Early morning run
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.”