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Celebrating Macks

SHOW TRUCK: Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones with Historic Commercial Vehicle Association of Queensland members Graham Kircher, Ian Pearse and Graham Bristow. Photo Carly Morrissey
SHOW TRUCK: Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones with Historic Commercial Vehicle Association of Queensland members Graham Kircher, Ian Pearse and Graham Bristow. Photo Carly Morrissey

LOCKYER Valley Mayor Steve Jones knows all too well the value of a good Mack truck.

"We've had a couple of big floods," he told Big Rigs.

The issue with the floods is being cut off from the outside world without supplies of food or water.

Mayor Jones said a means of road transport that could stand up to the floods was needed.

In 2011 he used a loader to push a track through the flood-ravaged valley and drove the oldest Mack in the council fleet to get 87 people stuck in their houses to safety.

"The water was half the way up the Mack door.

"The Mack carried the mud away and all the supplies."

However, the old Mack is near the point of retirement. "Really that truck should be in the (Gatton Transport) museum," he said.

You can check out some amazing Mack trucks that carry this nation on show at the Historic Commercial Vehicle Association of Queensland (HCVAQ) second Mack Muster held in the Lockyer Valley in September.

PROUD OF MACKS: HCVAQ vice-president Graham Kircher.
PROUD OF MACKS: HCVAQ vice-president Graham Kircher. Carly Morrissey

People are bringing their Macks from all around Australia and three are being shipped over from New Zealand.

The Lockyer Valley council's new Bedford truck will also be at the truck show.

"We decided we needed a 4WD vehicle to get food in and carry people out. We looked at Unimogs etc, a lot of vehicles, we weren't happy with Japanese 4WD engagement," Mayor Jones said.

"We needed tough, strong and simple."

They found an old Bedford that used to be a rural fire truck in Geelong, bought it back to the council workshop, stripped it back to the chassis and restored it.

"It didn't cost a lot of money," Mayor Jones said.

The HCVAQ donated $15,000 to the council for the truck out of proceeds from previous Mack Musters - they wanted to help the people of the Lockyer Valley.

Mayor Jones said the money covered the purchase price and some of the rebuilding.

The Bedford has a home in Gatton's Transport Museum.

The 2014 HCVAQ Mack Muster will be held at the Gatton Showgrounds on September 27 and 28.

Contact Mark and Donna on (07) 5546 7050 for more information.

Big Rigs

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