ROBERT Forrester has been trucking for 30 years. Crikey, one is lucky to be married for that long. The first jigger Robert grasped the steering wheel in was an International ACCO 3070, commonly known as the crayfish. It was all shell and no guts.
The engine was a 903 with the good old 15-speed gear box and was riding on Hendrickson suspension while pulling a bogie trailer with on-the-deck steel bins cart
ing those woodchips. Robert was running from Orbost to Eden and was driving for his dad Bob Forrester.
Years have gone by and now Robert drives one smick- looking Kenworth T 904 2003 vintage. Under the hood is a CAT C-15 rated @ 550 hp and Robert shifts the stick to an 18-speed gear box. The Kenworth rides on air bag suspension while pulling a B-double tipper carting wheat from Mildura to Melbourne and onto Adelaide and all over country Victoria.
Robert said this truck is a good jigger.
"It is just easy to steer and is just a good Aussie-built truck," he said. Robert is second generation truckie and at one stage in Robert's trucking career was an owner-driver working for his dad Bob.