At only 16-years-old, Matthew Logue is definitely one of the youngest in the country to have a lorry of his own.
Matthew hails from new Omagh in the county of Tyrone and it was here that the young haulier was born into a family of equine enthusiasts.
“I’m from Omagh County Tyrone.” Matthew told Kevin of That’sFarming.
“I’m actually from an Equestrian background myself, my father and grandfather and great grandfather before that have been horse dealers” he added.
Matthew is one of the team members behind Logue Equine, an enterprise created by the Logue family. Together they breed cob horses, more or less as a hobby. They currently keep up to 12 horses at any one time and this love for equine is one which runs deep through the Logue family heritage, having been started by Matthew’s great grandfather.
“My father Damien and myself have 10/12 horses stabled at present.” Matthew explained.
“We buy and sell horses and attend sales and fairs throughout the country. It has been a way of life for my family for a long time, my grandad and great grandad were also involved in the trade.” Matthew continued.
For Matthew, the interest in trucks and ‘All Things Haulage’ was one developed at a very young age, although he has always had a hands-on role within the family equine business. The thirst to have his own lorry is likely to have been one gained from his father, who himself has a truck of his own, a DAF LF horsebox. His mother also holds an interest in the sector, making Matthew’s passion for trucks all the less surprising.
“I think the interest comes from my mother who also has a keen interest in them.” Matthew admitted.
Purchasing the truck -
After gaining a passion for haulage from his father, Matthew followed this up by attending truck shows from a very young age.
“I’ve always had an interest in trucks.” said Matthew.
“I have been attending shows and events as a spectator from a young age.” He added.
It was at the age of fourteen in 2017 that an opportunity of a lifetime came along for Matthew, when he was offered the chance to purchase his first-ever truck. This he did from a man based in Ballymena and it meant he was one of the country’s youngest ever Scania owners! Mathew made the purchase all on his own and with no help from any outside source. Not bad for aged just fourteen!
“I have always had a lifelong interest in lorries and I purchased my first lorry aged 14 in June 2017.” Matthew explained.
“I purchased my lorry in June 2017 from a man in Ballymena…I think I’m the youngest owner of a Scania in the country at the minute.” Matthew chuckled.
The Truck -
Matthew’s pride and joy, which was purchased in Ballymena in 2017, is a 2002 Scania 4-Series Low Cab. The truck was originally purchased new by O’Kane Poultry and came to Matthew in basic condition. He now has is almost customized to his personal taste, with the inside semi-customised.
Make - Scania
Model - 4-Series Low Cab
Year - 2002
“I refurbished the lorry as she was fleet spec when I bought her…It was plain and basic when I purchased it.” Matthew explained.
“I spent the last year and a half getting her to the current condition.”
The truck has already been taken on trips by the Logue family to truck shows within their locality in 2018 and Matthew has big plans to attend more in the coming months. He also took home a trophy at the Full of the Pipe show in Punchestown last year, as well as a few other prizes.
“I attended several shows with the truck in 2018 and I plan on attending plenty more in 2019.” Matthew told Kevin Forde.
“I won the ‘Best Up and Coming truck’ at Full of the Pipe in Punchestown and the ‘Best Truck in Show’ at the Greencastle Vintage Rally.” Matthew adds.
(Matthew's truck upon purchasing it)
Future Aspirations -
Along with attending as many trucks shows with his beloved Scania over the coming months an years, Matthew has a big vision for the future. First things first, he will add further customisations to his pride and joy.
“I want to customise the truck further to make it that bit more eye catching.” He said.
Upon completing his secondary education, Matthew hopes to pursue his licences which will then enable him to pursue a lifelong dream of driving his truck on a daily basis, under his own name.
“I plan on getting the HGV licence when the time comes.” Matthew said.
“I also have dreams of setting up my own company when I leave school,” he continued.
Following Matthew’s lead -
For those of you who aspire to get into the haulage sector just as Matthew has, he warned that without hard work you will get nowhere.
“If I was to give someone advice I’d say, if you really want something then you can get it if you work hard for it. “ he warned.
“Don’t let people put you off if it is something your heart is set on. Don’t let people put you down either, as most of the time they are jealous, and those are the people with nothing to show for themselves,” he said.
(Matthew's Father's truck pictured below)
Why Haulage -
When asked about his passion for trucks, Matthew could not explain it, but pinned the blame firmly on his parents and mother in particular.
He admits to always having had a love for seeing trucks as well as hearing them!
“I have just always had a great love for trucks.” He said.
“I think it’s the fact that they are big, powerful and loud! I love being out in them and enjoy the freedom of the road”Matthew says his passion for trucks runs that deep it may be considered an addiction, admitting he lives, breathes and eats ‘All Things haulage’.
“I just have a great love and passion for trucks myself.”
“I live, breath, eat and sleep them and someday hope to expand and possibly have my own company”
At fourteen years old, Matthew achieved in doing what some would consider impossible and purchased his own truck. If that is anything to go by, it won’t be long until we see the young Tyrone native behind the wheel on a full-time basis.
Are you working in the haulage sector like Matthew? Fancy sharing your story? Contact Kevin now on firstname.lastname@example.org.