ROBERTS, Grant

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Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2011.

Grant "Robbo" Roberts hailed from Otorohanga, NZ. At twenty Robbo decided the excitement of Australia was a better prospect than living in the land of Zephyrs and moved across to WA. Robbo had his twenty-first birthday in Bencubbin. He became part of the community and started playing Aussie rules football for Bencubbin.

In 1984 Robbo moved to Kununurra and gained employment with Carol Dickie operating a D7G on the Gibb River Rd. Soon after he started working for Grant Young at Plant Hire Service operating his first truck which was an Acco 2150 B and worked on reconstruction of Truscott Airstrip. With diesel now in his veins he soon started driving for Petherick Livestock Transport in Kununurra driving a 525 Valueliner. Robbo was hooked. In addition to being in love with the Mack, Robbo met his match and married Vicki. This became productive with the arrival of Luke in 1990 when Robbo purchased his first truck, an LTL Louiseville. A daughter (Kaitlyn) arrived and so did a W-model Kenworth which began his extra-marital affair with Kenworth. This was followed by various T 950s and T 904s.

Robbo loved the road and set up a business carting nationwide, in particular to the Kimberley and NT where his trucks still run today. His wife Vicki and mate John Pearsall look after his business due to an accident in 2007 which left Robbo disabled in a wheel chair.

G & V Roberts run five trucks and support five subbies on a regular basis. Robbo attends his yard once a week to ensure his boys are all okay and behaving and you can see with the look in his eye he would love to be behind the wheel of one of his beloved Kenworths.