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A piece of Australia’s trucking history

Friday, October 30th, 2009

AEC Stock Train advert

AEC Stock Train advert

A 1961 Truck and Bus Transportation advertisement for an AEC stock train. This picture is reproduced with the kind permission of MaxiTrans from ATA ‘s photo archive.

Aussie truckie dies from stray bullet on job

Friday, June 26th, 2009
Bill Hearne Pic.

Bill Hearne Pic.

Alison Rehn
June 26, 2009 10:35am
THE wife of a truck driver caught in the crossfire of a violent Sydney shooting said her husband loved driving trucks.
Canberra truck driver Bob Knight, 66, was killed by a stray bullet as he drove past a shootout in Sydney’s south-west overnight.
The gunshots were fired during an altercation between a group of men in the car park of KFC in Milperra Road, Milperra – the suburb which was the scene of Sydney’s most famous bikie massacre – about 10:40pm last night, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Mr Knight’s wife Jeanette today paid tribute to her husband of 45 years, describing him as a “wonderful man and a lovely grandfather”.
At her home in the North Canberra suburb of Macgregor, Mrs Knight this morning told The Daily Telegraph her husband had two loves in life – dogs, and driving trucks.
“He was the most perfectionist driver. He was born to be a truckie,” she said.
Jeanette and Bob married in 1964 and had two children, David and Cathy, and three grandchildren, Georgia, three, Alli, 11, and Josh, 20.
The close-knit family gathered at the Knights’ home, with Bob’s pet German shepherds barking in the background.
“Dogs and trucks he loved,” Mrs Knight said.
“I think he would have worked till the end, and that’s what he did.
“He was just loving, giving to everybody. He was a wonderful husband. He loved life. He was very respected in the trucking industry.”
Mrs Knight said she knew something was wrong this morning when her daughter and family friends turned up, and woke her up.
“I was aware he wasn’t home because the lights were all on. And then my daughter just said, ‘Mum, wake up. Wake up’.
“I still can’t believe it. If the truck had rolled over, I could accept that. Not this.”
Mrs Knight said she still wanted to know exactly what happened, and why.
Police say an examination of the crime scene overnight indicates the truck driver was travelling along Milperra Road at the time of the shooting and was shot in the head.

Investigations at this point have ruled out links to Sydney’s on-going bikie wars.
After two other men aged in their 20s were also shot in the gunfight, the first Bankstown police on the scene chased a car speeding away through the streets of Milperra.
Police suggest more than three men – possibly as many as six – were involved in an argument at 10.40pm in the carpark of the KFC restaurant on the corner of Henry Lawson Drive and Milperra Road.
Officers called to the scene found a 26-year-old man, who is believed to have been involved in the firefight, suffering multiple gunshot wounds.
He was taken to Liverpool Hospital where he has undergone surgery and is in a serious but stable condition.
A 25-year-old man attended Bankstown Hospital on Thursday night with gunshot wounds.
He was transferred to Liverpool Hospital where he is undergoing surgery and is reported to be in a serious condition.
The driver of the car – a man believed aged in his 20s – was arrested and taken to Bankstown police station where he is now being held in custody.
Police also searched the area surrounding KFC and tragically, found the truck driver slumped in his white prime mover with TNT B-double trailers not far from the outlet.
The truck’s headlights were still on as paramedics worked frantically to try to revive the truckie but he died from massive head injuries.
A short time later one man attended Bankstown Hospital with gunshot wounds to the stomach.
A third man suffering chest wounds was taken by paramedics to Liverpool Hospital.
Both men were in serious but stable conditions today.

Earth Cruiser at Brisbane Truck Show

Monday, May 4th, 2009

The world’s first unveiling of ‘Earth Cruiser’ and it’s made in Australia !
Regular readers could be forgiven for thinking the Queensland Truck & Machinery Show being held at Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds this coming May 14 -17 will be an event just for the heavy vehicle and mining industry, but they would be pleasantly surprised!

For at the 2009 show there will be plenty to see and do for the whole family, with some amazing big rigs, trailers, diggers and earthmoving equipment to thrill the youngsters and some amazing creative and visually stunning concept vehicles to attract and satisfy any audience.
Amongst those who should consider a trip to the show would also be the adventurous holiday makers or the budding grey nomads and thrill seeking cross country and across the globe explorers who want to do it in luxury surroundings. Because on exclusive display at this year’s show will be the world’s first unveiling of ‘Earth Cruiser’ an all terrain 4×4 motor home that offers extended and comfortable travel to places that most people only read about in adventure magazines, while still benefiting from luxurious accommodation.

More than just a mobile home for driving around coastline and countryside ‘Earth Cruiser’ delivers the opportunity to adventure to exotic parts of the world that extend beyond the map where a standard mobile home could never venture! Extensive market research has shown that a medium sized 4×4 motor home with luxury and energy saving appointments that can simply be driven into a shipping container for international touring, is missing from the world stage.
Earth Cruiser is purpose built by ‘All Terrain Motorhomes’ a Queensland company owned and operated by two talented individuals, Kym Bolton and Lance Gillies, each with over 25 years experience in their respective fields.

The first ever EarthCruiser will be on the Mitsubishi Fuso stand at the Queensland Truck & Machinery Show RNA Showgrounds 14 – 17 May 2009.