford for the Cordwallis Group, the family-owned business with VW van, MAN and Isuzu Truck franchises covering London and the Thames Valley. It was an interesting learning experience — and not just on trucks — as 27-year-old Spencer recalls: “I spent six years in the workshop there and during that time I was involved with a lot of bus, coach and also military projects. I think that taught me to really throw myself into any opportunity that came along.