Waiting for the sun
CHRISTIAN MERCADANTE and his father Enzo were both in good spirits when they rolled up at Alexandra, despite Christian’s 1983 Ford Louisville 9000 LNT sporting the name ‘grumpy’ on the bonnet.
“The guy who used to own it before was a really grumpy bloke,” Christian says. “It was on there when I bought the truck, and it suits it.”
Since he bought the Louisville 12 months ago, he’s made a few upgrades, including adding more horsepower, and making changes to the turntable and hydraulics to accommodate the Lincoln side tipper.
“I mainly cart rock and dirt around new subdivisions and I do a bit of demo concrete work,” Christian says.
He arrived in Alexandra in the cool early morning of show day, spending the two previous nights at home washing the truck.
“Friday was a horrible day for carting in paddocks, but it has been a bit of a mission.” As for Alexandra’s wintry weather? “I’m going to put my jacket on in a minute,” he laughs. “But when the sun comes out it will be good.”
Christian Mercadante (right) with his father Enzo and the ‘grumpy’ Ford Louisville