Wednesday, August 28, 2013

HCVC run to Point Nepean and the Mornington Peninsula

We went on the Historic Commercial Vehicle Clubs (HCVC) run to the Mornington Peninsula and Point Nepean, which was held on Sunday, August 25 2013. We met at Lyndhurst and then went to Point Nepean and after lunch we headed back to the very windy and twisty Arthur's Seat Road and then had  a look at Charlie's Auto Museum,   Here are some of the vehicles that did the trip.

Two Atkinson's - the one above belongs to Robert French. 

And because they are a good looking duo - here they are again.

Graham and Shirley Pollards Austin 1800 ute.

Davis Horne's 1934 British Bedford.

Adrian Hem's J-model Bedford. The camera lens was a bit rain splattered.

Robert Johnston's Bedford.

A Chev.

Peter and Tracy Rochows' Chev.

A 1954 Chev

Steve Camilleri's Commer. Steve organised the run - great work Steve!

Stephen Corstorphan's Diamond T.

Brian Dawe's Dodge

Ian Castle's Ford

Donny McGregor's Ford

Another Corstorphan vehicle, a Ford.

Russell Marshall's Ford

Sean Denny's Ford

Jarrod Blair's Inter

Daryl Lloyd's International Acco

Another International

Bill O'Halloran's Inter

Trevor Davis' Inter - unfortunately for Trevor, this truck broke down and had to be carted home.

John Denholm's International timber jinker

David Wenker's Inter with Graeme Johnston's Commer

We took the Defender, not a truck, but it made a pair with Ray O'Halloran's Range Rover.

Mick Black's Mack.

Stan Hamilton's lovely Maple Leaf

There were two Transtars - Colin Hook's is above and Allan Taylor's is below. For some reason I didn't take  a photo of Colin's truck - I had to 'borrow' this picture from his Facebook page.

Flying the flag for the European trucks was Jeff Johnston and his Volvo

Overview of the trucks at Point Nepean

Sadly, Trevor's truck broke down, but luckily Sean came to the rescue. There were plenty of fellow drivers to offer advice, support, take photos etc.

 Job done!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

International Truck factory at Dandenong

The International Harvester truck  factory was opened in 1952. These photographs were taken by the City of Berwick, most likely in the 1970s or 1980s.

The International truck factory was opened by Mr Casey, Minister for External Affairs on June 27, 1952. The factory cost 1,350,000 million pounds to build. It was built on 57 acres of vacant land at Dandenong. It was later joined by General Motors Holden (opened in 1955) and H.J Heinz which also opened in 1955.

 The Argus June 27, 1952

If you want to all about the trucks produced at  Dandenong, then I can recommend this book by Peter Lynch. It is available from the Historic Commercial Vehicle Club (HCVC)