WITH BOB REILY FORMER BIG RIGS EDITOR
What Toowoombado you still do writingnow? I’m and based workingin as a freelance journalist.
Whatof Big periodRigs? I of was time editor were at you Big editorRigs from mid-2007 until late 2009.
How did you end up as editor? I was invited to take up the role when the previous editor left.
What did you love about the job? The people, the stories, the trucks. What did you hate about the job? I worked on Big Rigs in those years as the sole journalist, so it was busy at times.
How have things changed since you were editor? As with everything, there have been lots of changes, some good, some in hindsight, not so good.
What changes do you like/ don’t like? As above, but there are, arguably, still too many rules and regulations. On the plus side: truck build-quality now is amazing; the ever-evolving use of computer technology in trucking; PBS
initiatives in truck and trailer design and their resultant on-road applications.
What were some of the highlights
when you were editor? I was very “hands-on” providing on-the-ground coverage of Trucks in Action at Warragul, the Sydney Truck Show, the Melbourne Truck Show, the Perth Truck Show, the Brisbane Truck Show, the Lights on the Hill Convoy and other truck events, plus a number of new model and product launches with Isuzu, Mack, Kenworth and others, plus covering the ill-fated 2008 truckies’ shutdown, and also the move to fatigue management.
Do you still read Big Rigs? I’ve just caught up on the four latest editions up to No. 20 of 2016.
What are some of the old sections you remember/ like? The truck and driver interview sections, especially the Westbound on the Warrego one which I contributed for a number of years, and some of my front page stories.
How long have you been in the industry or editor of an industry mag? I’ve only ever been editor of one title – Big Rigs – but I’ve been assistant editor, production editor and associate editor on others. I have been a regular contributor to four or five Aussie truck titles, one for more than 30 years.
How many more years do you reckon you’ll stay and why? A few more years yet. There’s more k’s to make, words to write and photos to take.
What do you love about the industry? Its people, and the trucks. What don’t you love? It’d have to be too many regulations, too many rules, too many out-of-touch decision makers, and for some out there, not enough consistent, fairly and timely, paid work.
What’s your best industry related memory of the past 25 years? Too hard to single one out really, but working with the Big Rigs team as editor is right up there.
What’s your worst industry related memory of the past 25 years? Losing mates.
Former Big Rigs editor Bob Reilly when he was still with the team.