CON­VOY ALONG THE CALDER

The in­au­gu­ral two-day Calder Con­voy Clas­sic Truck Run will run from Calder Park to Red Cliffs from May 19

Owner Driver - - The Goods - – Greg Bush

THE SUC­CESS OF EVENTS such as Crawlin’ The Hume and Haulin’ The Hume have in­spired the Mil­durabased Trac­tor Restora­tion and Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Club of Sun­raysia (TRACS) to launch the 2018 Calder Con­voy Clas­sic Truck Run.

The in­au­gu­ral Calder High­way event will take place over May 19 and 20, run­ning be­tween Calder Park and Red Cliffs near Mil­dura.

Rob Mansell, one of six peo­ple the TRACS com­mit­tee des­ig­nated to or­gan­ise the event, says the Calder High­way pre­vi­ous trav­elled through towns such as Gis­borne, Wood­end, Kyne­ton and Malms­bury.

“Mar­ket trucks es­pe­cially used to run up and down the Calder High­way. A lot of them would then go north to Bendigo and Echuca or wher­ever,” Rob says. “The free­way now is pretty well be­tween Mel­bourne and Bendigo and all the towns have been by­passed.”

Rob says the Calder Con­voy Clas­sic Truck Run will de­part the BP Calder North­bound BP, near the Calder Park Thun­der­dome, on May 19 around 9am.

“We’ll travel through the towns that have all been cut off,” he con­tin­ues.

“When we get to Charl­ton, around 3 or 4 in the af­ter­noon, we’ll go to the show­ground where the footy club will have their bar open and they’ll put a din­ner on for us that night.”

Rob says that after break­fast on the Sun­day, the con­voy will con­tinue onto Red Cliffs where TRACS will put on an evening bar­be­cue.

“We’ll per­haps do some­thing on Mon­day if there are enough peo­ple, or they can turn around and go home from Charl­ton.”

Rob says 20 ve­hi­cles were locked in by early April, with more were ex­pected right up un­til May 19.

“We’re not ex­pect­ing peo­ple to get their en­tries in un­til the last minute like they usu­ally do,” he says.

Trucks par­tic­i­pat­ing must be 25 years or older, although newer trucks can take part pro­vid­ing they’re haul­ing a truck in the vin­tage cat­e­gory. As for him­self, Rob is plan­ning to have more than the one truck in the con­voy – a 1990 UD, a KB5 In­ter­na­tional as well as his R190 In­ter­na­tional.

“I had to take the ra­di­a­tor out of the R190 to get it fixed and I’m hop­ing to get it in,” he says. “Ei­ther way, I was go­ing to take two trucks any­way. If I have the 190, which shouldn’t be a real is­sue, I’ll put my favourite trailer on the back, fully tarped with a few empty bins on it.

“And I’ll put my KB5 In­ter­na­tional on the back of the UD.”

Rob says de­pend­ing on the turnout, the event could be­come a bi­en­nial or an­nual event.

Above: Rob Mansell is hop­ing to have his In­ter­na­tional R190 ready in time for the Calder Clas­sic Truck Run. Photo: Peter Sch­lenk

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