ski­ing pen­guin re­turns

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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

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