Greats of Freight: Shell Rim­ula Wall of Fame cer­e­mony

Cur­rent and for­mer trans­port com­pany own­ers and driv­ers were recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tions to the in­dus­try at this year’s Shell Rim­ula Wall of Fame cer­e­mony. Cobey Bar­tels re­ports from the Na­tional Road Trans­port Hall of Fame in Alice Springs

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The Na­tional Road Trans­port Hall of Fame re­union sees hun­dreds, some­times thou­sands, of truck­ing and trans­port leg­ends flock to Alice Springs each year. You’ll be hard pressed find­ing this many truck­ies in one place: young and old, male and fe­male – all with diesel in their blood and a view of the high­way never far from their mind.

This year’s Re­union took place on the last week­end in Au­gust, kick­ing off with the emo­tion­ally-charged Shell Rim­ula Wall of Fame cer­e­mony, where 70-odd trans­port he­roes were hon­oured for their ser­vice to the in­dus­try.

Proud truck­ies, fam­ily mem­bers, col­leagues, and vol­un­teers gath­ered in the Hall of Fame for the cer­e­mony on Sat­ur­day morn­ing, eyes drawn to the floor-to-ceil­ing mem­o­ra­bilia lin­ing the walls.

You walk into the Wall of Fame cer­e­mony, whether it’s your first time or your 10th, and you are guar­an­teed to leave with an even greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the road trans­port in­dus­try than be­fore – it’s a one-of-a-kind event.

Pro­ceed­ings com­menced with an ad­dress from much-loved Hall of Fame chief ex­ec­u­tive Liz Martin – the self­less in­dus­try icon be­hind the op­er­a­tion. Martin took the time to thank spon­sors, vol­un­teers, and at­ten­dees for mak­ing the Wall of Fame cer­e­mony pos­si­ble.

“We have many spon­sors who stepped up to the plate for us and I’d also like to thank all of you in­di­vid­u­als that do­nate pho­tos, trucks

I think it would have made my late dad pretty proud.

Above: Wall of Fame In­ductee John Brad­ford stands proud at the en­trance to the fa­mous Road Trans­port Hall of Fame in Alice Springs

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