Gavin John Vaughan was born in Geraldton, Western Australia, in 1964. Leaving school at 15, Gavin had his first taste of the transport industry when he accompanied his dad, Ross, running general freight from Perth to Darwin, Northern Territory. However, his father wanted him to have a trade so Gavin commenced a four-year apprenticeship as a Vehicle Body Builder/First Class Welder at Northwest Engineering
In the Christmas holidays, Gavin did two trips with his father to Darwin and it was there that he obtained his MC Licence. In 1979 Gavin completed his apprenticeship and started working as a fulltime driver for his father at Vaughan Transport, pulling trailers to Carnarvon, Western Australia, in a G89 Volvo.
Gavin then purchased his first truck, an F86 Volvo, 6x4 tipper and tri-axle trailer to cart grain around Geraldton. After two years of being an owner driver, he went back to driving for Vaughan Transport until 1993. In that year, Gavin purchased a T900 from Titan Haulage in Adelaide. He then became a subcontractor for Gascoyne Trading, then Wesfarmers, carting refrigerated and general freight to Broome, Western Australia every Friday night.
In 2001 Gavin was able to buy his first brand new truck, a Kenworth T904 which he drove for another two years on the Broome run until he was offered subcontracting work with BGC Cement, pulling cement tankers. This led him to sell his T904 and purchase a Kenworth K104 8x4. He worked as a subby at Buckeridge Group of Companies for four years at which time he was asked to take over the reins of the family business, Vaughan Transport.
Gavin is still running Vaughan Transport in Midvale, Western Australia, thankful for the great team that he has around him. He is grateful for the opportunity to practice his trade, fabricating transport equipment, and still gets to take trucks out for a trip.
Inducted in 2021