skiing penguin returns
Truck sign-writer Gordon ‘Crackers’ McCracken is accustomed to turning heads when he takes his spectacular 1974 Kenworth S2 to truck events. He attracted an extra dose of attention when the S2 pulled Russell Ricardo’s restored chiller van to Gundagai for the Sylvia’s Gap Truck Run.
Russell bought the chiller van from Alice Springs last year. He had it sandblasted and painted, and then took it to Gordon, whose truck sign-writing business is located in Wodonga, Victoria. Russell asked Gordon to sign-write the trailer in the fashion of the old Coldstorage Transport vans, complete with the once-familiar skiing penguin.
Russell towed a Coldstorage van in the early 1970s. The company was founded by Tony Nevins in 1960 and is remembered for its large fleet of Kenworths and the skiing penguin.
Gordon, who has been lining and scrolling trucks for 40 years, referred to old photographs to reproduce the sign-writing. The van was a hit at Gundagai. “Everyone just recognised the penguin on the skis,” Gordon says.
He looks forward to seeing the van behind Russell’s 1968 Seattle cab-over Kenworth.
Above: Sign-writer Gordon McCracken painted Coldstorage Transport’s famous skiing penguin on Russell Ricardo’s chiller van Below: Gordon McCracken’s Kenworth S2 pulled Russell Ricardo’s chiller van on the Sylvia’s Gap Truck Run