Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2010.
Trucks have always been in Jimmy’s blood. At the age of thirteen, after school, he would race to Pearce’s Transport Depot in Wyong on the central coast of NSW just so he could reverse the trucks up a few yards and refuel them with the hand pump.
Jimmy left school when he was fourteen and started as a truckie's offsider with Pearce’s Transport carting gravel and sand from a local quarry. At seventeen he obtained his truck licence and this began Jimmy’s trucking career in earnest. It was a career he thrived in.
Jimmy worked a while for Davies Brothers in Wyong before moving to Waters and McPhan in Gosford. He started off carting eggs between Sydney and Newcastle and then, being married with 2 young children, he started interstate in 1957 earning 25 pounds per trip. For 10 years he carted fruit and vegetables from Gosford to Brisbane markets and picked up whatever freight he could for the return trip. Working long hard hours saw him start to reap the rewards and Jimmy was able to go shares in a new B61 Mack before establishing his company “Dyer Road Transport” with his wife Pat in 1968. The 70 miles of dirt between Moree and Bogabilla “shook his teeth out” in the old B61 so they upgraded to a G88 Volvo “for a bit of comfort”. Jimmy’s trips were exhausting; loading fruit and vegetables in Sydney Tuesdays, unloading in Gunnedah Wednesday morning, loading cotton seed in Narrabri, unloading in Brisbane (all by hand) then back to Gosford by the following Saturday.
Jimmy’s trucks were always blue and white and kept immaculate by the family (himself, mum and five devoted daughters) with Saturday’s ritual washing and service. Over the years Jimmy had five Volvos and finished his 52 year accident-free driving career with a Scania in 2002.
Most of his trucks were named “Giddy-Up-Go” and he was well known on the road as “Gentleman Jim”.