Gat­ton shines on his­tory

Big Rigs - - GATTON TRUCK SHOW - Bob Ri­ley

“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.

PHO­TOS: BOB RI­LEY

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.

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