This blog is about old trucks and any other historical matters that I feel like writing about. John and I have four old trucks, a 1976 N1025 Volvo, which John purchased new, a 1974 1418 Mercedes Benz, a 1989 Volvo 12 Intercooler and a 1973 F86 Volvo which is also known as 'the Bubble'. John is a Cartage Contractor and has driven and owned trucks for over 50 years.
I am the Local History Librarian at at Public Library Service in the south-east suburbs of Melbourne. I am also the President of the Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp Historical Society, the secretary of the South Eastern Historical Association and the Trafalgar Truck Restorers Club.
The Last of the Chrome Bumper Show took place at Lardner Park, Warragul on Sunday October 6 2013. Organiser, Dennis Jones, said that there were over 2,000 vehicles on display and 8,000 people came through the gates. You'd have to be happy with that. I only took photographs of the trucks - so here they are, arranged alphabetically, as I'm a Librarian.
Graeme Johnson's TK Bedford. It's got a new paint job - it used to be orange.
Jim Parker's neat little Bedford.
Eric Shingles' 1418 Benz. Keeping it in the family, his uncle, Graham Young, displayed his Benz,a 1424, (below)
This is our Benz, 1974 1418. The best one in the world, even if I do say so myself.
Warwick Bryce's Chev. He brought it on the back of his Leader.
Two Commer Knockers - John Gramlick, above, and Steve Cammilleri, below.
Sam Capes De Soto. I love this truck.
Aldo Marson's Diamond T.
Bob Lee's 1937 Diamond T.
Des and Julie Walker's Diamond T.
Fred Love's Diamond T. This was the first time we have seen it. Fred got it from Frank Marchetti, has had it in the shed for about 35 years and has just restored it. Because we love it so much, here it is again, below.
Bill O'Halloran's Dodge.
Glenn Lancey's Dodge.
John Fowler's Dodge.
Mick De Vries' Federal. We hadn't seen this before, so here two views of it.
Joe Beaumont's neat little Ford, another truck I love.
David O'Farrell's 1987 Ford Louisville LNT 9000.
Stan Hamilton's Ford.
This is a Humber Hawk, not a truck, but it belongs to John Burley, who is a member of the Trafalgar Truck Restorers Club, of which I am Secretary, so it gets a picture.
John Denholm's International log jinker.
John and Bev Ferguson own this Inter. Always a popular exhibit.
Vyn Harris' Kenworth. He's the President of the Trafalgar Truck Restorers Club.
That's another Kenworth.
Warwick Bryce's Leader.
Not a truck, a Land Rover. I only put it in as it belongs to Eric Shingles and he's a Benz owner.
The American Truck Historical Society (ATHS) held their Echuca show on September 7 and 8, 2013. It was a great weekend. The venue, Rotary Park, was good, the weather was great and we had a fun weekend. Well done, ATHS! There were around 220 vehicles on display and here are the Dodges and Kenworths. If you want to see the Macks, which were the featured make, then click here. If you want to see the other American trucks such as Inters, Fords, Chevs, Diamonds and Whites, then click here. To see the English and European trucks, click here.
Gary and Linda O'Keefes Dodge
Another O'Keefe Dodge and the one below belongs to his dad.
Max Devlin's popular 1928 Dodge, ends the Dodge line-up.
There was a great range of Kenworths on display.
Paddy Ward,s two Kenworths. He came all the way from Orange and also had his Federal Ampol truck.
This post shows the Dodges and Kenworths. If you want to see the Macks, which were the featured make, then click here. If you want to see the other American trucks such as Kenworths, Fords, Chevs, Diamonds and Whites, then click here. To see the English and European trucks, click here.