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‘Kings­ford Smith’ was one of 16 Mack Su­per-Liner II lim­ited edition trucks re­leased to mark Aus­tralia’s bi­cen­te­nary in 1988.

Each was named af­ter a fa­mous Aus­tralian. They fea­tured cruise con­trol, colour tele­vi­sions and re­frig­er­a­tors. These fea­tures were con­sid­ered state- of-the-art lux­u­ries back in 1988.

Named af­ter the fa­mous Aus­tralian avi­a­tor, the Kings­ford Smith was built for Jim Ris­tovichis of Kyabram. Jim tells Owner// Driver he owned it for eight weeks, but gave it back to Mack be­cause they didn’t want him to paint it in his fleet colours.

The sec­ond owner was Grant Haynes of De­niliquin. His driver Peter Clark says the Kings­ford Smith only had 1200km on the clock when he first drove it from De­niliquin to Syd­ney.

Pho­tos in Peter’s fam­ily al­bum cap­ture a time when the Kings­ford Smith was barely recog­nis­able. The alu­minium wheels in Peter’s pho­to­graphs are orig­i­nal – it was the only Bi­cen­ten­nial Mack not fit­ted with spi­der wheels. But the colour scheme was al­tered and the name Kings­ford Smith was painted over.

Peter ex­plains the back fuel tanks were re­moved so the truck could legally carry more milk through Maru­lan, but this af­fected the ride.

“It made it a lot rougher. It bounced in the rear end more than it did with the four tanks.”

He is happy the truck is now owned by Mack col­lec­tor Tony Cham­pion of Rock­hamp­ton, Queens­land.Tony bought it from well-known Mack en­thu­si­ast Jon Kelly. One of the pre­vi­ous own­ers re­placed the alu­minium wheels with spi­der wheels which are still on the truck to­day.

“It looks brand-new,” Tony says. “It’s in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion.”

The Kings­ford Smith was orig­i­nally built for Jim Ris­tovichis, who kept it for only eight weeks. Jim kept the name­plate and re­cently gave it to the truck’s new owner, Tony Cham­pion, who has at­tached it to the truck. (Ris­tovichis is mis­spelt on the plate.) Photo by Bernie Cham­pion

The Kings­ford Smith has been re­stored and is now owned by Tony Cham­pion of Rock­hamp­ton. Photo by Bernie Cham­pion

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