PACCAR Australia Managing Director Mike Dozier and National Road Transport Hall of Fame CEO, Liz Martin officially opened a major extension to the Kenworth Dealer Hall of Fame in Alice Springs on Friday 28th August, in front of hundreds of guests gathered from the trucking industry across Australia and New Zealand.
Originally inspired by the National Road Transport Hall of Fame, around the close of the last century Kenworth and the Kenworth Dealer Council decided to develop a forum to capture and share the Kenworth story with a wider audience. The generational changes occurring across the Kenworth Dealer and customer network made it very relevant, as many pioneers of the industry were beginning to take a step back from their demanding roles and passing the baton to the next generation.
All the planning and hard work came to fruition with the opening of the Kenworth and Dealer Hall of Fame in 2005.
Ten years on, and in keeping with this commitment to industry heritage and tradition, the extension of the Kenworth and Dealer Hall of Fame was opened in conjunction with the 20th Road Transport Hall of Fame (RTHOF) Reunion.
Industry legend and long-time Kenworth Dealer Jim (JJ) Hurley from the Brown and Hurley Group was expecting to be participating in the opening formalities, but was surprised and delighted when the new 2000m2 Hall was announced as the “JJ Hurley Pavilion” in his honour. Jim has been tireless in the development of this project, which has been transformed by his vision and energy. Fittingly, the Brown and Hurley Group are celebrating their 50th anniversary as a Kenworth dealer this year, and Jim Hurley has been there from the start.
The JJ Hurley Pavilion adds further displays that celebrate road transport operators and their trucks, and the Kenworth dealers who have been with them every step of the way.
The Kenworth Dealer Hall of Fame now comprises almost 4,000sq meters of display space devoted to the history of the Australian designed and built Kenworth. There are over 25 trucks on permanent display, with many more rotating through from time to time, making this the broadest display of Australian Made Kenworth truck models on the planet. The displays range from the first Australian built chassis, the Grey Ghost, to the most recent additions – the T909 Director Series and a tri drive C509 still showing the way for operators in a broad range of applications Australia wide.
There are also displays covering the history of each Kenworth Dealership, including such icons of the industry as the Brown and Hurley Group, CMV Group and others who’s history stretch back even further than Kenworth in this country.
At the opening event, Mike Dozier explained; “The Kenworth and Dealer Hall of Fame provides a fantastic venue for truck lovers of all persuasions to reflect on the long history of the Kenworth brand, and just some of the characters that have played a part in our journey – employees, suppliers, dealers, customers and drivers alike. This opening marks the culmination of many months of hard work from a dedicated band committed to creating and curating a lasting record of Kenworth’s long history in Australia.”
Having manufactured locally designed trucks in Australia since 1971—and internationally for more than 90 years — Kenworth understands the passion many operators feel for the road, and the rich road transport heritage still driving our country’s growth and prosperity. Kenworth have helped customers flourish in extreme environments, helped transport companies move goods around the nation more cost-efficiently, helped owner operators build their reputation and fleet, and helped engineer a safer, more comfortable workplace for professional drivers.
Australian-made Kenworths are among the most durable, heavy-duty trucks ever built, and have been manufactured to each customer’s specification since starting operations in 1971 at Kenworth’s production facility in Bayswater, Victoria. Kenworth have delivered over 50,000 heavy duty trucks, comprising many different models. As testament to their reliability and durability, over 70% of these trucks are still registered and working productively today.
But that’s just the beginning. According to Mike Dozier; “It’s not just design and build quality alone that sets Kenworth apart, it’s equally the superior support: the unrivalled reach and responsiveness of the nationwide independent PACCAR Australia Dealer network; and the industry-leading expertise, passion and experience of our employees”.
“Congratulations to JJ Hurley. This Pavilion is a fitting tribute in recognition of his long and illustrious career. Congratulations also to everyone who has contributed to the ongoing journey of road transport in Australia. Hopefully many visitors will enjoy the stories the Kenworth and Dealer Hall of Fame displays have to tell. Without doubt, there can be few more dynamic, challenging, yet ultimately rewarding industries in which to work” concluded Mike.
Kenworth trucks are designed and manufactured in Australia to meet the world’s toughest applications. Kenworth, a division of PACCAR Australia, is market leader in heavy duty trucks in Australia. Its trucks are also exported to Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. PACCAR Inc, a Six Sigma company, is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.
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