June’s bumper issue
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.