Jillaroo Jess set to be on national TV show
SHE has mastered driving road-train cattle trucks, became an a starlet of social media, and now the Pilbara's Jillaroo Jess is set to grace the small screen.
Jessica Edwards, better known as Jillaroo Jess, spent time filming with Terrain Tamer's four-wheel-drive industry veteran Allan Gray recently to shoot episodes that will be broadcast on national TV.
In October last year, the Rural Weekly reported on Jess's "truckie safety" video.
She gave her audience a tour of the prime-mover she drives and highlighted some misconceptions about truck drivers.
The tongue-in-cheek clip quickly went viral and it also caught the attention of 4WD drive celebrity Mr Gray.
Mr Gray is also known as The Engine Whisperer.
At 83 years of age, he remains the head engineer for Terrain Tamer 4WD Parts in Melbourne.
He shot to fame after the introduction of the Ask Allan DVD segment.
After 14 episodes, Ask Allan drew to a close, but it was obvious there was a need for a follow-up, so Mr Gray recruited his nephew Andrew Gray and together they produced new segments.
These include The Project, The Apprentice and, most recently, Masterclass, which is currently airing around the country across Foxtel, 7Mate and through prominent 4WD magazines Pat Callinan's 4x4 Adventures and 4x4 Australia.
Allan travelled across the country and touched down in Karratha, where he met up with Jess last month.
Joining forces, the pair will teach viewers how to look after, and reliably prepare, a 4WD vehicle for long trips, much like the ones Jess makes when travelling between her Karratha home base and stations as far as 2000km away.
Filmed in workshops, cattle stations and everywhere in between, in and around Karratha, the series is set to be released later in 2017 and will highlight all the beauty the Pilbara has to offer.