Mack mad family
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