KAY, Dick

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

Richard Kay was born into a family of twelve children and the only child born outside the Northern Territory on an undisclosed date. His birtdate is now correct on his truck licence. He returned to the NT at the age of one. Of the three members of his family who drove trucks, he is the only one remaining in the industry.

Having started with the Water Resources some 49 years ago and gaining his first truck licence while with them, he has worked for many companies including North Australian Haulage; Australian Army and East Kimberly Transport/Buntine Roadways to name a few. He has also owned trucks; driven for Gulf Transport, Ceccon Transport, Coleman Bros.

He has a sound affiliation with Mack trucks. His career in the training industry commenced at Puckapunyal with the Army. He is well known as a respected trainer for several registered training organisations and also holds a committee position with the Northern Territory Road Transport Association.

Richard has driven a variety of trucks including Foden, Mack, Kenworth, Volvo, and Scania. He has driven all over Australia carting all types of freight. He owned, at different times, 2 Internationals, a Mack, a Mercedes Benz and a UD. His favourite truck is too hard to pick, however he did enjoy Macks and Volvos best having worked at Suttons on spanners when they were the Volvo dealers. He has travelled on some of the longest routes in Australia: Perth to Darwin in the days when there was still dirt road, from Adelaide to Darwin when there was 1000kms of dirt between Pimba and Kulgara, hauled livestock in the Kimberleys and Northern Territory mostly on dirt roads as well as having driven the interstate Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane runs.

For relaxation and to clear his head from all the administration required inthe  training which he currently delivers, he takes regular sojourns escorting over-dimension loads and driving the odd truck.

Richard is very proud of his youngest daughter who was employed by Gulf Transport as a roadtrain driver hauling iron from Francis Creek to Union Reef siding on a side tipping quad road rain. He is currently an industry trainer as well as fulfilling other roles.