PPG Imaging Awards


The Burling brand
PPG Imaging Awards - May 2020

Longtime Wairarapa transport operator Fred Burling reckons it was quite simple – the process of coming up with Burling Transport’s distinctive red, white and yellow livery. It started out as just red and white – back when he started the company more than 50 years ago: “Oh, they were just the colours I wanted to use – so that was it.” He’d bought the carrying side of the “Baileys topdressing outfit” in Masterton – taking over “about three” petrol-engined Commers. “They were grey, some of them.” He had them repainted, with white cab roofs, white guards and front bumpers – and red in between. .. ... 

1000% Better
PPG Imaging Awards - April 2020

Canterbury and Otago drainlaying contractor Grant Wooster’s first truck was a classic tradie’s unit – a 10-year-old 4x2 Hino Ranger….painted white. With strictly-no-frills black signwriting. When it came to buying that first truck, “I wasn’t too worried about what it looked like really,” he says now, with a chuckle. “It was like, get some work first, you know.” That was 13 years ago. Since then, the work has come – and with it has come a growing fleet of trucks. There’s 11 of ‘em now. Along with the growth of the Dynamic Drainage truck fleet has also come an increasing interest in having them look good &nd.. ... 

Simply red ...and white
PPG Imaging Awards - March 2020

When it comes to truck colour schemes, Southland transport company boss Ross Richardson likes to keep things plain and simple. He even happily reckons that what he’s decided on for McNeill Distribution’s new look is “quite a basic colour scheme….” And that is, he quickly confirms, “the way we like it.” The managing director of Southland’s Ken Richardson Group (KRG) – which has, in the past 15 years, developed a trucking operation into a major part of its business – had his first crack at simplifying the McNeill livery around 2005. That was around the time when McNeill – until then a drilling operation, running it.. ... 

From unremarkable …to unmissable
PPG Imaging Awards - February 2020

Masterton earthmoving contractor Kieran Oliver started out with plain white trucks to support his machines. And he would have been happy to continue with the hum-drum colour scheme...until local spraypainter Rob Walker called him out on it. It happened seven or eight years ago, when Oliver took a secondhand truck he’d just bought to Walker for a respray – white, of course. “It was a really faint orange – just a not very nice colour,” Oliver recalls. When Oliver ordered-up the white, Walker “said to me: ‘Well everyone’s got a white bloody Mitsi don’t they!’ “He said ‘why don’t we do something differ.. ... 

There’s love in the livery
PPG Imaging Awards - December 2019

A love of trucks, a passion to show them off at their best….and a tribute to family members tragically lost on the highway are heartfelt factors in the presentation of Gisborne transport operator Tim Greaves’ trucks. Greaves reckons he loves trucks and was only ever going to become a truckie…..just like his Dad Ali: He “grew up in the passenger seat,” he says, of his “old man’s Mitsis” – the stock trucks he owned from 1979-1991. Through a few years as a driver and then, since 2005, as the owner of Greaves Bulk Haulage, Tim’s always wanted to have his trucks looking good: “Presentation is huge for me.” And h.. ... 

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