Classics Rock at Penrith Truck Show
Good weather, great atmosphere and a fine collection of commercial vehicles from decades past. A perfect day at this year’s Sydney Classic and Antique Truck Show.
Greg Bush writes
Walking into the sun-filled grounds of Penrith’s Museum of Fire on May 29 for the annual Sydney Classic and Antique Truck
Show was as good a trip back in time you could ever hope for. Vintage truck shows have become increasingly popular over the years, and this year’s show at Penrith, the fifth running of the event, was arguably the most successful to date.
The vehicle exhibitors – and there were more than 200 – were full of enthusiasm. For many, the Sydney Classic and Antique Truck Show is one of many stops along the vintage truck show circuit around the eastern states.
Compared to truck shows of the modern variety, there is no pressure and no place for trophy hunters. It’s simply a day out with family and friends, and an opportunity for vehicle owners to show off their current hobby horse. The general public lapped up the retro machinery on show, while the free ‘thrill’ rides kept the kids entertained for the day.
Trucks of various vintages came from all over Sydney and beyond. It was an impressive array of machinery from a bygone era, from J.K. Williams’ 1942 NR Series Mack to the Cassidy family’s
1979 International T-Line through to some exmilitary Chevys. Number wise, old Bedfords were most prominent, as were Whites, Kenworths, Internationals and Macks. If that wasn’t enough, the cobwebs were dusted off an impressive display of classic fire engines.
In keeping with the retro feel of the show, a double deck bus from Sydney’s bygone era ferried show-goers around the streets of Penrith, and Beatles’ cover band Beatle Magic were note perfect in recalling the music from the ’60s.
There are many who lament the loss of the good old days, and others who recall how tough it was. But the warm atmosphere and the smiling faces told the story that this was one trip back in time worth taking. Next year’s Sydney Classic and Antique Truck Show will take place on May 28.
She’s been chuffing away ever since.
Left: The Museum of Fire was the venue for the venue for the annual Sydney Classic and Antique Truck Show
1. Cassidy’s ’79
2. J. K. Williams’ ’42 NR
3. An ex-military Chevy. 4. Allan Doherty’s stunning
5. The bull bar appeared out of proportion to Retriever Towing’s Atkinson.
6. In case of fire.
7. Kirby Maxwell’s Oshkosh
is a regular at Penrith. 8. One of many old Kenworth cab-overs on show; this one originally sold through Brown & Hurley 2