Rumours rile Hall of Fame organiser
National Road Transport Hall of Fame chief executive Liz Martin is looking for new blood to take over the Alice Springs site’s operations
IN MARCH 2018, Owner//Driver ran a story on the Shell Rimula-sponsored National Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs after the site’s managers threatened to relocate to Broken Hill following a soft approach to crime from the Northern Territory Government.
Liz Martin, Hall of Fame chief executive, estimated that $100,000 worth of damage was inflicted over a two year period, and she claimed the government was doing little to nothing to curb the crime.
However, new rumours posted on social media sites have stirred the pot, casting doubt on the future of the Alice Springs’ site.
Martin has discredited the many claims made, adding that they are “just totally out of line and misinformed”.
“There are a lot of outright lies and it’s a small group of people being negative,” she says.
“There are some personal issues there, and out of about 2,000 members Australia-wide, it’s about 20 that are causing all the grief.
“These rumours hurt the Hall of Fame.”
Talk of trucks being taken from the Hall of Fame and relocated is false according to Martin, outlining to Owner//Driver that two trucks have recently left but they had finished their temporary loan tenure, which happens routinely as the museum rotates vehicles.
The rumours come at a time when Martin is ready to retire, wanting to take a step back and hand over the day-to-day operations to a new chief executive.
She explains that gossip about her moving the Hall of Fame to another state would defeat the purpose of her retiring.
“I no longer want to do the work that I’ve been doing for 20 years there, so obviously I won’t be taking it anywhere else,” Martin says.
“The Hall of Fame will only be done for if Alice Springs doesn’t stand up. I think someone will come forward for the role.”
Difficulties finding a replacement, Martin believes, are in part due to the constant misinformation surrounding the future of the organisation.
“I actually resigned about 18 months ago but we haven’t found someone to replace me.
“While these rumours are circulating, they won’t find someone because of what’s being said.”
As for the Hall of Fame Reunion, it’s a go-ahead for 2019 and the bumper 2020 event is also set to rock Alice Springs.
“The Hall of Fame Reunion is going to happen and we have about 400 people booked in for 2019, and about 5,000 booked for 2020. But, 2020 is the big reunion and we expect those numbers to triple.
“That 2020 reunion will technically be my last, but if I’m still fit and able I might give it a couple more years!”
Martin urges anyone suitable to take over the role to come forward and contact her, but says she’s still willing to put the reunion events together.
“If anyone is interested, contact me. We already have a job description and I have a good friend of mine who’s willing to go in for 12 months while we get a new crew in place.
“I’m happy to go back and do the reunions in Alice Springs because I really enjoy doing it and enjoy the people,” Martin says.
“Whoever takes it on, my team is happy to do that, but the day-to-day operations need to be taken over. I am ready to retire.”
“The Hall of Fame Reunion is going to happen and we have about 400 people booked in for 2019, and about 5,000 booked for 2020.”
Flashback to Alice Springs 2015: Liz Martin receives the inaugural Special Recognition Award alongside former National Transport Insurance industry and government relations manager Owen Driscoll and legendary truck importer Max Winkless, who were both Transport Icon Award recipients. Photo Greg Bush