We took the Volvo and the 1418 Benz to the Hunter Valley Vintage Truck Muster, held on May 14 & 15 at the old Pelaw Main coal mine at Kurri Kurri in New South Wales. The event was organised by the Hunter Valley Classic Commercial Vehicle Club. It was perfect weather and we had a great time. The highlight of the show was the fact that for the first time ever Volvos outnumbered Kenworths, in fact Benzs also outnumbered Kenworths. The total European truck count was a massive ten! This was a show where English and European trucks dominated. In this post I will show you the European and English trucks and in the next post the American trucks. I will start off with our 1976 N1025 Volvo and our 38ft Freighter trailer.
Our 1974 1418 Benz on the Freighter trailer.
It's a beautiful sight. We bought the Benz in June 2007 and this was it's first trip, since it left the paint shop. The green is the original Nestles colour. It was painted up by Robbie at Victorian Truck Painting in Dandenong South. If you want a good painter, then he's the one.
There were four other historic Volvos on display - it was very exciting as we are usually the only one. There was also a flash new 600hp model.
This is the F86, the earliest Volvo model in Australia. The truck below, owned by Steve King, is a later model F86.
This is an F88 model and the green one below is a F7. For more information on Volvo trucks click here to go to the Australian Volvo Truck Heritage Group web site.
Smiths was a local carrier and the fleet has been saved by HVCCVC members. The trucks made a great display.
A Leyland, another Smith's truck.
Frank La Torre's Foden, a familiar sight to those who frequent historic truck shows in Victoria. It's painted Boral colours.
A 1419, above, also once part of the Smiths group and a 1418 below, owned by Ian Bartholomew.
Bedfords - a pair of TKs above and a neat little red one, below.
Another familiar sight on the historic truck circuit - David Horne's 1934 British Bedford. He drove it all the way up from Croydon in Melbourne and it doesn't even have any glass in the windows.
A 1964 AEC Mandator.
AEC Matador, above, and a Mammoth Major, below.
Lastly, another Smiths vehicle, a Monarch Mark VI. Click here to see all the American trucks on display.