Classic trucks visit Jackson
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.