Production of the inaugural issue of HVIA’s new magazine Road Boss is well under way and it’s shaping up as a cracker read!
It’s now only 30 sleeps until the inaugural edition of HVIA’s ground-breaking new magazine Road Boss heads off to the printer and the team is busy criss-crossing the country to bring you what we’ve promised: authentic, engaging, and entertaining stories on the industry’s icons, innovators and colourful characters.
Scheduled to hit the presses at the end of September, Road Boss’s quarterly magazine will feature high-end design and beautiful photography (and on its digital platforms, videography) from some of Australia’s pre-eminent visual artists, including Thomas Wielecki , Sam Thies, Alistair Brook and Jake Ashe.
Weighing in at a hefty 148 pages, the first issue will be packed full of cracker yarns from some of the country’s best story tellers.
Accompanied by Sam Thies – the highly talented photographer and videographer behind ‘Bush’, a meticulously crafted coffee table book and documentary that encapsulates the spirit of the Australian Outback, Harrison Hunkin heads on a three-day journey with Australia’s oldest family-owned livestock transporters, Fraser’s Livestock Transport.
Starting in Roma, they capture the blood, sweat and tears involved in transporting 600-odd head of cattle more than 1,500km from Mantuan Downs Station in the Central Highlands region of Queensland to a feedlot at Wainui near Dalby – using a convoy of six Kenworth T659s pulling three four-deck road trains, two 4.5-deck B-triples and a three-deck B-double.
It’s a big job for most, but just a normal few days’ work for a family-owned company for which trucks and cattle really do run in their blood!
Heading to the wild west, Road Boss tells the amazing story of Mario Giacci, an Italian immigrant who has built not one but two of Australia’s most successful transport businesses: national carrier Giacci Bros and, more recently, bulk haulage operator MGM Bulk, which now boasts a workforce of some 400 employees and a core fleet of 160 trucks providing services to customers throughout WA, including the state’s burgeoning iron ore and lithium miners.
Now in his 85th, Mario joins Harrison Hunkin, videographer Jake Ashe and photographer Thomas Wielecki on a three-day journey following a 60-metre road train to the hottest place in Australia in the country’s north-west.
Meanwhile, back in Brisbane Road Boss Editor Graham Gardiner sits down with Heather Bone, Team Global Express’s head of ESG (environmental, social, and corporate governance), to find out how a self-confessed “petrol head” ended up in charge of the largest-ever trial of an electric logistics fleet in Australia – aptly named ‘Project Cobra’.
Bone, who along with her “other half” – Volvo Trucks VP Gary Bone – owns a shed full of classic American muscle cars, including an AC Cobra, a Mustang GT, a Chevrolet Bel Air and a 496 cubic inch big block Corvette – shares some of her personal story and the lessons learned so far in the company’s transition to zero-emissions transport.
All this plus much more – including a huge 64-page review of all the highlights of the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show – will be revealed in the inaugural edition of Road Boss, out soon!
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