Tribute to Doug

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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

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