Stuart Highway dirt runners to reunite

By: Greg Bush

A lunch reunion will take place in Adelaide on June 20 for those who drove the old Stuart Highway in its dirt days.

Stuart Highway dirt runners to reunite
Dirt road: It was tough going along the Stuart Highway in decades past.


Adelaide-based evergreen truck driver Murray Fox, lamenting the passing of fellow transport industry veterans, is organising a lunch reunion on June 20 for those drivers who tackled the old pre-bitumen Stuart Highway.

The South Road Dirt Runner’s Reunion lunch will take place at Parafield Gardens Community Club, starting at around 11am.

Murray says he is particularly calling for drivers aged between 64 and upwards who drove the Stuart between the years 1960 to 1980.

He is planning to have a few vintage trucks on show in the club’s car park, including a couple of classic Macks, a Kenworth W-Model and, hopefully, a Diamond T.

"We were hoping for around 200 people, but with COVID hitting Victoria, some may not be able to make it across the border," Murray says.

Those attending will also have the option of staying for dinner at the Parafield Gardens club. And with plenty of catching up, there’s certain to be many yarns to be retold.

For further information email Murray Fox at or phone 0428 531 625.

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