His life is trucks

IN THE FAMILY’S BLOOD: Max Hutchins now works for Ausblue in Queensland after many years in the transport industry.
IN THE FAMILY’S BLOOD: Max Hutchins now works for Ausblue in Queensland after many years in the transport industry. Carly Morrissey

IT'S finally happened; truckie Max Hutchins will be inducted into the Road Transport Hall of Fame.

Speaking to Big Rigs earlier this year, Max reflected on his 55 years in the transport industry.

Back then we knew that Ausblue, the company he drives for, was planning on nominating him for the Shell Rimula Wall of fame.

And now we know that application was successful.

This year, along with about 100 others, Max's name will be added to the history books when he is added to the Wall of Fame.

Mr Hutchins told us he would like his whole family to be inducted into the HOF.

His dad and grandfather drove trucks, and so do his sons who will head to Alice Springs with him for the event.

Max said his eldest son Stevie, 53, started driving trucks when he was 17. Gary, 50, Mark, 46, and Paul, 40 all drive trucks too.

In all there's more than 200 years of truck driving in his family.

Although Max has been driving for 55 years, he's only just undertaken to get his MC licence and now drives B-doubles.

He has always been interested in trucks.

"It was always a hobby when other kids were playing football," he said.

Max started his working career as an apprentice fitter and turner at Repco.

"The day I got my licence I threw that away and started driving," he said.

Now at age 72, he has no intention of stopping.

"I can't think of anything worse than retirement."

His driving history includes eight years at Mastrans, 10 years at Lindsay's, seven years at Deans and 20 years as an owner-driver.

But he hasn't carted anything quite like the urea-based solution that Ausblue produces.

In the past he has carted livestock, refrigeration, general and tippers.

Now he drives on a five-week cycle in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Adelaide.

He owned his own trucks, and at one time had three.

He mainly drove Whites back in the day until Kenworth became his favourite.

But it's not all fun and games, and Max has decided to stand up for truck drivers by becoming a director in the Victorian chapter for the National Road Freighters Association.

"There's good times and bad times on the road. I lost a few mates along the way," he said.

He said the NRFA was one organisation that was fighting to get "some sense back in the job".

"The biggest killer is log books. They're unworkable the way they want it. If I had driven to those laws, I would have been dead."

Instead, he is a big believer of stopping when you are tired, not driving to the log book.

"It's a hard job to explain, it's a job you've gotta have a love for. It's no good for families."

Big Rigs

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