Tribute to Doug
JAMIE SMEATON’S 1977 Kenworth K125 on show at Penrith is a tribute to his father Doug, who passed away 10 years ago.
He says his dad drove a similar model regularly from Sydney to Melbourne in the 1970s and ’80s.
“His nickname was ‘Agro’, as written on the truck and on the back of the sleeper cab,” Jamie points out.
Jamie bought the Detroit Diesel turbo-powered K125 three years ago, admitting it was a bit of a wreck at the time.
“She was sitting in a paddock for five years,” he says. “I’ve been doing it up for the last three years, and this is what it’s come to so far.”
“The interior’s been done, all the running gear’s been done, such as new bars, new tyres … new everything. I’ve spent at least 20 grand on it; it’s come up pretty good,” he smiles.
A member of the Hunter Valley Classic Commercial Vehicle Club, Jamie took the K125 to this year’s Haulin’ The Hume, as well as regular weekend club road runs around Newcastle.
Jamie has been involved in road transport for 27 years, including 16 driving interstate.
For the past seven years, however, he’s been behind the wheel of a Cement Australia Western Star.
“I’ve got a few kilometres behind me,” he says.
The K125 restoration indirectly led to Jamie getting off interstate and driving local.
“My wife wanted me back home again, so she had to bribe me to get me off interstate and buy me something I could keep home on weekends.”
The K125 took part in this year’s Haulin’ The Hume
Jamie Smeaton says he’s spent around $20,000 restoring the K125 to its former glory
The 1977 Kenworth is a tribute to Jamie’s late father, Doug ‘Agro’ Smeaton