Open day wows the crowd

Cel­e­brat­ing Drake’s 60 year his­tory

Big Rigs - - NEWS - Kate Dodd kate.dodd@bi­grigs.com.au

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.

PHO­TOS: KATE DODD

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.

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