Gatton shines on history
“SPARE Dollars” was one of the stand-outs at the Historic Commercial Vehicle Association of Queensland’s Annual Show at Gatton.
The well-known R-model Mack prime mover was displayed by Steve and Annette Rub, regular supporters of the event.
Coupled to the Mack was a drop-deck trailer which Steve and Annette had used to transport their restored 1953 Allis Chalmers EB tractor and a smaller Case tractor Steve had converted from its former role as a ride-on mower.
Other trucking highlights included David Hecker’s 1970 671 Detroit-powered Atkinson Mark 1, Joe Durre’s 1971 6x4 Scammell Contractor which was powered by a 335hp Cummins and fitted with an Allison automatic gearbox and David McPhan’s “Big Henry”, his 1970s Cummins-powered 4x2 Ford 8000, which won Truck of the Show at the Wauchope Truck Show this past July.
Lockyer Valley councillor Janice Holstein handed the keys of a 1977 4x4 Bedford truck, which had been used as a fire truck in New South Wales, to group president Ron Carroll to officially open the show.
The truck was purchased by the council when former mayor, the late Steve Jones, decided the $15,000 donated to the council’s flood appeal would go towards a vehicle that could be used to traverse floodwater in an emergency.
Organisers said the 2019 HCVAQ event will include a Mack Muster to celebrate 100 years of Mack Trucks in Australia. It will also represent an opportunity to take back the current Australian record of the most Mack trucks assembled in the one place, that’s held by Victoria.
GREAT SUPPORTERS: Steve and Annette Rub displayed their well-known R model Mack prime mover, which s nick-named “Spare Dollars”.
David and Vicky Ryan with their 1965 AB150 International. They are the former Gatton-based Inter’s third owners and when they acquired it 12 months earlier it only had 83,000 miles on the clock.
Doug Hill's Leyland Mandator Finished in BP’s colours is one of a growing number of restored Ergo-cabbed Leylands, a truck that once appeared on our roads in big numbers.
Graham and Pam Beutel with their 1967 International C1500. It has been in their family since 2012 and was previously owned by Betros Bros in Toowoomba.
A very interesting 1950s left-hand drive bonneted Kenworth.
David Hecker and his ex-Cootes Mark 1 Atkinson.
The RACQ’s past and present tow truck display.