Hannah guesses Campbeltown tribute truck’s weight

Calum McFadyen presents prize-winner Hannah McLellan with her model lorry.

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One hundred kilograms is not a huge amount though it might seem so if you are aged seven and guessing the weight of a lorry.

Hannah McLellan, from Glenbarr, won a McFadyens Transport model lorry after guessing a version of the real deal, a V8 engined Scania Longline, weighed 13,500kg, only 100kg short of its actual 13,600kg.

Scania developed its initially 350hp diesel V8 in 1969, though the motor is now up to 520hp with 2,700 N/m of torque, offering a popular combination of high efficiency and power.

There were more than 100 entries to the competition at the RNLI gala day last month, with the £400 raised, including donations, going straight to the town’s lifeboat station.

Calum McFadyen, director of McFadyens Transport alongside his brother Charles, said he didn’t know how much the truck weighed until after the competition had ended.

‘It was actually quite different to what I thought it might be,’ said Charles.

The lorry was taken to two weighbridges to ensure the final weight was 100 per cent accurate.

Hannah admits that her dad, Kenny, who drives lorries for Peter McKerral & Co, may have helped her with her guess.

She said she will put her new model, which is worth about £275, on the window ledge in her bedroom or on top of her piano.

The competition involved guessing the weight of one of McFadyens Transport’s most special lorries, a tribute to Calum’s and Charles’s dad, Charlie, who passed away in 2017.