History was on show at the
Heaps of great trucks on show
IT’S A bright, sunny morning as I head through the gates of the Yarra Glen Racecourse to be greeted by a sea of transport of the non-legged variety.
The Historic Commercial Vehicle Club of Victoria is staging their 37th event, and their fourth in the picturesque grounds of this racecourse.
The HCVC shows originated at the International factory in Dandenong then moved to the old Croydon Drive-In of which this then local has many fond memories. A couple moves later and AFL Park became the venue until they (the AFL) decided to sell it.
Then came the Monash University carpark followed by eight or nine years at Sandown and now Yarra Glen Racecourse which is just a terrific venue.
Given the age of some of the vehicles in attendance, it’s a fair bet that in a race, the four legs would probably outdo the four wheels in many cases. Certainly Winx wouldn’t have a problem.
As well as trucks, the show has attracted a large number of other vehicles including historical ambulances, buses and an
❝ ... just got back from a 900kms road run up in a high country, around Kosciusko, chasing brumbies. She’s pretty reliable. That was until I ran out of fuel outside the entrance to the grandstand here at Yarra Glen. — David Horne
array of cars to die for. “It gives us some variety on top of the 200 odd trucks we have in attendance,” past president Russ Marshall said.
Just inside the entrance is a British Bedford and sitting behind the wheel – just – is a bloke by the name of David Horne.
We haven’t seen David for a while. Apparently because he’s doing a lot more road runs these days at the expense of truck shows. David’s Bedford is a 1934 model.
“I’ve just got back from a 900kms road run up in a high country, around Kosciusko, chasing brumbies. She’s pretty reliable. That was until I ran out of fuel outside the entrance to the grandstand here at Yarra Glen.”
The truck has done 63,611 miles.
“I’ve done every one of them and don’t I know it.” Top speed is 73kph. “I do want to go too fast. I like the ambience of the road and I like the kangaroos to be able to get off the road. I want to give everything a bloody chance to get off the road and around me.”
A trucking aficionado, a nature lover and a humanitarian is our Dave.
Robbie Rose is well known to many in the trucking fraternity for the brilliant photos he has taken over a number of years.
Sadly, Robbie has laid down his cameras for the time being to concentrate on making a buck or two.
And there’s nothing wrong with that. Already the proud owner of a black nine-seater Cadillac he has just purchased his first “personal’’ truck, a 1988 Ford 9000, also in black.
“It was a farmer’s truck north of Roma. He had it since 2006. He had a massive property up there and just travelled from one station to another with his cattle truck. It wasn’t even registered as he just drove it between paddocks,” Robbie said.
“I’m looking in the photos and saw it had a 54 inch bunker which was pretty cool.
“I got up there and fell in love with it straight away thinking that it had so much potential. It was filthy to a level that I’ve never seen a truck before.
“There were wasp nests inside it, there were termite ant hills built in the wheels and the red dust, you just would not believe! Just coming up here from Geelong and I had to sweep the floor out. I reckon that dust will show up for the next year before I get it all.
“Most importantly from my point of view, it’s only done 20,000kms since a full engine rebuild. Whatever I intend to do with it, that motor is done. I know I’ll make it to Alice Springs in 2020 and get back home.”
The 9000 was Robbie’s plan B.
“I wanted a W model and in fact had my eye on one that I been negotiating over. Justin Kloss asked me if I bought it (the Louisville) and I said no. He told me to turn around and get it and if the W model becomes available we’ll buy the LTL off you.
“It was shipped down to Melbourne and I was driving it home behind that big steering wheel back to Geelong and I just fell in love with it to the stage of, sorry boys, you can’t have it.
As truck shows go, Yarra Glen is right up there. Do yourself a favour and plan now for next year.
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