Although red tape held up its launch, it was well worth the wait for a proud Flea Nolan when he sent the pride of the fleet – an imposing new FH XXL Globetrotter – on its maiden run to Sydney last month.
When New Zealand born Dennis Dent arrived at Mareeba in north Queensland back in 1967 he owned just an old beat up Valiant car and had a meagre $200 to his name.
As is the story of many truckies, truck driving wasn’t just a job for Gray, it was a way of life. Nicknamed Shiny because his trucks were always immaculate, Gray was taken off the road five years ago, once his Parkinson’s symptoms began.
It is quite a contrast from a petrol-powered Dodge horse truck to a current spec Kenworth T909 with a quad fridge van, but it reflects the continual evolution of transport over the last 44 years, the length of time in which Mick Dwyer has been running the highways and outback tracks around Australia.
It was a year in the making but Maureen Smith finally got the message through to her hard-working husband – it was time to put their health first.
Of all the people working in road transport and its associated industries I have chatted to in putting together content for Big Rigs over the years, it would be hard to find a person with a cheerier and more affable outlook on life than Troy Harris.
It’s been hailed a major innovation, a step forward in dolly design, and late last year its supply partners won the Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement award. But, does the converter dolly live up to all the commotion? If the operators we spoke to are anything to go by, then yes, it would seem so.
Having built a culture based on inclusivity and diversity, Eather Group in Sydney has been seeing more and more women joining its business – in roles that include everything from truck driving and office roles to executive positions.
With its rolling plains, snow-capped mountains, and sharp twists and turns, a 26.5 metre B-triple isn’t something you’d usually expect to find navigating its way through Cooma, the largest town in the Snowy Mountains.
Despite it being well into late spring, a jumper and a beanie were still necessary attire for Daryl Hutton as he was about to commence another day’s work in the north-east Victorian high country, with the sun yet to break through over the hilltops.