A roadhouse in Ingham welcomed around 800 spectators last month, as it played host to a boxing tournament.
Andy’s Roadhouse has been servicing truckies since 1984, with drivers from all over Australia stopping there.
Called the Kingdom Cup, the recent boxing tournament was hosted by Kingdom Boxing Gym under the banner of the Sunstate Amateur Boxing League.
Roadhouse owner Andy Barra, who celebrates his 80th birthday on September 2, is a legend of the industry in the north. This veteran has his own two trucks and is also heavily involved in organising country music events at the roadhouse.
“I have two old Macks and still drive but only do local runs these days around Ingham. We open seven days a week and 15 hours every day. One of my employees has been here for 30 years,” he said.
Barra added there were more than 20 bouts on the card and spectators included many associated with the road transport industry.
“I still have a passion for driving and the roadhouse and can’t wait to wake up every morning,” he said.
Many truckies I’ve spoken to rave on about how delicious his Andy Hamburgers are.