Each Friday, veteran truckie Ken Sheppard stands out from other drivers, as he dons a colourful shirt with a truck screen printed on the front.
Based at Hughenden, Vince Butcher, 63, has been a driver for much of his working life. He hauls cattle and general freight for Corfield Livestock Transport.
When Big Rigs saw Greg Hancock just before dark, he was checking a trailer behind his Kenworth K104 along the Townsville Port Access Road.
Like every other owner-operator, NSW driver Basil ‘Spitz’ Spitzkowsky has been affected by the big increase in fuel prices.
Friendly truckie Joe Lo-Monaco, 52, is from a well-respected family with strong connections to the road transport industry at Silkwood in North Queensland.
Burdekin-based truckie Raymond Finn was driving a late model Volvo towing four trailers and carrying molasses when Big Rigs caught up with him.
Being a diesel mechanic certainly comes in handy for north Queensland truckie Phil Ellevsen who drives a Western Star 4900 for Velocity Haulage based at the Bohle.
When Big Rigs saw driver Gerry Netter recently, he was on the lookout for accommodation.
Aged 53, Lindsay Elmore drives a Nissan UD for Linfox out of Townsville and carries general freight locally and to Charters Towers and the Burdekin.
This truckie has done something that no other truck driver I have spoken to in the past 10 years has – that is to have a break in his sleeper box off the Flinders Highway at the top of the Burra Range between Torren’s Creek and Pentland in north Queensland after dark.