Echuca showcases ‘legends’
ABOUT 13 years ago, Rossco Talbot and five of his mates decided to have a little get-together with their trucks.
The meeting place was to be a bakery in Echuca on the Murray River. Thirteen years back, social media was probably still to be invented – and if it was, most truckies were still struggling with coming to terms with their mobile phones, much less anything else.
Still, the boys sent up smoke signals, inviting anyone and everyone to join them and the jungle drums started beating.
The day arrived and 80 rigs blocked the streets of Echuca. That bakery had the best trading day.
Twelve shows later and Rossco has been the American Truck Historical Society president for the past five years: “Nobody else wants the job and someone has to do it”.
Every show pulls well in excess of 200 trucks and trailers, with folk coming from all over.
This year South Australia, NSW, the Northern Territory and Tasmania were all represented.
The prerequisite to being a member is the truck must be 25 years or older. That’s for the truck registration.
Otherwise they welcome everyone to come and display whatever they own.
“You don’t even have to have a truck to be a member,” Rossco said.
“If you love them, come and support us. The point of difference between ourselves and other truck shows around the country is that we don’t have prizes.
“We just park up, come and go whenever we want and have a good gettogether. We’re all legends in our own lunchtime.”
EASY BEING GREEN: Here’s the truck for Kermie.
1986 KW C500, ex-Transwest Transport.
Start ‘em young.
Turned plenty of heads.
”Another beer Crackers?” Nah ... yeah, Billy.
Rick and Delice pop over from Adelaide in Rick’s “runabout”.
Thought you needed a bunk for Original Sin.