Innovator inducted into Transport Hall of Fame


Tidd Ross Todd (TRT)’s founder and director, Dave Carden has been honoured by the transport industry and inducted into the New Zealand Road Transport Hall of Fame at a black tie event held in Invercargill.

Mr Carden, 87, was supported by his family, TRT directors and long serving staff as he was honoured for the significant contribution he has made as a supplier and supporter of the New Zealand road transport industry.
“I feel great honour and pride to be accepted as a member of this impressive gathering of industry talent. I thank the Richardson Group for their dedication to the history of the NZ Road Transport Industry” said Mr Carden.

This industry recognition comes at the same time TRT is celebrating 50 years in business (1967 – 2017), and Mr Carden was instrumental in its long term success.

Kevin Chubb, TRT’s managing director said “TRT has always understood the significant contribution Dave has made to the heavy transport and crane industries in New Zealand. This has now been recognised by his peers and the industry. We are very proud.”

Up to eight individuals are inducted into the NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame each year. They are chosen from owner operators, large operators with 50 or more trucks, individuals that have made significant contribution to the Road Transport Association and suppliers and supporters of the industry – the category under which Mr Carden was inducted.

At 28 years of age, Carden founded Southside Engineering in Putaruru in 1958, followed by Jack Tidd Ross Todd in 1967 and went on to become managing director of Tidd Ross Todd Limited from 1987-1997. Now retired, Mr Carden remains active in the business as a director.

He has lead innovative contributions to many large scale engineering projects and transport engineering innovations in New Zealand and more recently Australia. From modifying a Bedford truck to operate as a mobile crane to developing heavy transport trailer technology that carries some of Australasia’s largest equipment and cranes. Other feats include:
• Putaruru Rail Bridge -1965
• Development of Tag Axles – 1969
• Kaimai Tunnel Beams – 1970
• Logging Jinkers – 1970
• Tidd Crane Carrier – 1976
• Tidd Hydrasteer – 1982
• Hydraulic House Mover – 1988
• TractionAir CTI – 1998
• Platform Trailers -2013

Considered a great character, engineering genius and inspirational leader, Mr Carden is often quoted as saying “Do it once, do it right.”


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