Contributed to Kaikorai – Then & Now by David Still
THE FIRST TRUCKS
Bill Ellis undertook what could have been the longest journey of his life when he took the train to Invercargill to buy his first motor vehicle. After looking over the old Commer truck and hearing it run he agreed on the price and shook hands with the old owner. Can you drive? the man asked. Being told that he had never driven before, the man soon got Bill sorted out. This makes it go fast, this stops it and here are the gears he said. Around the block went Bill, soon pulling up once more beside the sales man. “O.K” the man said as he pointed his finger. “That’s the road to Dunedin”.