ALL that Alan Lever ever wanted to do was drive a truck.
Impatience overriding legality, Alan hitch-hiked to Brisbane where he didn’t need to produce a birth certificate, put his age up by three years and gained his licence.
When asked if he was 14 and put his age up to 17, or in fact he was 17 and put his age up to 20, Alan’s response was “we won’t go there”.
“My brother, Doug had, at least got his licence legally. I remember we got pulled up in Victoria one time by a greatly respected policeman, Charlie Sinclair,” he said.
“Charlie used to come up to Lake Illawarra all the time and knew mum and dad. He said ‘Jesus! You boys are twins, yeah? Your mother must have been awfully sick when she had you two’. I said ‘but you knew that, Charlie’.
“He said, ‘I did, but looking at your licences here, there’s three years difference in your ages. That’s one hell of a pregnancy!’
“It was a different world back then.”