With more than 60 trucks on the road, you’ve probably seen them around. They’re as iconic to Park Ridge as the local water tower, and after more than forty years of serving the Park Ridge community, Harvey’s ‘Knights in Shiny Trucks’ are still going strong.
Fred & Rina Harvey started Harvey’s Towing from their place in Salisbury in 1977. Fred was able to secure a long term towing contract with the RACQ and the Queensland Police Service, which gave the business a great foundation to grow from. Soon one truck became two and then a few and then the need for a workshop and offices. So they went looking for a place to base their growing business. After a few short stays in Salisbury, Hillcrest and at the Park Ridge petrol station, they eventually set up base in their current headquarters at Park Ridge, right under the water tower. Longtime Harvey’s employee and current owner of Harvey’s Towing, Joe Andriske, remembers Fred fondly as a hard worker, “He was a very generous man who would help anyone, anywhere, anyhow.”
Joe & Patrice Andriske saw the potential in Harvey’s to not just build a family business but to be able to serve the local community and help improve the towing industry. So when Fred was ready to hang up his boots, Joe & Patrice took up the challenge and brought their children and growing, extended family in for the ride. There are currently nine Andriske family members amongst the 70 plus staff, and the business continues to grow every year. Reminiscing about growing up in the Andriske family, Joe’s middle daughter Taeghan, now Administrations and Accounts Manager, recalls, “Most of my best memories growing up are of Harvey’s and being around this place and working with my mum in the office with my sisters.”
Harvey’s is now one of the top four towing companies in Queensland but forging community partnerships has been one of the strengths of the business as they do what they can to build up the people around them. From working with the QPS to deliver on their road safety campaigns, helping Park Ridge High School students become better and safer drivers and supporting charities like Hampers for the Homeless, Clean Up Australia Day and Convoy for Kids, Harvey’s is doing a lot more than just showing up when you break down.
It is worth remembering that towing isn’t just about hauling cars and trucks around the countryside. These ‘Knights’ are on call 24/7, 365 days a year and are often the first on the scene to some of the state’s most horrific incidents. The toll this takes on the drivers and their families is significant and worth remembering next time you see them driving past.
The Andriske family’s love of all things automotive has lead to the development of the ‘Riskie Racing’ team which competes around the country in the HQ Holden Category. The four Andriske drivers, Joe Andriske, Brandon Madden, Scott Andriske and Ben Simpson, placed 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 6th in the 2018 championships and are looking forward to a great 2019 season.