Hall of fame gong for life on the road

South Western Times - - News -

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

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

South West truck­ing iden­tity Ken Mead­has been in­ducted into the Na­tional Road Trans­port Hall of Fame.

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