VICK, Trevor John

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

Trevor was born in 1932 in Tongala in Victoria, the first of four sons.  Three sons and their father would eventually end up driving in the ransport industry. Trevor was a legend in his own right and a masterful driver who dedicated his life to the transport industry and to instructing the younger drivers under his watchful eye.

Trevor hated school so left at age 14 and worked doing labouring jobs around the district but he found it difficult because of the impact on his health and fitness as a result of poliomyelitis when he was a child. Eventually he ended up in Morwell working for the Sewerage Authority on the town being built which is where he gained his Drainage Ticket. Trevor lived in huts and made friends with the migrant population and they travelled around the countryside on their motorbikes.

Four years later he commenced his career in the transport industry working for the Tongala Milk factory collecting milk cans from the farmers.  In 1956 he bought a transport business in Lockington, Victoria driving a Ford 1955 F 600 truck which involved carting mainly cattle, but he also carted numerous “poddy” calves, hay, fruit and tomatoes in season. This was the start of Trevor literally travelling millions of miles, often as far as the Queensland border, and he had a reputation amongst farmers for his care of the stock entrusted to him. During this time Trevor owned several trucks; some faster than others, some better than others with his all time favourite being a black Kenworth: – he stated that he loved the sound the engine made.  This career and contribution to the National Transport Industry was to continue for the next 32 years before he sold his business to O’Sullivans from Elmore. Trevor continued to drive for them for the next 17 years before retiring at age 73.

Trevor was well-known in the district as a good footballer and was asked to train with the Carlton Football Club but his disability restricted his playing life. This didn’t stop him though from working.  He was known as hard working, reliable, honest and good with stock as well as being well-respected by his fellow drivers. All who knew Trevor spoke of his passion for truck driving. Trevor dedicated his life to the transport industry and to mentoring the younger drivers.