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 4X8 Swingwing Widening Lowloader hits the market

Drake 4X8 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Swingwide trailer

Swingwide trailer

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 colllectibles

Launched die cast colllectibles

2009

Drake Collectibles introduced. The popularity has been outstanding.

Telescopic steerable

Telescopic steerable

2010

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

Steering widener

Steering widener

2010

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

Maggie

Maggie

2012

1st female family member of responsibility.

Drake aligns with SunSeeker East Coast Australia

Drake aligns with SunSeeker East Coast Australia

2014

Exciting new partnership between Drake Trailers and luxury yacht manufacturer Sunseeker East Coast Australia, with John Drake appointed as Managing Director of the prestigious yacht brand.

The Drake Group acquires O’Phee Trailers

The Drake Group acquires O’Phee Trailers

2015

The Drake Group joins forces with O’Phee Trailers – one of the leading manufacturers of semi-trailers in Australia, bringing about new capabilities and products.

Drake Full Widener Rear Steer

Drake Full Widener Rear Steer

2015

Release of the brand-new trailer with enhanced manoeuvrability and efficiency. The steerable axles at the rear help to reduce wear on tyres and running gear.

Low Boy Drop Deck Trailer

Low Boy Drop Deck Trailer

2015

Introducing Australia’s toughest drop deck trailer, with 30-40 tonne capacity and trailer lengths from 45-55ft.

Tilt Slide

Tilt Slide

2015

Capable of self-loading and able to extend to 20 metres, the introduction of the tilt slide trailer is the ideal recovery trailer solution.

Drake Collectibles wins

Drake Collectibles wins

2015

Drake Trailers sister brand Drake Collectibles picks up a major award for Model of the Year 2015 by Cranes Etc.

Introduction of first Australian-made Forklift Trailer

Introduction of first Australian-made Forklift Trailer

2016

Featuring a 2.3 degree load angle and carrying capacity of 15 tonne, Drake Trailers launches a new breed of forklift and access equipment trailers.

O’Phee Trailers moves onsite

O’Phee Trailers moves onsite

2016

In May, O’Phee Trailers moves onsite with Drake Trailers and Drake Collectibles to The Drake Group’s central manufacturing facility located in Wacol, Brisbane.

Drake Trailers develops the Mine Site Transporter

Drake Trailers develops the Mine Site Transporter

2017

Brought about when Moolarben Coal Operations were looking for an efficient way to move plant and equipment around their site. The answer was using a CAT 777 dump truck to tow our custom-built heavy haulage trailer.

O’Phee Trailers and JOST partnership

O’Phee Trailers and JOST partnership

2017

O’Phee teams up with JOST Australia to use their proven parts including JOST’s king pins, modul landing legs and fifth wheels to improve capability, performance and safety.

4X4 Deck Widener nominated for Best Trailer Award

4X4 Deck Widener nominated for Best Trailer Award

2017

The 2017 Brisbane Truck Show Awards saw Drake Trailers 4X4 Deck Widener nominated in this prestigious category.

The Drake Group Launch

The Drake Group Launch

2017

The expanding portfolio of Drake Trailers set in motion the desire to re-launch as The Drake Group, aligning Drake Trailers, O’Phee Trailers, Drake Collectibles, BoXLoader, Cometto and Sunseeker East Coast Australia under the one banner.

Drake Collectibles launches new app

Drake Collectibles launches new app

2017

Drake Collectibles unveils brand new app designed to be a one-stop shop for premium diecast and collectible items.

O’Phee Trailers unveils new models

O’Phee Trailers unveils new models

2017

Introduction of an innovative sideloader called the Speedloader and a retractable container skel called the Retract-X. Both feature higher performance and the lowest tare weight on the market.

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 4X8 Swingwing Widening Lowloader hits the market

Drake 4X8 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Swingwide trailer

Swingwide trailer

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 colllectibles

Launched die cast colllectibles

2009

Drake Collectibles introduced. The popularity has been outstanding.

Telescopic steerable

Telescopic steerable

2010

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

Steering widener

Steering widener

2010

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

Maggie

Maggie

2012

1st female family member of responsibility.

Drake aligns with SunSeeker East Coast Australia

Drake aligns with SunSeeker East Coast Australia

2014

Exciting new partnership between Drake Trailers and luxury yacht manufacturer Sunseeker East Coast Australia, with John Drake appointed as Managing Director of the prestigious yacht brand.

The Drake Group acquires O’Phee Trailers

The Drake Group acquires O’Phee Trailers

2015

The Drake Group joins forces with O’Phee Trailers – one of the leading manufacturers of semi-trailers in Australia, bringing about new capabilities and products.

Drake Full Widener Rear Steer

Drake Full Widener Rear Steer

2015

Release of the brand-new trailer with enhanced manoeuvrability and efficiency. The steerable axles at the rear help to reduce wear on tyres and running gear.

Low Boy Drop Deck Trailer

Low Boy Drop Deck Trailer

2015

Introducing Australia’s toughest drop deck trailer, with 30-40 tonne capacity and trailer lengths from 45-55ft.

Tilt Slide

Tilt Slide

2015

Capable of self-loading and able to extend to 20 metres, the introduction of the tilt slide trailer is the ideal recovery trailer solution.

Drake Collectibles wins

Drake Collectibles wins

2015

Drake Trailers sister brand Drake Collectibles picks up a major award for Model of the Year 2015 by Cranes Etc.

Introduction of first Australian-made Forklift Trailer

Introduction of first Australian-made Forklift Trailer

2016

Featuring a 2.3 degree load angle and carrying capacity of 15 tonne, Drake Trailers launches a new breed of forklift and access equipment trailers.

O’Phee Trailers moves onsite

O’Phee Trailers moves onsite

2016

In May, O’Phee Trailers moves onsite with Drake Trailers and Drake Collectibles to The Drake Group’s central manufacturing facility located in Wacol, Brisbane.

Drake Trailers develops the Mine Site Transporter

Drake Trailers develops the Mine Site Transporter

2017

Brought about when Moolarben Coal Operations were looking for an efficient way to move plant and equipment around their site. The answer was using a CAT 777 dump truck to tow our custom-built heavy haulage trailer.

O’Phee Trailers and JOST partnership

O’Phee Trailers and JOST partnership

2017

O’Phee teams up with JOST Australia to use their proven parts including JOST’s king pins, modul landing legs and fifth wheels to improve capability, performance and safety.

4X4 Deck Widener nominated for Best Trailer Award

4X4 Deck Widener nominated for Best Trailer Award

2017

The 2017 Brisbane Truck Show Awards saw Drake Trailers 4X4 Deck Widener nominated in this prestigious category.

The Drake Group Launch

The Drake Group Launch

2017

The expanding portfolio of Drake Trailers set in motion the desire to re-launch as The Drake Group, aligning Drake Trailers, O’Phee Trailers, Drake Collectibles, BoXLoader, Cometto and Sunseeker East Coast Australia under the one banner.

Drake Collectibles launches new app

Drake Collectibles launches new app

2017

Drake Collectibles unveils brand new app designed to be a one-stop shop for premium diecast and collectible items.

O’Phee Trailers unveils new models

O’Phee Trailers unveils new models

2017

Introduction of an innovative sideloader called the Speedloader and a retractable container skel called the Retract-X. Both feature higher performance and the lowest tare weight on the market.