Mack mad fam­ily

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LAU­RIE REFALO is another reg­u­lar to the Syd­ney Clas­sic and An­tique Truck Show. Lau­rie was there with five Refalo trucks which he owns in con­junc­tion with broth­ers Luke and Joe.

Lau­rie was also ac­com­pa­nied by four of his six chil­dren – Sa­van­nah, Teneille, Macken­zie and Dy­lan – the two younger ones stay­ing at home.

Ar­guably the stand­out of the Refalo trucks was a 1951 Mack LTL, which the broth­ers bought five years ago.

Lau­rie says they com­pletely re­fur­bished the Mack be­fore tak­ing it to the big 20-year an­niver­sary Road Trans­port Hall of Fame Re­union in 2015.

He ad­mits that he and his broth­ers are “Mack mad”, op­er­at­ing 13 Mack truck and dogs around Syd­ney, al­though he says they also have a few Isuzus and a Fuso as well.

“We’ve got a whole heap of ex­ca­va­tors, doz­ers, and graders,” Lau­rie con­tin­ues.

The Mack’s stun­ning ap­pear­ance was com­pleted by a carved wooden bull­dozer sit­ting on the truck’s tray.

“The wood­work’s by Phil Cas­tle,” he says. “Some­body asked him to make a dozer, but they didn’t take it, so the next thing we ended up with it. It’s a replica of a 22 Cat, made out of a solid tree trunk.”

As well as the LTL, the Re­fa­los had a cou­ple of Chevro­lets on show, plus a Mack Su­per-Liner and a Flint­stone.

Both of those Macks bear the name ‘Jeff’s Dream’.

“I had another brother, Jef­frey, that was al­ways into Mack trucks but he died when he was only 12. He wanted to own a Mack truck, so we’re do­ing it for him,” he says.

Lau­rie says he’s been to ev­ery Syd­ney Clas­sic and An­tique Truck Show since its in­cep­tion, as well as many other clas­sic truck shows.

“We follow them around wher­ever we can,” he says. Well carved: the wooden dozer on the old Mack’s tray

Lau­rie Refalo with four of his six chil­dren. From left: Sa­van­nah, Teneille, Macken­zie and son Dy­lan

The 1951 Mack LTL was one of five Refalo broth­ers’ trucks on show at Pen­rith

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