Reg then went into a better class of truck, a 1957 Mercedes Benz 312, with a capacity of 7-ton. Reg’s eldest son Graeme left school in 1957 to work with his father. Reg purchased a second Mercedes in early 1959, a 321 model, a truck in which he covered more than 1.5 million miles over the next 15 years.
Graeme drove the 321 Benz until he traded it in on an LP327 Mercedes Benz prime-mover, the first semi unit operated by the business. 1962 came the big move; interstate shipping from Tasmania to the mainland.
It was 12th July, 1962 that Reg and Graeme loaded 124 stud rams and put the truck on the Bass Strait roll-on, roll-off ship the ‘Bass Trader’ for direct delivery to Finley, NSW. They returned with a load of army disposal jerry cans for Allgood’s shop in Launceston.
A longer trip quickly followed, to Dalby in Queensland, and a few years direct through to Perth, WA with stud stock for the show. Reg also pioneered the development of livestock shipping containers. The business today moves over 80% of the livestock to and from Tasmania and the mainland.
Reg passed away in 2005 at 92 years of age.