Drake Trailers founded by Colin Drake in Rocklea

Drake Trailers founded by Colin Drake in Rocklea

1958

Colin Drake had a desire to build Australia’s best trailers and innovate better ways to meet operators’ needs.

Noel the legendary foreman is the 1st employee of Drake Trailers

Noel the legendary foreman is the 1st employee of Drake Trailers

1961

Noel was known by all, and part of the furniture within Drake Trailers.

Drake 4 x 8 Swingwing Widening Lowloader hits the market

Drake 4 x 8 Swingwing Widening Lowloader hits the market

1969

The Swingwing Widening Lowloader revolutionises heavy haulage and has continued to evolve as an industry leader.

1st Mine site trailer launches

1st Mine site trailer launches

1970

The mine site trailers were designed specifically for use in mine camps as they are too large for the road network.

John, a 2nd Generation Drake joins the company

John, a 2nd Generation Drake joins the company

1978

John Drake eventually took over the running of the company in 1991.

Introduction of the steerable platform trailer

Introduction of the steerable platform trailer

1980

Design of the steerable platform trailer was worked on by Colin and John Drake for Brambles.

Deck Widener

Deck Widener

1984 - 1986

Pre-luded to the full widener, decided no longer required as the full widener fitted the requirements.

Full modular steerable transporters

Full modular steerable transporters

1984

Designed for the special heavy duty loads, similar to units manufactured in Europe except full widening for Australian conditions.

Full Widener

Full Widener

1985

The Full Widener unit was designed to carry 50 tonne legally with the added benefits of easy loading because of the widening frame and suspension. This design has been the industry standard since this date.

Introduction of computer aided design system

Introduction of computer aided design system

1988

The introduction of the computer aided design system process was driven by John Drake.

Greg Allison joins Drake Trailers

Greg Allison joins Drake Trailers

1989

An important development for Drake Trailers growth, as Greg was previously with Allison Trailers.

350 tonne mine site trailer – the largest yet

350 tonne mine site trailer – the largest yet

1990

Pulled behind a CAT 789 dump truck, the empty trailer weighed over 120 tonnes.

John takes over as Managing Director

John takes over as Managing Director

1991

John Drake who holds an engineering diploma, takes over as Managing Director.

Colin, the founder of Drake Trailer passes away

Colin, the founder of Drake Trailer passes away

1991

Colin Drake's passing left a huge hole not only in the company, but also in the heavy transport industry.

Drake Trailers moves base from Rocklea to Wacol

Drake Trailers moves base from Rocklea to Wacol

1992

A large industrial complex of 8,650 square metres.

Deck Widener - Re-released

Deck Widener - Re-released

1997

The re-released Deck Widener as a niche for urban use with the onset of traffic calming devices.

Swing wide

Swing wide

2000

The wide line goose neck design allowed operators to carry heavy narrow loads.

Introduction of 3D computer aided design

Introduction of 3D computer aided design

2004

The system employed was SolidWorks. This gave Drake Trailers greater design capacity and more flexibility for customisation.

Sam, a 3rd generation Drake joins the company

Sam, a 3rd generation Drake joins the company

2006

Sam background is as a diesel fitter and his knowledge of troubleshooting issues is a great asset to all of our customers.

Won M1 Abrahams tank transported contract with M.A.N Military

Won M1 Abrahams tank transported contract with M.A.N Military

2006

The design was variation on the standard Drake 4 x 8 Swingwing, again showing the designs versatility.

Noel the legendary foreman and 1st employee retires after 35 years of loyal service

Noel the legendary foreman and 1st employee retires after 35 years of loyal service

2006

Noel never missed a days work and is still a regular visitor to Drake Trailers. Noel’s knowledge of the equipment was limitless.

Introduction of robot welding

Introduction of robot welding

2007

Allowing Drake Trailers to compete more competitively.

Launched die cast collectables

Launched die cast collectables

2009

www.thedrakeshop.com. The popularity has been outstanding.

Steering widener

Steering widener

2010

To fill a niche in the range of highway trailers for manoeuvrability with stability.

Telescopic steerable

Telescopic steerable

2010

Brought about by the onset of windfarms and the need for carry unusual payloads.

Maggie

Maggie

2012

1st female family member of responsibility.

Drake Trailers

Timeline

For 50 years, Drake Trailers has been building some of the toughest heavy-duty trailers on the market. We focus on quality, innovation and reliability and each of our trailers are designed to tackle the harshest conditions that this country has to offer.

timeline

Drake Trailers founded by Colin Drake in Rocklea

Drake Trailers founded by Colin Drake in Rocklea

1958

Colin Drake had a desire to build Australia’s best trailers and innovate better ways to meet operators’ needs.

Noel the legendary foreman is the 1st employee of Drake Trailers

Noel the legendary foreman is the 1st employee of Drake Trailers

1961

Noel was known by all, and part of the furniture within Drake Trailers.

Drake 4 x 8 Swingwing Widening Lowloader hits the market

Drake 4 x 8 Swingwing Widening Lowloader hits the market

1969

The Swingwing Widening Lowloader revolutionises heavy haulage and has continued to evolve as an industry leader.

1st Mine site trailer launches

1st Mine site trailer launches

1970

The mine site trailers were designed specifically for use in mine camps as they are too large for the road network.

John, a 2nd Generation Drake joins the company

John, a 2nd Generation Drake joins the company

1978

John Drake eventually took over the running of the company in 1991.

Introduction of the steerable platform trailer

Introduction of the steerable platform trailer

1980

Design of the steerable platform trailer was worked on by Colin and John Drake for Brambles.

Deck Widener

Deck Widener

1984 - 1986

Pre-luded to the full widener, decided no longer required as the full widener fitted the requirements.

Full modular steerable transporters

Full modular steerable transporters

1984

Designed for the special heavy duty loads, similar to units manufactured in Europe except full widening for Australian conditions.

Full Widener

Full Widener

1985

The Full Widener unit was designed to carry 50 tonne legally with the added benefits of easy loading because of the widening frame and suspension. This design has been the industry standard since this date.

Introduction of computer aided design system

Introduction of computer aided design system

1988

The introduction of the computer aided design system process was driven by John Drake.

Greg Allison joins Drake Trailers

Greg Allison joins Drake Trailers

1989

An important development for Drake Trailers growth, as Greg was previously with Allison Trailers.

350 tonne mine site trailer – the largest yet

350 tonne mine site trailer – the largest yet

1990

Pulled behind a CAT 789 dump truck, the empty trailer weighed over 120 tonnes.

John takes over as Managing Director

John takes over as Managing Director

1991

John Drake who holds an engineering diploma, takes over as Managing Director.

Colin, the founder of Drake Trailer passes away

Colin, the founder of Drake Trailer passes away

1991

Colin Drake's passing left a huge hole not only in the company, but also in the heavy transport industry.

Drake Trailers moves base from Rocklea to Wacol

Drake Trailers moves base from Rocklea to Wacol

1992

A large industrial complex of 8,650 square metres.

Deck Widener - Re-released

Deck Widener - Re-released

1997

The re-released Deck Widener as a niche for urban use with the onset of traffic calming devices.

Swing wide

Swing wide

2000

The wide line goose neck design allowed operators to carry heavy narrow loads.

Introduction of 3D computer aided design

Introduction of 3D computer aided design

2004

The system employed was SolidWorks. This gave Drake Trailers greater design capacity and more flexibility for customisation.

Sam, a 3rd generation Drake joins the company

Sam, a 3rd generation Drake joins the company

2006

Sam background is as a diesel fitter and his knowledge of troubleshooting issues is a great asset to all of our customers.

Won M1 Abrahams tank transported contract with M.A.N Military

Won M1 Abrahams tank transported contract with M.A.N Military

2006

The design was variation on the standard Drake 4 x 8 Swingwing, again showing the designs versatility.

Noel the legendary foreman and 1st employee retires after 35 years of loyal service

Noel the legendary foreman and 1st employee retires after 35 years of loyal service

2006

Noel never missed a days work and is still a regular visitor to Drake Trailers. Noel’s knowledge of the equipment was limitless.

Introduction of robot welding

Introduction of robot welding

2007

Allowing Drake Trailers to compete more competitively.

Launched die cast collectables

Launched die cast collectables

2009

www.thedrakeshop.com. The popularity has been outstanding.

Steering widener

Steering widener

2010

To fill a niche in the range of highway trailers for manoeuvrability with stability.

Telescopic steerable

Telescopic steerable

2010

Brought about by the onset of windfarms and the need for carry unusual payloads.

Maggie

Maggie

2012

1st female family member of responsibility.