Super Scania: Eamonn Cummins’ innovative ambitions
Harry the Hook once helped fight fires around Canberra. Soon the superhero Scania will be available for birthday parties. Eamonn Cummins tells Tamara Whitsed about his innovative ambitions
Eamonn Cummins refuses to accept that children can no longer experience the captivating world of trucks, forklifts and diggers.
“I think we can do it right and do it safe and minimise [risk], and still give an experience where it’s done in a controlled, safe environment,” says Eamonn, who owns T7 Plant Hire at Altona, Victoria.
Growing up in the early 1980s, Eamonn regularly spent school holidays on Melbourne construction sites. “My father had a drainage business laying pipes in very deep trenches and hard rock. They used to blast with gelignite. He’d have us driving the machines. You’d be locked up now for it.”
Eamonn isn’t suggesting we should let kids run wild on construction sites. His dream is to build machines to give children a safe, educational and inspiring experience; and ultimately open a theme park where children can safely watch and interact with big rigs, construction equipment and other machines.
Last year he rebuilt a 1994 Scania 93M 250. He named the truck Hieronymus – or Harry the Hook for short. And later this year Harry the Hook will be available for birthday parties.
Imagine the excitement when children see
Harry the Hook arrive, carrying a giant custommade gift box. They could watch Harry’s Hiab
There’s not another one like it in the world.
The Scania crew cab in its previous life as a transporter for fire fighters around the Canberra region
Above: Eamonn Cummins and Harry the Hook