DOYLE, Graeme

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Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2010.

Graeme Doyle, a truck driver for 57 years, was there when some of Australia’s biggest names in the interstate haulage business were starting out: George Dow, John Collins, Foxy, Singo and Eastoes just to name a few.

His interest in trucks and his first driving job came about more by chance then a clear decision to get behind the wheel. He was mad about all things with wheels that made noise, such as motorbikes, cars or trucks and when Graeme was asked by his boss if he wanted to drive a ’52 Model Ford tipper from his gypsum mine in Hattah, Victoria to the Hattah railhead, sixteen and unlicensed, Graeme jumped at the chance. That was it; the trucking bug had well and truly got him.

That was the beginning. He was into tippers then onto semis; the first were the Pommy trucks which were “King of the Road” in the fifties and sixties. Over the years Graeme’s career has varied as much as the trucks he has driven. He's had jobs carting livestock, general freight, express, refrigeration, tankers, car carrying, heavy haulage and has been  an owner driver. Then in 1963 Graeme started overnight express when Comet was started up by T.N.T and Alltrans driving V8 Dodges. Next he went to Ipec, Dart and Kwikasair.

One of the good times was driving a Knocker carting white goods for Ron Hartridge when Ross Jens was the manager.

Graeme spent the remainder of his fifty-five years of driving running between the four main capitals of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. At 73 years old Graeme is still driving interstate, but not as much as he once did..