This month marks a significant milestone for Kenworth, with the iconic brand celebrating 50 years of manufacturing down under. Big Rigs takes a trip down memory lane.
Many in the industry believe it offers road transport the most important productivity and safety improvements since the introduction of the B-double in the 1980s.
Reunited after 40 years apart, a proud Larry Briggs has hit the show circuit with his cherished 1968 International.
SRV Road Freight Services takes great pride in its beautifully presented Kenworth fleet – so when it came time to put the order in for its 150th Kenworth, it’s no surprise that the business decided to go all out.
Given the amount of time trucks spend on the road, a breakdown of some sort is inevitable. Popping a tyre, losing hydraulics, simply failing to start or any one of a hundred things will eventually sideline even the best-kept truck. Asking the question popularised in a movie, who ya gunna call?
“We don’t advertise a lot – a lot of the time we get work through people we know – they might ask the question ‘can you do this?’ and we will give it a shot, and a couple of years later you’re still working for them.” Read more
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.