Copy Southbound is a Podcast that covers all areas of the Trucking Industry in Australia. We have some amazing people as guests from the Australian Trucking Industry and get the real life stories of what they have experienced and been able to achieve in such a demanding but rewarding industry.
Paddy Ward - Wards Transport / Westoil
Bruce has been waiting to interview Paddy Ward ever since Copy Southbound kicked off and has sung his praises as long as I’ve known him. A talented business man, exceptional operator and gifted restorer, Paddy was also known as being one of the nicest people in transport and is still very active in the old truck scene following his retirement some years back. We couldn’t have thought of a better way to kick off 2022
Bob Thompson - Thompsons Heavy Towing & Transport
Bob Thompson did his first tow at the age of 16 while his boss was at the pub, not realising that it would lead to him becoming one of NSW’s most iconic tow and salvage operators in one of the Blue Mountains most notorious pieces of road. With his wife Marion by his side, this incredibly talented craftsman has helped out countless operators for over 50 years and become a legend of The Mountains
Geoff Rudd, or Ruddy as he’s commonly known, kicked off in transport earlier than most of us. With his gentle nature and strong work ethic, he formed some strong bonds and long term relationships with customers back when a simple handshake meant more than a written contract. Now in his mid 80’s, Geoff is enjoying retirement but happily shared his experiences with us.
Peter ' Pedro' Folwell
When we approached Pedro to come onto Copy Southbound, he agreed on one condition – he had to be our last ever interview because, quite simply, he’s the best there is. With more starts than Phar Lap, Pedro ended up investing in his own truck and trailer and built up Primo Transport into a well oiled machine as would be expected because, in his own words, he’s a Legend……… an Icon of the Industry. So sit back and enjoy this interview with one of our finest.
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Geoff Cootes - I.R. Cootes Transport
Geoff Cootes, son of Ian Cootes recounts point by point the start of Ian’s career, the build-up of the business, the vehicles, the people, the sale and the anguish following the collapse of the I.R. Cootes name under different ownership.
This is a great yarn about one of Australia’s success stories in transport and a lovely tribute to a man who was said to be one of the country’s finest employers.
At 94 years of age, Rexxy Shiel is still as sharp as a tac and positive about life after over 60 years driving trucks. This heartfelt interview left Bruce in tears as Rex recounted the ups and downs of life while recounting his years behind the wheel of some of the countries most iconic brands and while working for some legends of the industry. But the only Legend in our eyes was Rex, a true gentleman and a great advocate of finding the positives in life.
Finally something I have been looking for. Just a genuine bunch of Australian transportation legends talking about their passions. Can’t wait to cover more miles listening to stories of past and present. So good to have these stories told and recorded for history’s sake. Well done.
Hey guys thanks for the awesome podcast just the history on the industry is great , also hearing the great words you have said about people l have worked for like Terry Thurwood and Justin and Turk Klos who l currently drive for keep up the great work
Absolute brilliant podcast
The stories are awesome, and the history shared/told is what our industry has needed to be documented for so long. Gentlemen thanks! Keep doing what you’re doing because it’s a winner. Keep it shiny side up 👍