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 December 2020    Story Wayne Munro Photos Gerald Shacklock

There were moments in West Auckland transport operator Richie Malam’s education that he really enjoyed: Like watching all the trucks go past his school. LOL.

During lunchtimes and intervals, “I used to stand at the fence and watch Barry Butterworth go past in the Black Bitch.” Yep, the black Kenworth W924AR tractor unit owned (and given its now totally un-PC name) by the legendary Kiwi “outlaw” speedway racer and truckie.

With Richie being a Westie, some of the locals were among his favourites: The Lendich and Antunovich Contracting trucks, for instance. And other contractors like Ian Spedding, the Lipanovichs and their Macks and the R.E. Jackson trucks. In fact, Richie’s first ride in a Kenworth was in Spedding’s first KW, in the mid-1970s.

The thing is that Richie is not only the son of a truckie….he’s also proudly able to boast of four generations of forebears who drove or owned trucks.

And that includes a great-great grandfather who started out as a horse and cart carrier – way, way back in 1893…working out of what is still the family property in semi-rural Oratia.

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