Early morn­ing run

Deals on Wheels - - Truck Shows -

Pa­trick Vas­sallo, his son Mark, Vic Pike and son Tyler and a few mates left Syd­ney at 2am on Au­gust 13, ar­riv­ing five hours later, eas­ily mak­ing it to the show on time with three trucks, an old In­ter­na­tional and a B-model Mack hitch­ing the ride on the back of a Ken­worth T900.

How­ever, prepa­ra­tion had started on Thurs­day night, wash­ing the In­ter­na­tional and the T900 be­fore get­ting stuck into the trailer and B-model the fol­low­ing day.

“I bought the In­ter­na­tional from Gary Twyford of Bega,” Pa­trick says. “He re­stored it af­ter buy­ing it from Can­berra where it was haul­ing logs.

“The B-model I bought from its sec­ond owner, a guy from Coober Pedy in South Aus­tralia.

“It’s only done 150,000 orig­i­nal miles and still has its orig­i­nal brakes … it still has the hand­brake on the tail shaft.

“It’s a good truck and will get re­stored next year.”

Vic has been to the last six shows at Dubbo and al­though his pride and joy is a T908, he’s happy with the T900 he brought to Dubbo.

“I don’t use it very much,” Vic says. “It was orig­i­nally a log­ging truck op­er­ated by Bur­gundy Haulage of Coffs Har­bour. I bought it six years ago from Brown & Hur­ley.

“It didn’t look like this when I got it.”

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