Just Truckin' Around - Richard Drake

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Richard Drake
Preparing for his maiden trip in a new R620 V8 Scania was one Richard Drake, aka ‘Peanut’, and Craig Andrews managed to catch him just before departure from Oturehua in Central Otago. Road Transport Logistics Ltd has continued its long association with Scania trucks by placing another one into the Beckers Transport Ltd colours based out of Oturehua on the Maniototo. Richard’s association with Beckers is knocking on 20 years, and it’s a job and place he thoroughly enjoys. He’s loved trucks since he was a kid and the Beckers Scanias were a favourite. Work experience at school saw him working at Allied Concrete (ex-Lloyds concrete) driving CWA Nissans in Alexandra, which was followed by a road transport course at Otago Polytech.

His first deployment out of there was with Central Excavation driving a CXH Isuzu, also in Alexandra, Richard enjoys the freedom of driving around the country but is no fan of the wet weather, which can be frustrating when your line of work is bulk cartage. His new mount is a Scania R620 and has a mere 1900km on the clock. The load of wool was heading down to Mosgiel and then a backload of fertiliser to fill the day in. In all, he has been driving for 23 years, the past 19 with Beckers. The vexing question for Richard was secondhand or new? “My old 143 450 Scania will always be my favourite.”

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