MADILL, Wayne

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Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2012.

Wayne Madill left school as soon as he was able to just after completing form four to start working full time alongside his father in the family furniture business, Rainbow Furniture Removals.

Known to his mates on the road as ‘Waynebow’, Wayne has always had a love for trucks which is not surprising given his family history. His father Alan had been an owner-driver all his life and Wayne often would go on trips with him. He was soon put to work doing weekly trips on the Newell Highway running from Melbourne to Brisbane return. In 1986 he replaced the Acco he’d been driving with a custom built Mack which holds a treasured memory for his sister as it was used as her bridal car (truck).

After 10 years on the Newell Highway it was time for the much loved Mack to be replaced. This time Wayne decided on a Kenworth. After his parents sold the family business in 1995 Wayne sub-contracted for Furniture Freighters running the Newell Highway on a weekly service. Another few years passed and Wayne thought he needed a change from furniture removals after driving on the Newell Highway for approximately 25 years. He joined his two younger brothers at K & R Cooper Distribution in Brisbane carting general freight on the Bruce Highway to Cairns. Wayne eventually sold his Kenworth and became a company driver for K & R Cooper. In 2012 he drives a B-Double with Mack prime-mover on the on the same route.

Wayne was featured in Truckin’ Life magazine, a publication he is dedicated to. He holds every issue from day one in his personal collection. Wayne is known on the road as a safe, reliable and professional driver who has a remarkable driving record for someone that has been driving on the highway for most of his life. Wayne is an ideal role model for younger people coming into the industry and is always willing to lend a hand to those in need in his own quiet way. Wayne is recognised on the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame for his ongoing contribution to the transport industry.

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