Drake name raises charity funds

By: Gary Worrall, Photography by: Greg Bush


Shakespeare may have asked ‘what’s in a name?’, but Greg Allison, general manager of Drake Trailers, can give an exact answer - $7,000

Drake name raises charity funds
Drake name raises charity funds

By Gary Worrall | March 15, 2010

Shakespeare may have asked ‘what’s in a name?’, but Greg Allison, general manager of Drake Trailers, can give an exact answer - $7,000.

With Drake one of the key sponsors of Julie and Eamonn Gavin’s charity drive from Brisbane to Perth via Melbourne, with proceeds going to the McGrath Foundation, the company donated a retired ‘Drake Trailers Australia’ nameplate from one of their trailers, for an auction at Monday morning’s send-off from the Drake factory.

With a large crowd of transport industry figures on hand for the launch of the drive, bidding for the nameplate soon turned into a spirited affair, before Donn Todd, former owner of Brisbane-based heavy haul operator Rocklea Carrying Co, put the issue beyond doubt with his $7,000 bid.

Made from gun barrel metal, the nameplate is one of five ‘retired’ by Drake and mounted on a wooden plaque with a certificate of authenticity guaranteeing its originality.

Todd says he is not sure of the plaque’s final destination, ‘but it will be on show’, and felt the purchase was a fitting seal on a 50-year career in road transport, including heavy haulage operations.

"My father founded Rocklea Carrying Co, it was in the family for 50 years, like Drake, we had a good 50 years," Todd says.

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