Clas­sics Rock at Pen­rith Truck Show

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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.

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Left: The Mu­seum of Fire was the venue for the venue for the an­nual Syd­ney Clas­sic and An­tique Truck Show

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1. Cas­sidy’s ’79

In­ter­na­tional T-Line

2. J. K. Wil­liams’ ’42 NR

Se­ries Mack

3. An ex-mil­i­tary Chevy. 4. Al­lan Do­herty’s stun­ning

Peter­bilt.

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

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