Wait­ing for the sun

Owner Driver - - OWNER // DRIVER -

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

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