Kelvyn and Shirley Fuller, owners of K&S Fuller Transport, have been involved in road transport for more than half a century.
Among their current fleet of mostly PACCAR products, a pair of new DAF XF 105 Super Space Cab prime movers stand out as flagships.
When Kelvyn Fuller first took to the road driving trucks in the late 1960s most things were vastly different in Australian road transport compared with today. For example, at that time the now ubiquitous Kenworth brand was in its infancy in this country, with only a limited number having been imported from the US. Furthermore, the start of Australian Kenworth production was still some time off.
Kelvyn was born at Cootamundra and moved with his family to Peak Hill near Parkes when he was about nine. When asked about his entrance into the trucking realm Kelvyn says it came about almost by accident.
“I was working for my father who had an earthmoving business back in those days,” Kelvyn recalls. “He bought a Leyland Comet in Sydney that he reckoned would be good for spare parts, so we went down and brought it back home where it sat in the shed for the next few years.”
By that stage Kelvyn and Shirley were married and Kelvyn’s mind was ticking over as to what he would do to provide for his growing family.
“So, I said ‘Dad, “I’m going to get that truck out of there, put some recapped tyres on it, get it registered and go carting grain’,” Kelvyn says.
He found work with a couple of local farmers and because it was a bumper crop that year, the local silos at Peak Hill soon filled up and Kelvyn found himself transporting the grain to Parkes.
“We had a boom year and made a heap of money, so I thought this trucking game is the way to go,” says Kelvyn. “I don’t think we’ve made any money since, but we keep trying.”
After that the Fullers bought a second truck – a Perkins diesel powered International AB180 with a stock crate and they also took on the running of the local Amoco fuel depot.
By this stage it was the early ‘70s and the couple had been blessed with two children, which prompted Kelvyn to re-evaluate their situation.
“I was thinking that the kids would never get a job in Peak Hill because it only had a population of just over 1,000, so I decided to start doing interstate between Brisbane and Melbourne for the Swire Group which owned Frigmobile Transport at the time,” he says.
As Peak Hill is roughly halfway between the two capitals on the Newell Highway, Kelvyn’s idea was that he could call in at home and have a decent break before continuing on his journey.
“That idea lasted for about three seconds,” he says. “They told me I had to be in Brisbane the next morning. So after doing that for a while we decided to sell the fuel depot and our house and move to Brisbane.”