Book Review – The Driver: Australia and New Zealand on the back of a truck by Alice Mabin

The Driver – Australia and New Zealand on the back of a truck by Alice Mabin

This is  the latest book from Australia’s #1 Rural Lifestyle Photographer, Alice Mabin. The Driver: Australia and New Zealand on the back of a truck is the culmination of 18 months of hard work and dedication of both Alice and all the drivers and companies involved. The companies involved range from one truck operations such as Steve Grahame and Glenn “Yogi” Kendall (Kendall Trucking, Katanning, WA) to big companies such has Toll, Rod Pilon Transport of Dubbo, NSW, Followmont Transport and more. The reason behind this book is an accident Alice had in 2015 – a truck lost control on a wet road and hit her car, causing it to be a write-off. This caused Alice to think about writing a book about trucks – this is actually thee end result. And it’s going to go a long way to making people aware about trucks and their highly important role on Australia’s roads.

Eamonn and Julie Gavin from Gavin Transport
Amanda and Glenn (Yogi) Kendall and family – Kendall Trucking, Katanning, Western Australia
Rod Hannifey and the Truckright Industry Vehicle – Rod Pilon Transport, Dubbo, New South Wales

Rod Hannifey and the Truckright Industry Vehicle are featured for the vital job Rod does promoting road safety around trucks – this is also what Alice has set out to do with this book….. so it was natural that Rod would be featured!

Rod Hannifey’s Truckright Industry Vehicle at the 2014 Golden Oldies Truck Show

I personally have met Rod and he is a great bloke with a very important role to play in advocating road safety around trucks. Not a lot of people  understand that trucks can legally take up both lanes at a roundabout or traffic lights!

Manildra Group Flour Milling, Manildra, New South Wales – featuring Express Engineering from Dubbo
R. Stephens Tasmanian Honey, Mole Creek, Tasmania

The Stephens family have been producing honey in Tasmania for many years. One of their lines is Leatherwood Honey – the north-west coast of Tasmania is the only place where the leatherwoods grow and they only flower for a month every year. So it’s vitally important that Ewan and his brothers get the bees up to the trees as quickly as possible as it’s a 600km round trip from their base in Mole Creek.

Fonterra Group – New Zealand

Fonterra Group is one of the biggest dairy co-operatives in Australia and New Zealand. Their trucks in NZ cover a awful lot of distance collecting the milk from all the dairies across the country.

Mainfreight – New Zealand

Mainfreight is a global logistics company with head office based in New Zealand. Their business is global parcel transport and freight on-forwarding across the world. They also have a business in Australia with depots across the country.

All in all, a bloody good book that profiles road transport in a positive light – I rate it 10/10….

Available from all good bookstores and newsagents (stockist list is on the website below) or from Alice direct:
Website: – if you order online, use the code TheDriver2016 and Alice will sign it for you!

I got mine through The Book Connection in Dubbo, NSW – you can ring them on 68823311 (02 68823311 outside NSW) and they will send it to you anywhere in Australia!



Just thought I’d share this in the wake of the terrorist attack in Nice, France and the shootings in Baton Rouge, LA, USA….

Lessons from my daughter

Friendship is 2 cheerleaders helping their teammate on her first night of joining their baseball program!

Friendship means it doesn’t matter if your jersey is blue or gray, if you are having a hard time, we will hold your hands!

The world needs more of this


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Magirus-Deutz Trucks – Part 1

Magirus-Deutz Semi Bus
Magirus-Deutz Jupiter trailer bus – photo thanks to Sean Denny

I am very lucky to be of German descent on my late father’s side – so I know a little bit about Magirus-Deutz trucks. Here’s a little bit of information in Part 1 of a 2 part blog series on the other big German truck manufacturer:

1. Magirus-Deutz’s logo is a M with a stylised shape of the spire of the Ulm Cathedral (as you can see in the photo above). Magirus-Deutz trucks were made in Ulm and this is a little bit of the city on the trucks

2. Nickolas Otto founded Deutz – Deutz was the biggest manufacturer of heavy duty air-cooled diesel engines. Although they made diesel engines, this wasn’t always the case! They also made artillery for the German Army during WWII

3. Conrad Dietrich Magirus founded Magirus – Magirus was (and still is) the world’s largest manufacturer of aerial fire-fighting appliances and fire trucks.

4. Magirus and Deutz merged to become Magirus-Deutz – Magirus supplied the cab, bonnet and chassis while Deutz supplied the engine. The gearbox and rear axle(s) came from ZF

5. Magirus and Deutz are still in business as separate businesses to this day!

Stay tuned for part 2 in late August/early September!