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Motorhead: Colin Manion's passion for driving has led him to passing on his vast experience and knowledge to others through his commercial driving school, helping lead others to driving as a career.
By JODIE MUNN
Passion for driving lifelong
'' More women are becoming
HT licensed and they make
good drivers because they
generally have a good
attitude and more patience.
Colin Manion loves to drive.
His love affair started when he
was 15 in the 1970s when he
brought his first car, a 1962 Mark II
Colin acquired a reputation as a
bit of a rat bag -- today known as
a boy racer .
In those days, cars were built
differently, they were simple and
strong, said Colin.
But to get from 10 miles per hour
to 100 took at least five minutes.
Although Colin never did any-
thing really bad, due to his regular
car antics he became known to the
Colin said in those days the police
did not hesitate to give you a swift
kick in the pants.
However, this was generally
administered with some sound
advice and support.
In fact, in an effort to guide this
exuberant young spirit the local
policeman suggested that Colin join
the army. Colin agreed and joined
the army at the age of 17.
There he learned all about team-
work, self discipline, pride, and
other good traits that put him back
on the straight and narrow.
Colin soon drove all the army s
heavy trucks and machinery.
He undertook every driving
course and finished his time in the
army in the military police.
After leaving the army he drove
trucks and did a short stint as a
prison officer at Rangipo Prison.
But when he saw an opportunity
to drive big haulage trucks, he
offered his services for free to the
local transport company.
This resulted in a fulltime job and
eventually he bought the business
and so began his career as the
owner of a transport company.
While in Turangi, Colin also did a
lot of driving trucks and buses for
the Rangipo Power Scheme.
Driving 1.5 km underground is
something you do not do every day.
One day, an unauthorised motor-
ist entered the truck loading area
where Colin was on the ground
helping to load.
The motorist swerved to miss a
forklift but instead hit Colin.
The injuries left him unable to
work for two years and it was dur-
ing this time that he re-evaluated
I still felt I had a lot to offer in
this industry as I had over 30 years
experience, said Colin.
So during my time of limited
mobility I studied and became quali-
fied as a driving instructor and
Colin now runs King Country
Driver Training, offering instruction
This includes all aspects of HT
licensing, from forklift licence, pass-
enger service, vehicle recovery,
wheels tracks and rollers, danger-
ous goods right through to defensive
driving for youth.
I m sure it s a job many parents
would be glad to pass on.
Specialist driving qualifications
offer a secure career path within
many industries. Some qualified
drivers can earn up to $60 per hour
in Australia and the United States.
You can travel while earning a
More women are becoming HT
licensed and they make good drivers
because they generally have a good
attitude and more patience.
Although he is now based in Tau-
marunui and still running a line
haul unit, he combines this with his
driving instruction business.
Colin is enjoying this new venture
and it was not till he started teach-
ing that he realised just how much
he had learnt over the years.
I love that I can share this know-
ledge with others, especially young
I got a second chance as a
teenager. My life could have taken a
different path if it were not for the
helpful guidance of the local police-
For fun outside of work Colin has
replaced the Mark II Zephyr Zodiac
with a Harley Davidson Road King.
Once a motorhead, always a
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