Echuca show­cases ‘le­gends’

Big Rigs - - ECHUCA TRUCK SHOW - Gra­ham Harsant

ABOUT 13 years ago, Rossco Tal­bot and five of his mates de­cided to have a lit­tle get-to­gether with their trucks.

The meet­ing place was to be a bak­ery in Echuca on the Mur­ray River. Thir­teen years back, so­cial me­dia was prob­a­bly still to be in­vented – and if it was, most truck­ies were still strug­gling with com­ing to terms with their mo­bile phones, much less any­thing else.

Still, the boys sent up smoke sig­nals, invit­ing any­one and ev­ery­one to join them and the jun­gle drums started beat­ing.

The day ar­rived and 80 rigs blocked the streets of Echuca. That bak­ery had the best trad­ing day.

Twelve shows later and Rossco has been the Amer­i­can Truck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent for the past five years: “No­body else wants the job and some­one has to do it”.

Ev­ery show pulls well in ex­cess of 200 trucks and trail­ers, with folk com­ing from all over.

This year South Aus­tralia, NSW, the North­ern Ter­ri­tory and Tas­ma­nia were all rep­re­sented.

The pre­req­ui­site to be­ing a mem­ber is the truck must be 25 years or older. That’s for the truck regis­tra­tion.

Oth­er­wise they wel­come ev­ery­one to come and dis­play what­ever they own.

“You don’t even have to have a truck to be a mem­ber,” Rossco said.

“If you love them, come and sup­port us. The point of dif­fer­ence be­tween our­selves and other truck shows around the coun­try is that we don’t have prizes.

“We just park up, come and go when­ever we want and have a good get­to­gether. We’re all le­gends in our own lunchtime.”

PHO­TOS: GRA­HAM HARSANT

EASY BE­ING GREEN: Here’s the truck for Ker­mie.

1986 KW C500, ex-Tran­swest Trans­port.

Start ‘em young.

Turned plenty of heads.

”An­other beer Crack­ers?” Nah ... yeah, Billy.

Rick and Delice pop over from Ade­laide in Rick’s “run­about”.

Thought you needed a bunk for Orig­i­nal Sin.

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