Hall of fame gong for life on the road
After dedicating almost 65 years of his life to driving trucks, Glen Iris man Ken Mead was inducted into the Shell Rimula National Road Transport Hall of Fame last month.
Despite turning 80 next week, Mr Mead’s passion for his work meant he never retired.
“I didn’t think it was necessary,” he said.
In fact, he had just finished a weekend of driving goods from Picton to the wharf when sat down with the South Western Times.
His wife Peggy said while he did not show a lot of excitement, he was very proud.
“He got quite nervous on the day when they were going to present it and as a family we were so excited for him,” Mrs Mead said.
Mr Mead was born in Narembeen but grew up in Chowerup where his father farmed and drove the district school bus.
It was here in 1954, at just 15 years of age, where Mr Mead first got behind the wheel of a truck – an International L162 – which he used to cart short logs for the local timber mill.
His love for driving trucks was fully realised in 1984 when he purchased and rebuilt the engine of a M112 Scania and 40ft trailer.
One of his biggest adventures came about in 2000, when he drove
South West trucking identity Ken Meadhas been inducted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame.