A sparkie by trade, Tommy O’Connell has spent around half of his life in trucks. For the show he brought along a 1977 Ford Louisville.
“I’ve always owned a truck while working as an electrician,” Tommy explains.
“My family has a history in trucks. When we were kids, dad had Commer Knockers and then petrol Commers, and then he bought MANs.
“I find the Louisvilles very attractive both to look at and live in.”
Tommy did interstate in the early ’80s and says he can’t remember seeing many Kenworths on the road in those days.
“Now they are everywhere, but a lot of Fords burnt,” he explains.
“There is a little vent on top of the dash; it’s the right size for a box of matches.
“What happens is the matches find their way down to the heater speed coil, they set fire to the plastic and up she goes.
“In the ’80s old Fords would be on the side of the road everywhere!”