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2017 Her­itage Truck Show at Rock­lea in Bris­bane

The 2017 Her­itage Truck Show, held at the Bris­bane truck­ing hub of Rock­lea, played host yet again to an im­pres­sive ar­ray of vin­tage trucks and mem­o­ra­bilia, giv­ing the public a glimpse into by­gone truck­ing days.

De­spite the tor­ren­tial rain fore­casted, on the day you couldn’t spot a cloud in the sky and this el­e­vated the mood for all – es­pe­cially peo­ple want­ing to show­case their shiny bangers!

One truckie stopped Deals on Wheels and told us he didn’t even bother wash­ing his truck be­cause he as­sumed it’d be pour­ing.

“Mate, take a photo on the other side, I thought we’d have a tonne of rain to wash the dust off!” he jokes.

The event saw nearly 150 trucks roll into the Rock­lea Show­grounds, from B-model Macks through to a schmick-look­ing old Oshkosh.

Her­itage Truck As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Trevor Davies talked an en­thralled au­di­ence through each truck­ing relic as it made a lap of the race course – you won’t meet a bloke who knows his vin­tage trucks bet­ter, that’s for sure.

“We’re big into col­lect­ing old trucks … for the preser­va­tion and to see that this equip­ment is kept alive for the younger gen­er­a­tion to see,” Trevor tells Deals on Wheels.

“It looks as though we’ve got a big line-up of trucks to get through for the day and we’ve packed the show­grounds right out.”

Trevor’s wife Phyl­lis is sec­re­tary of the as­so­ci­a­tion, and she kept the event run­ning smoothly through­out and made sure every­body felt wel­come.

“It’s a very good turnout of ve­hi­cles con­sid­er­ing peo­ple were a bit scared of the rain,” Phyl­lis says.

“We also had a cou­ple of new items there we didn’t have last year, such as the tank and the dragline. All of our peo­ple are great, ev­ery­one gets along so well at th­ese shows and it’s such a friendly at­mos­phere.”

The week­end was made pos­si­ble by vol­un­teers at the Her­itage Truck As­so­ci­a­tion Aus­tralia and the event spon­sors which in­cluded Bris­bane Isuzu, Brown and Hur­ley, Cat Trucks, Daim­ler and West­ern Star.

The best part about his­toric truck shows? You won’t meet a more pas­sion­ate bunch. Cobey Bar­tels vis­its the

2017 Her­itage Truck Show at Rock­lea in Bris­bane

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