Southpac Legends


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Continuing with our theme of legendary Kenworth trucks, this time we follow the journey of a 1966 K923. Not only was it NZ’s first K-Model Kenworth cabover, but it was also too wide to be allowed on NZ roads. Here’s the story of chassis number 82592, another Southpac Legend.

This 1966 Kenworth K923 was a standout of its time. Not only was 82592 the 13th Kenworth to come to NZ, but it was also the starting point for the large cabover market share held by Kenworth today and now being extended by the new generation K220.

It was also a Newark Cab Kenworth, so had no fibreglass. Current owner and restorer Craig Gordon explains: “My understanding is that this mode... ... 

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Not only does Rodney ‘the lifter’ Kempthorne – of family-run Heavy Metal Haulage fame –have a determined work ethic and a passion for the trucking industry, but he was almost born in the cab of his dad’s truck. He is certainly a Southpac Legend.

You could say that Rodney was destined to be in the trucking world. His father founded and ran E.E Kempthorne, a rural carrying business, and his two older brothers, Alan, and Max, also made the transport industry their careers. However, the clincher would have to be the unconventional way he came into the world.

Rodney says, “when we were kids, our parents had a carrying business in Ngāhinapōuri, and the old man was... ... 

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Between running two large fleets, having membership of multiple industry and community groups across New Zealand and being the executive member and president of two branches of Transporting NZ, Campbell ‘Bill’ Gilmour of Pacific Haulage/Gilmour Transport fame seems to do nothing by half. But he’s also a humble guy that appreciates all the people that have helped him along the way – and for that, he’s a Southpac legend.

Campbell Gilmour was born in the deep south of Invercargill, however, grew up and did most of his formative schooling years in Alexandra. Even from an early age he says that he was obsessed with trucks.

“As long as I remember I was always mad ... ... 

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Based in Western Southland, Wayne Williams of Transport Services Ltd (TSL) is a humble kind of a guy who “likes to see people succeed.”

Better time management is what got him into the industry, and he’s an ideas man with a “work hard, treat people equally and respectfully” attitude. And that’s why he’s a Southpac Legend.

His parents owned a 365-hectare farm in Opio, Southland and from an early age Wayne had a vision of owning a farm in the area. Upon leaving school he started out as a shearer; however, the insightful teen soon discovered it was not the way to achieve his goal.

Wayne recalls: “I started as an apprentice shearer, but I used to live 16km... ... 

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Whether it’s on the road or on the racetrack, the Uhlenberg name is hard to miss. They are a tight knit group that share a passion for the ‘big gear’, Speedway and stay true to their family virtues - and for that, they are this month’s Southpac legends.

Uhlenberg Haulage was founded in 1966 by Mike and Carol Uhlenberg, but its origins extend back further to Mike’s father, James (Tim) Uhlenberg, and his 80-acre dairy farm in Mangatoki.

“Tim was a farmer but had a love of machinery,” says Daryl Uhlenberg. “He always had engines and cars like DeSotos and big American V8s, and that rubbed off on dad.”

Mike Uhlenberg was born at Eltham in the Taranaki in 193... ... 

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