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Above: Viv Ire­land spoke about his ex­press years with Hawthorn Taxi Trucks Above right: Dave Hom­burg took his 1974 Ken­worth K125 on the Sylvia’s Gap Truck Run. Re­tired ex­press driver Viv Ire­land was in the pas­sen­ger seat Re­tired in­ter­state truck driver Viv Ire­land from the Cen­tral Coast, NSW, rem­i­nisced about his early truck­ing years while en­joy­ing Sylvia’s Gap Truck Run.

The 80-year-old was a pas­sen­ger in Dave Hom­burg’s 1974 Ken­worth K125. “It was very in­ter­est­ing to re­alise the nar­row­ness of the road,” Viv says. He spent most of his ca­reer north of Syd­ney but re­mem­bers oc­ca­sion­ally trav­el­ling the Sylvia’s Gap sec­tion of the old Hume High­way back in the 1960s and 1970s.

Viv joined the Army in 1956. “Part of my job was driv­ing trucks of all var­i­ous sizes.” One night he hitch­hiked from Puck­a­pun­yal to Syd­ney and a truckie let Viv drive the truck for a while. “From that time on, I was hooked.” So Viv left the Army in 1962 and spent the next 50 years driv­ing in­ter­state.

From 1968 to 1970, he trav­elled be­tween Bris­bane and Syd­ney in Hawthorn Taxi Trucks’ In­ter­na­tion­als and Dodges. “So I was on the road six nights a week, via the Putty.

“I think there was an aura about driv­ing Grey Ghosts,” says Viv, re­mem­ber­ing his time driv­ing the fa­mous trucks for Comet. “They were a very fast truck and quite ex­cit­ing to drive.”

Viv was one of the guest speak­ers at the ARTHC din­ner and shared cat-and-mouse sto­ries about evad­ing au­thor­i­ties dur­ing his years with Hawthorn Taxi Trucks.

A 400 Cum­mins pow­ers Colin Price’s 1975 White 4000 along Sylvia’s Gap Road

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