June’s bumper is­sue

Owner Driver - - Behind The Wheel - Greg Bush

IT’S A RAR­ITY for a truck pub­li­ca­tion to in­clude a lengthy ar­ti­cle about a truck deal­er­ship group, let alone six pages’ worth. But that’s ex­actly what Owner//Driver is fea­tur­ing in this month’s edi­tion. No or­di­nary deal­er­ship, mind you. We’re talk­ing Brown & Hur­ley, a name syn­ony­mous with the Ken­worth brand in Aus­tralia. Our in­trepid tech­ni­cal edi­tor Steve Brooks made the trip to north­ern New South Wales to the town of Kyo­gle, the birth­place of the first Brown & Hur­ley out­let to un­cover the his­tory be­hind what is still a thriv­ing fam­ily-based multi-branch op­er­a­tion.

Brown & Hur­ley are part of Aus­tralia’s truck­ing folk­lore. Then again, a num­ber of the classic trucks which made their way up the old Hume High­way in Vic­to­ria in April go even fur­ther back than 1946, the year Alan Brown and Jack Hur­ley first opened their doors for busi­ness.

Crawlin’ the Hume is a bi­en­nial event, run­ning from Camp­bell­field in Mel­bourne’s north to Al­bury. Trucks en­tered must be at least 25 years old, a lit­tle younger than the NSW equiv­a­lent, Haulin’ The Hume, which is on again next year. Still, Crawlin’ The Hume boasted a 1920 Mo­tel T among the con­voy of trucks, which is pic­tured along with many of the par­tic­i­pants in a spe­cial fea­ture start­ing on page 32 of this is­sue.

We also high­light a cou­ple of op­er­a­tor sto­ries this month – not the large cor­po­rate fleet type but those which started from hum­ble be­gin­nings as a one- or two-truck op­er­a­tion be­fore suc­cess de­manded they boost the busi­ness and buy more trucks.

One of those op­er­a­tions is based in north­ern NSW, the other in south-east Queens­land. it also ap­pears that both have a lik­ing for the Ken­worth brand.

For those into car rac­ing, War­ren Aitken catches up with Te­kno Au­tosports car trans­porter driver Michael Shor­tus, who not only pi­lots the com­pany’s West­ern Star 4800, but gets up and close personal with Te­kno’s pre­cious McLaren and Fer­rari. How­ever, for in­ge­nu­ity alone, Ea­monn Cum­mins and his birth­day par­tyin­spired Sca­nia takes the cake - lit­er­ally.

For in­spi­ra­tional art­work, it’s hard to go past Mick Clee­land’s two Ken­worths - one a striking trib­ute to his late son, the other in honour of his un­cle who never re­turned from World War II.

There’s much more to of­fer in this month’s 104-page Owner//Driver, in­clud­ing a new reg­u­lar col­umn from Volvo’s fuel-ef­fi­ciency man­ager Matt Wood.

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