I would like to pay trib­ute to Ge­off “Paro” Par­adise.

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Ge­off was a pub­lisher of Truck­ing & Trans­port To­day and Coach & Bus To­day. He re­cently turned PR man for Daim­ler Trucks Aus­tralia. He is the fa­ther of the le­gendary Street Ma­chine mag­a­zine and other great mo­tor­ing ti­tles but be­yond that he was a mate and al­ways gave me hon­est ad­vice and an on­go­ing free­lance gig when I needed it most.

a con­tract with my eyes closed for years as he would tell me ex­actly what he thought of the pub­lish­ing house or pub­lisher in ques­tion. He was never short of an opin­ion and be­ing in the in­dus­try so long it was an opin­ion I val­ued greatly. His opin­ions and ad­vice ex­tended to Aus­tralian Cus­tom Trucks. He of­fered his graphic de­signer, put me in con­tact with his prin­ter and gave me his ad­vice on how to get my idea off the ground.

He was quick to of­fer con­struc­tive crit­i­cism and ideas for im­prove­ment and I will miss his coun­sel greatly. For a pub­lisher he went well be­yond the call of duty in of­fer­ing his wis­dom, so I thank him.

He died on Fe­bru­ary 17, at just 61 years of age, of in­juries sus­tained in a low speed crash with a school bus close to his home the week ear­lier. our sin­cer­est and deep­est con­do­lences at his pass­ing.

We have been trav­el­ling a fair bit in the last few months chas­ing the truck shows and hot trucks across the coun­try.

I have had a few calls in the last month from very loyal read­ers speak­ing very highly of our hum­ble pub­li­ca­tions. I al­ways sus­pected we had some­thing spe­cial re­cently dis­trib­uted by another trans­port ti­tle Power Torque show­ing that we have made a mark in the trans­port in­dus­try pub­li­ca­tion mar­ket.

one to our fans and the mar­ket we are oc­cu­py­ing, and that, to me, is spe­cial. Our read­ers are di­verse, from the older sea­soned trans­port vet­er­ans to the young and com­ing up­starts. From driv­ers, owner driv­ers and the bosses of some of the most well renowned trans­port com­pa­nies in the coun­try.

The com­mon theme from the folks that call me or who I meet at the dif­fer­ent truck shows we go to is we con­tinue to pro­vide some­thing dif­fer­ent from the other of­fer­ings on the mar­ket. The other thing is peo­ple are look­ing at the trucks within these pages for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. The rea­sons I like the best is to ad­mire what can be done to trucks Down Un­der and to in­spire peo­ple with ideas for their next ve­hi­cle.

Our read­ers are happy, our ad­ver­tis­ers are busy, and this is good for the in­dus­try. Till next time. En­joy the read.

Chris Smith Edi­tor Aus­tralian Cus­tom Trucks chris@aus­tralian­cus­tomtrucks.com.au

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