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.