Leigh Madew


WELL we surely have some in­ter­est­ing and knowl­edge­able friends out there, driv­ers that are al­ways a plea­sure to catch up with, and so it was the other day at the Cal­tex at Ep­ping For­est, when we caught up with the Guru (aka Leigh Madew from Mon­trose).

He was driv­ing his eye catch­ing clas­sic, Mem­phis Truck­ing 1992 362 Peter­bilt and was tow­ing a box from Ho­bart to Devon­port, as a change from car car­ry­ing.

He told us he has had the Peter­bilt on the road now for 10 months or so, with enough work to keep him happy, and Mem­phis beam­ing proudly while Dad op­er­ates HER truck.

He said he is en­joy­ing be­ing an owner driver with more flex­i­ble hours and that gen­er­ally keeps Trina and Mem­phis happy.

He is also rel­ish­ing be­ing in a “pre-com­puter era” truck, and is en­joy­ing “liv­ing the dream” so far.

“Well I am happy with the truck and, in fact, after 32 years on the road, I’d have to say it’s mostly been a great ca­reer choice for me, with very few re­grets.”

Time off will find him, when not main­tain­ing the Peter­bilt, at home in his in­cred­i­ble shed, with the best col­lec­tion of mem­o­ra­bilia we have ever seen, in­clud­ing a cou­ple of im­mac­u­late vin­tage cars and with Ned Mor­ri­son’s 1964 Ken­worth 923, the first Ken­worth to be im­ported into Tas­ma­nia, mostly parked in the drive.

Not to men­tion Mem­phis bust­ing with pride at hav­ing her very own truck at last.

Fi­nally he asked us to say a word of thanks to Rus­sell and An­drew for their as­sis­tance and en­cour­age­ment in getting him up and run­ning.

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