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
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,
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