Royce Bowler

In Just Truckn Around, Mack, December 20191 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJanuary 16, 2020

The mobile burger bar on SH1 in Otaki was a magnet for truck drivers when Faye Lougher passed through recently. Royce Bowler from Cox Heavy Salvage was there getting dinner with his fiveyear- old son Archer. The bright yellow 1981 Mack Super Liner tow truck that he drives has an 18-speed Roadranger and is used for recovering heavy vehicles. Royce says his grandfather, Shorty Collins, started driving tow trucks in the 1940s and owned JW Collins & Sons Towing in Titahi Bay, and his father, Dave Bowler, was also a towie.

“I‘ve been towing for the best part of 20 years and remember being in a Mack just like this with my father when I was about the same age as Archer,” Royce says. “I love to get out and about and help a lot of people. You get to meet some nice people.” When asked what he saw as the main problem in the industry today, Royce said, “where do you start?” saying it was hard to narrow it down to one thing. The question of his favourite food was an easy one – “Dutchy‘s Man Burger”.

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