Truck Features

Book review: The Nullarbor Kid by Ray Gilleland


We came across this book and found it a very informative read. It was first published in 2012 and reprinted in 2014, so you may be able to find a copy around the bookshops.



Ray Gilleland cut his gearbox dogs back in the days when trains were sacred taxpayer investments that needed protection from a road transport that was viewed as an upstart.

Ray tells stories of trucks that weren’t suited to Australia’s blistering heat, sharp mountain inclines, lousy roads and vast distances.

He recounts stories of getting around legalities, avoiding inspectors and surviving in an environment that was hostile invert respect.

Despite the hardships, Ray and his mates, found time for a few beers and a few laughs.

There are some departures in the narrative, including his sojourns in the USA, but we enjoyed it very much. 

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