Clas­sic trucks visit Jack­son

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON DANNEVIRKE - By STEVE CARLE´

Pahiatua was on the itin­er­ary for the North­ern Clas­sic Com­mer­cial Long Lap on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 26 with truck driv­ers hav­ing lunch at Tui HQ fol­lowed by a visit to Jack­son En­ter­prises truck trailer build­ing fac­tory.

Up to 95 clas­sic trucks joined in, tour­ing from Wellington, New Ply­mouth, Tau­maranui, Cam­bridge via the For­got­ten High­way: Ro­torua, Whakata¯ ne, Gis­borne, Hast­ings, Tai­hape via Gen­tle An­nie, Pahiatua to Grey­town and back to Wellington.

The club was started in 2006 by Ray and Fiona Reid of Reid’s Trans­port.

“It has be­come pop­u­lar with a great fol­low­ing of like-minded peo­ple,” says Mr Reid.

They have club runs about ev­ery three months and cover dif­fer­ent ar­eas around the coun­try­side.

Ev­ery two years they travel to some­where in the South Is­land or North Is­land. This year they at­tended an auc­tion of old trucks, trac­tors and parts at Barry Caulfield’s in Whakata¯ ne.

Dave Sauer from Queens­land, Aus­tralia, has at­tended three runs now, bring­ing a truck over each time.

His Oshkosh truck, Crazy Cat, has an 11-litre Cat mo­tor with two spare Cat mo­tors se­cured on

the back to give a bet­ter ride.

The Oshkosh is built by the old­est truck man­u­fac­turer in the world in Wis­con­sin, USA.

It has been sold now and will be garaged in Wellington.

Around 60 club mem­bers were given a tour of Jack­son En­ter­prises truck build­ing fac­tory.

The fin­ish­ing shop had truck trail­ers lined up wait­ing for a fi­nal fit­ting.

There is a brake ma­chine there for check­ing if units are up to COF stan­dard.

Across the road and the orig­i­nal work­shop has ex­panded into a num­ber of pur­pose-built fa­cil­i­ties.

The 25m spray booth will be re­placed along with a new sand­blast­ing shed side by side to keep up with the ex­pan­sion pro­gramme.

Car trans­porters were on the floor be­ing built along­side truck trail­ers be­ing brought in for re­pairs.

Jack­son En­ter­prises have now pro­duced 800 truck trail­ers, so look out for their logo next time you are fol­low­ing a truck.

Crazy Cat, im­ported from Queens­land by Dave Sauer, has an 11 litre Cat mo­tor.

Club mem­bers were split into three groups. Here Trevor Jack­son is show­ing a car trans­porter be­ing built with a cur­tain sider be­ing re­paired in the back­ground.

Graeme Skou, one of the or­gan­is­ers of the Long Lap, ready to jump down from his Mack truck.

Poster truck — a Ken­worth owned by Ray & Fiona Reid of Reid’s Trans­port is on the cover of the Clas­sic Truck Club news­let­ter.

Trevor Jack­son, owner of Jack­son En­ter­prises, ex­plains how the truck deck and trailer build­ing busi­ness started.

Clas­sic Truck Club mem­bers in­spect the lat­est truck deck build at Jack­son En­ter­prises.

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