Q&A

WITH BOB REILY FOR­MER BIG RIGS EDI­TOR

Big Rigs - - TRUCKIN’ IN THE TROP­ICS WITH ALF WIL­SON -

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.

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