Gat­tuso claims Truck of Show


The Truck of the Show award has gone to Shep­par­ton busi­ness Frank Gat­tuso Trans­port for the se­cond year in a row with Jor­dan Gat­tuso, the son of owner Frank, tak­ing home the top award.

Jor­dan claimed the 2017 De­niliquin Truck Show & In­dus­try Expo’s most cov­eted tro­phy with his 1996 Peter­bilt, painted in com­pany colours.

Col­league Matthew Clark claimed the 2016 tro­phy with the com­pany’s Ken­worth K108 Big­cab.

Jor­dan, 19, has been part of the fam­ily busi­ness for a num­ber of years, and started driv­ing only a few months ago.

‘‘It’s dad’s com­pany, but my truck,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve been work­ing in the com­pany for five or six years, but only started driv­ing in June this year.

‘‘I’m also in my third year as a diesel me­chanic ap­pren­tice.’’

Like the other Gat­tuso trucks, Jor­dan’s Peter­bilt has a num­ber of cus­tomised fea­tures.

It in­cludes a cus­tomised step, tank wraps, guards and vi­sor.

The lou­vre grill also makes the truck stand out in a crowd, along with the back bar and trim un­der­neath and eight inch pipes.

In­side the cab are other cus­tom fea­tures, like the ex­tended gear stick and the work to change the stan­dard wood trip dash to a ma­chine fin­ish look.

‘‘It took a few days to get it ready for the show, so it was good to win,’’ Jor­dan said.

‘‘I had been clean­ing and pol­ish­ing since Thurs­day, with some fi­nal touches af­ter the drive to Deni Satur­day morn­ing be­fore judg­ing.’’

■ More, in­clud­ing full results, in Fri­day’s edi­tion.

RIGHT: Jor­dan Gat­tuso, rep­re­sent­ing his fa­ther’s com­pany Frank Gat­tuso Trans­port in Shep­par­ton, won the 2017 Truck of the Show tro­phy for his 1996 Peter­bilt.

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