WALLACE, Bruce

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Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2014.

 

Bruce Wallace first became involved in trucks at the age of 14 while working on the family farm driving his father’s petrol F600 Ford to the silos at harvest time. The family later purchased a twin steer stub nose ACCO which they had for two years. Not long after a brand new S Line Intertnational was added to the fleet.

 

By the time he was 19 Bruce had his full licence and began his solo career carting hay over the Blue Mountains from Cowra to Sydney every night. He spent two years on interstate working for several truck companies before deciding to make Wagga Wagga home in 1986. Bruce then started work for Enerver’s Transport driving an S Line International carting wool to Melbourne and Sydney from the Riverina, and returning with keg and packaged beer. He done this run five nights a week. After three years Bruce moved to Shearer’s Bulk Haulage, also out of Wagga Wagga, driving a T600 with a Lusty convertible. Bruce carted potatoes from Leeton and Narrandera to the Sydney markets and then back loaded with bulk fertiliser out of Newcastle and sometimes Port Kembla.

 

Due to injuries sustained in a bad truck accident in 1993 at Bookham, Bruce took on local work for Shearer’s delivering milk around New South Wales for a number of years. He then moved to Churchill Transport at Holbrook for five years steering a T904 Kenworth with B-double taut liners. The KW T904 is still Bruces’ favourite truck. It was during this time that Bruce first did the run across ‘the paddock’ as the Nullarbor was then called by the truckies who ran it. The Nullarbor is flat and almost treeless but Bruce had always wanted to do it. He drove it with 3.5 metre oversize load allowing him to see the country while driving during daylight hours and getting plenty of sleep during the dark hours.

 

In 2012 Bruce started working for Durkin Freighters (Thorpdale) driving a T909 with B-double taut liners carting produce to the Sydney and Brisbane markets and returning with reels of paper from Visy. During his time on the road Bruce has earned himself a reputation as a well respected and professional driver.

 



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