The old road: Crawlin’ the Hume 2018

Crawlin’ the Hume 2018 at­tracted 255 clas­sic trucks rang­ing from a 1920 T Model Ford to a 1993 Ken­worth T950. Tamara Whitsed writes

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About 255 clas­sic trucks traced the old Hume High­way from Mel­bourne to Al­bury for the fourth Crawlin’ the Hume road run on April 14.

The bi­en­nial event has built up a strong fol­low­ing since it was first held in 2012. Some truck lovers raced against time to com­plete restora­tions for this year’s run.

“The qual­ity of the restora­tion and the money that peo­ple are do­ing now, the hobby has just gone into outer space,” or­gan­iser Rob French says.

Un­re­stored ve­hi­cles were equally wel­come and ad­mired. To be el­i­gi­ble, trucks had to be at least 25 years old. The old­est truck en­tered was Ge­off Brooke’s 1920 Model T. A 1993 Ken­worth T950 was the new­est truck on the run.

Rob says rain through­out the jour­ney “didn’t dampen any­one’s spirit”.

“It might have been a lot bet­ter for every­one to travel on a nice sunny day, but that’s the way it is, and we’re all pretty happy,” he says.

More than 60 of the trucks trav­elled from New South Wales to meet at the start­ing point in Mel­bourne’s north, in­clud­ing a large con­tin­gent of Ken­worths from Syd­ney. “We had en­trants from Tas­ma­nia, Queens­land, and South Aus­tralia,” Rob says. “We had peo­ple come to the din­ner from Amer­ica.”

Liz Martin, for­merly of the Na­tional Road Trans­port Hall of Fame at Alice Springs, North­ern Ter­ri­tory, was a pas­sen­ger through­out the his­toric jour­ney.

THE OLD ROAD

Crawlin’ the Hume be­gan at the Ford Fac­tory, Camp­bell­field. The run passed through Wal­lan,

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1. Colin Webb’s In­ter­na­tional TranS­tar and Mal­colm Hunter’s 1989 Ken­worth K100 crawl the old Hume

2. Bruce Gunter of Syd­ney takes the Haulin’ the Hume trailer through Chiltern

3. Brian Smith’s 1923 T Model Ford com­pleted the run de­spite the rain. Af­ter­wards he took the scenic route back to Mel­bourne, pass­ing through Bon­nie Doon, Alexan­dra and Healesville

4. Or­gan­iser Rob French re­mem­bers driv­ing a Bed­ford on the Hume High­way in the 1970s

5. Ge­off Rudd of Can­berra trav­elled the Vic­to­rian sec­tion of the old Hume 50 years af­ter he first took his 1968 Dodge 760 to Mel­bourne 5

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