PACCAR Australia Managing Director Mike Dozier and National Road Transport Hall of Fame CEO, Liz Martin officially opened a major extension to the Kenworth Dealer Hall of Fame in Alice Springs on Friday 28th August, in front of hundreds of guests gathered from the trucking industry across Australia and New Zealand.
Originally inspired by the National Road Transport Hall of Fame, around the close of the last century Kenworth and the Kenworth Dealer Council decided to develop a forum to capture and share the Kenworth story with a wider audience. The generational changes occurring across the Kenworth Dealer and customer network made it very relevant, as many pioneers of the industry were beginning to take a step back from their demanding roles and passing the baton to the next generation.
All the planning and hard work came to fruition with the opening of the Kenworth and Dealer Hall of Fame in 2005.
Ten years on, and in keeping with this commitment to industry heritage and tradition, the extension of the Kenworth and Dealer Hall of Fame was opened in conjunction with the 20th Road Transport Hall of Fame (RTHOF) Reunion.
Industry legend and long-time Kenworth Dealer Jim (JJ) Hurley from the Brown and Hurley Group was expecting to be participating in the opening formalities, but was surprised and delighted when the new 2000m2 Hall was announced as the “JJ Hurley Pavilion” in his honour. Jim has been tireless in the development of this project, which has been transformed by his vision and energy. Fittingly, the Brown and Hurley Group are celebrating their 50th anniversary as a Kenworth dealer this year, and Jim Hurley has been there from the start.