Truckie in hall of fame

Wick­hams driver re­ceives na­tional award af­ter five decades haul­ing big rigs on our roads

Warwick Daily News - - WELCOME - TOM GILLE­SPIE

FROM the mo­ment Peter Cruse stepped into his first truck as an 18-year-old, he knew it was how he wanted to earn a quid.

The 71-year-old road trans­port vet­eran and Wick­hams truckie has been recog­nised by the in­dus­try for his ca­reer span­ning five decades.

Mr Cruse, who lives in Al­lora, was in­ducted into the Na­tional Road Trans­port Hall of Fame in Alice Springs last week.

It was truly love at first drive when the New Zealand ex­pa­tri­ate got his heavy trans­port li­cence in the 1960s.

“I left school at 15 and went to work in a earth-mov­ing firm and a lot of them would drive ma­chin­ery,” he said.

“When I was 18, I got a heavy trans­port li­cence and never looked back.

“Once you start it, it just gets into your blood. I al­ways en­joyed it, and I loved the dis­tance and the fact you’re your own boss.”

Mr Cruse’s favourite run was from Toowoomba to Dar­win, which usu­ally took about eight days to com­plete.

But he said driv­ing trucks was not with­out its chal­lenges.

“When I first did the Dar­win run, there were no air-con­di­tion­ers in trucks,” Mr Cruse said.

“I en­joy the chal­lenges and think­ing every sit­u­a­tion out. It’s not just sit­ting in a chair and turn­ing a wheel.

“It’s all changed now – it’s all prob­a­bly for the bet­ter, but for a lot of your ca­reer it was just, ‘here’s your load, get it there as fast as you can’.”

Mr Cruse paid trib­ute to his wife Lynne for sup­port­ing his ca­reer, say­ing it took a “spe­cial woman” to marry a truckie.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

LIFE­TIME ACHIEVE­MENT: Truck driver Peter Cruse has been in­ducted into the Na­tional Road Trans­port Hall of Fame.

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