Robert Glenn was inducted into the Wall of Fame.
Robert Glenn was inducted into the Wall of Fame.

Characters shine at HOF reunion

THERE were lots of characters at this year's Hall of Fame Reunion.

Noel Wiech was just one of them.

His first experience with trucks was in the early 1950s while working on the family farm at Kybunga, SA.

He bought his first truck - a Ford V-8 petrol with a Mercury Motor and body tipper - from Reg Kruse with one million miles on the clock.

Noel used the truck on gravel jobs where the gravel had to be shovelled by hand out of a creek bed, onto the bank and then into the tipper.

Later he carted bagged grain from the paddock and delivered it to railheads at Kybunga and Blyth, using a home-made semi-trailer with a Commer P6 powered Perkins.

He also carted crushed metal from Keith to Bordertown for Quarry Industries.

In partnership with Bruce Gosden, Noel acquired Yorktown Transport and began carting livestock and general freight to and from Adelaide.

In the 1970s they purchased Hawker Transport providing a gateway for work into northern SA, Alice Springs, Broken Hill and northern NSW.

At 85, Noel continues to be active in the company.

He still holds his R-train licence and drives the seeding bar and header at harvest. Each year he passes a medical with flying colours to retain the licence.

  • Robert (Berrima Bob) Glenn started driving trucks in 1963 at age 17.

Over the years he has owned a number of trucks including pre 1970s International Acco.

His most memorable truck was his 1982 Mack Cruise Liner and very favourite was his 2003 Kenworth K104 which is still being worked.

Bob, together with wife Sue, has run Berrima Transport for 51 years.

To this day their three children still joke about family holidays having to involve travelling in the truck to whereever a load may be available.

Bob's love of his occupation has taken him across Australia, including carting equipment for the oil rigs at Barry's Beach and to central Australia for the gas fields.

Bob started driving interstate in the early 1970s.

For the past 25 years Berrima Bob has sub-contracted to TNT and is currently doing the Sydney to Melbourne run.

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