EVANS, Roger

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

Roger Evans was one of those kids that was always going to be a truck driver. All the other kids were into aircraft or cars and motorbikes but with Roger it was always heavy trucks. The interest really took hold in 1977 when living in a caravan park on the Victoria Highway in Katherine not far from Buntines depot. He would ride his pushbike down the road to watch the now famous green and white roadtrains come and go. Mack dominated the Buntine fleet at the time and was easily the most popular roadtrain truck of the era and Roger firmly became a MACK man which still holds true today.

Roger had an inauspicious start in the industry itself when he began driving a little Mitsubishi Canter tray top as a 16 year old in late 1983. By early 1984 he had purchased a little Bedford tray top instead of a car and at the age of 17 became an owner driver which he remained up until mid 2003, a total of 21 years.

His own trucks were mainly rigids involved in metro and interstate work in S.A. Over the last 6 or so years Roger has driven buses and coaches in Roxby Downs, done an outback mail run up to Leigh Creek from Port Augusta but most of his time has been spent driving roadtrains in the Cooper Basin in the far north of S.A, He moved oil rigs and carted crude oil, fuel and water in the oil exploration industry. Currently Roger is driving triples in the mining sector in the W.A. goldfields.

Roger’s interest in trucks and heavy machinery has seen him take a camera everywhere he travelled over the past 30 years and as such he has built up one of the most comprehensive private photographic collections of Australia’s ever-evolving road transport industry.

Roger continuously promotes the industry where-ever he travels, whether behind the wheel of a roadtrain or on trips around the countryside photographing trucks. His material has been in schools and further education programs to promote trucking as a career.