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Year: 2015

Kevin commenced an apprenticeship as a diesel mechanic in 1968 at Tutt Bryant in Ashfield WA.

The diesel was already pumping in his blood but Kevin knew he did not want to work on machinery; he wanted to get behind the wheel and drive trucks.

In 1972, he met up with Pat Shine, who had a 'B' model Mack. Kevin became a two up driver with Pat, driving east/west for a year. Stan Schodde from Dunolly, now a resident in St Arnaud Victoria was also a great mentor to Kevin. When Kevin began driving the Nullarbor was 290kms of dirt highway.

Kevin then joined Jonlor Transport in Belmore, Sydney in his first full-time driving job. While working with John Wrightie Wright, he met and married his wife Sandra in Sydney. Kevin then joined Brian Taylor where he continued to drive Macks.

The pull of the West & his widowed Mum took Kevin & Sandra back to WA. Norm Smith, a WA icon in transport then called Kevin to Mt Seabrook, a talc mine near Meekatharra WA.

Next, Kevin worked for John Norrish driving Volvos all through WA. He was involved in the controversial movement of an oil drilling rig to Nookanbah Station.

The lure of the open road drew Kevin to work with Don Hitchcock, another trucking legend. Kevin drove east-west in Don's Macks & Whites.

Once Peter & Ross joined the family, Kevin understandably wanted to spend more time with them. While in Perth, Kevin drove Volvos with Des Goudge, tippers & cocky carting with Guy Ioppolo and general freight with Doug Connor.

In 1989 Kevin purchased in F model mack, realising a goal that he had for many years. He continued with Skippers Transport as a subcontractor until 1992 when he joined FCL.

2004 saw Kevin give his knees a break when he bought an auto Long-nose Mack Vision.

Kevin continues to work with his son Peter's small trucking company Macknsons driving Hino & Isuzu rigids. This allows him to keep the dream alive - getting up early, staying out late and getting the job done.

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