COULD this be Australia’s oldest truckie?
Gunnedah’s Peter Winsor climbed behind the wheel of a vehicle for the first time when he was just eight years old – and 77 years later he’s grinding the gears.
The 85-year-old, who retired 20 years ago but packed it in after just a week, is believed to be the nation’s oldest big rig driver.
He said he wouldn’t swap the job for quids.
“Trucks get in your blood and that’s where they stay,” he said.
“I’ll keep doing it for as long as I can as I have nothing else to do.”
The eldest of 15 children, Mr Winsor was forced to leave school after just a few weeks of lessons to help put food on his family’s table.
He started driving his father’s car as a young boy, delivering rabbits to the freezer works in Gunnedah.
“A lot of kids drove cars back then; it was a different time,” he said.
Through sinew and sweat, Mr Winsor saved the money to buy his first truck – an International – in his mid-20s.
Soon after, he met his wife, Wendel, and the pair enjoyed 60 fruitful years of marriage before Wendel passed away last year.
“She used to come with me in the truck and sometimes she would even drive,” Mr Winsor said.
“But I’m on my lonesome now so that’s why I keep driving.”