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.

No words are needed.

Spe­cial edi­tion pur­ple nugget.


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