Open day wows the crowd
Celebrating Drake’s 60 year history
WHEN you’re tiny, big machines can be a bit overwhelming.
But not for the many young boys who were walking around the yard at Drake Trailers’ 60th anniversary open day celebrations.
When I asked to take a photo of young Tyson Johnson, who attended the event with his mother, he was completely focused on the matter at hand – the huge, shiny truck he was standing in front of.
Tyson was in awe for good reason – there were many amazing-looking trucks on display at the open day.
And it wasn’t just the younger generation completely enamoured by the machines, so were the older generations.
Henry Mom travelled all the way from Holland in the Netherlands to attend the event and see for himself Drake Collectables’ worldfamous diecast models.
Henry, who has enjoyed collecting model trucks and has worked for the European model brand WSI, said he had known Bruce Hey, the head of the collectables division, for many years and jumped at the chance to travel to Australia for the big reveal of the 60th anniversary model.
As for what he thought about this year’s new model?
“It’s superb, really amazing. All of that chrome is really amazing.”
The open day also included several trucks on display and activities for the children.
Drake Trailers recently ran a Facebook competition to find the oldest registered trailer.
The winner was John C. Beaumont Earthmoving from Muirlea in Ipswich.
Both the trailer and dolly were proudly displayed on the day and were coupled with the O’Phee Prime Mover – 1973 Mercedes Benz 1418 Single Drive Prime Mover.
The trailer was a 1972-built Drake 4x8 Swing Wing and Dolly.
The trailer still works most days in the local area moving Cat D10 Bulldozers and Scrapers.
The trailer was originally built without ramps and the join allowed operators to “flip” the rear axle group over for empty travel, saving fuel and tyres.
BIG TRUCKS: Zachary (left) and Oliver Jackson check out some big machinery.
John C Beaumont Earthmoving’s trailer was on display.
One of the vehicles up for the People's Choice award.
Henry Mom travelled from Holland for the unveiling.
Tyson Johnson is in awe of this big truck.