ABOUT Jim and Allan
The Historic Vehicles website is the brainchild of Jim Gibson and Allan Whiting. Initially the content was historic trucks, but subsequent entries will include historic cars and motorcycles.
Without knowing each other in the 1960s, both old blokes cut their teeth in the road transport business: Jim as a mechanic and then young truck driver and Allan in freight sales. Both men then moved into truck operations roles and both ended those career moves as operations managers for large truck fleets.
Again without knowing each other Jim and Allan scored senior appointments with Australian-market truck importers and manufacturers. Jim stayed with the truck corporate world for some years, while Allan moved into road transport journalism. At that point their paths crossed, with Allan reporting on some of the trucks that Jim was marketing.
A firm friendship developed.
Seeing how much fun Allan was having in the writing game, Jim moved that way as well. By the 1990s both blokes had senior editorial jobs and Allan then started his own truck buyers guide magazine.
With the advent of the internet, Allan saw the writing on the wall for magazines, sold off the buyers guide and launched the Outback Travel Australia website.
Jim’s magazine career climaxed with the editor’s role at Truckin’ Life, but, after he’d raised its profile beyond former levels, it fell into the post-internet financial doldrums and Jim went freelancing, writing mainly about older vehicles for specialist magazines.
Red-wine-induced conversations in that post-magazine era led to the idea of the Historic Vehicles website.
We hope you enjoy it!