Nolans, Volvo team up for Lights On The Hill

By: Bob Riley, Chasing Trucks Productions, Photography by: Bob Riley


Nolan's Interstate Transport and Volvo Commercial Vehicles Brisbane join forces to raise awareness and donate charity funds for the Lights On The Hill Memorial Wall at Gatton, Qld.

Nolans, Volvo team up for Lights On The Hill
Nolan's Interstate Transport's new Lights On The Hill livery

Volvo Commercial Vehicles Brisbane and Nolan’s Interstate Transport have combined forces to boost the profile of the Lights On The Hill Memorial Wall at Gatton, as well as donating much needed funds for the maintenance and expansion of the wall itself.

Nolan’s, also headquartered in the south-east Queensland town of Gatton, is a regular attendee at the Lights On The Hill Memorial Convoy each February.

The transport company has been strong supporters of the Lights On The Hill Memorial Wall concept since its earliest days. It previously set up a single freezer van in 2007 to carry Lights On The Hill promotional signage.

"Nearly seven years later and that artwork is starting to deteriorate," Adrian Nolan says.

"It was given a seven-year life expectancy guarantee when it was first fitted, so it’s met all expectations. But now it is coming off the road to be refurbished."

A new FTE B-double freezer van combination, with a Volvo FH up front, will bear the new Lights On The Hill signage for Nolan’s Interstate Transport.

Adrian Nolan had approached the Lights On The Hill committee with an offer to provide signage to further promote the Memorial Wall.

Vehicle branding specialists Fleetmark, based in Melbourne, developed the artwork, with Nolan’s donating the costs to Lights On The Hill.

With its high Volvo presence in the Nolan’s fleet, Adrian Nolan met with Volvo Commercial Vehicles (VCV) Brisbane with the idea of the truck manufacturer also coming on board with sponsorship support. As a result, VCV Brisbane has donated $25,000 to Lights On The Hill in a four year arrangement.

"We’ve been involved with Lights on the Hill for a number of years and when the opportunity came up to get us more closely involved, we were more than happy to do so," VCV Brisbane Manager Iain Allison says.

"Our head office is based in Brisbane so to be doing something in south east Queensland, given the relationship we have with the Lockyer Valley with such personalities like the Nolans, it was good for us to jump on board with this sponsorship for such a worthy cause."

For VCV, their advertising, together with that of others involved with the project, is incorporated into the overall artwork of the B-double combination.

Adrian Nolan says the new Volvo FH and the FTE B-double freezer combination, sporting its distinctive Lights On The Hill artwork, will be seen on the eastern seaboard’s major highways anywhere from far north Queensland through to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and over to Adelaide for the next five to seven years.

The 2014 Lights On The Hill Memorial Convoy will take place on February 22. The twin convoys will kick off simultaneously at 9.30am from the BP Archerfield in Brisbane, and Brown & Hurley in Toowoomba. The convoys will merge into one at Gatton for a day and night of family fun, kids’ activities and live music from the likes of country stars Adam Harvey, The Wolverines, Paul Costa, Jayne Denham and many more.

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