Castlemaine shows the best of region
"ROLL up, roll up,” they say.
And every year they do just that, to Castlemaine in Victoria.
The threat of inclement weather did nothing to deter a couple of hundred trucks or more from coming to a show that is one of the icons on the trucking calendar.
First-time attendee Al Mazzeo bought his 2011 Mack Trident to the show at the request of Truckers Toy Store who added some bling in the way of chrome and lighting. Al has owned the truck for three years. It runs a Volvo 535hp motor via an auto box and sports a 50 inch bunker.
Al has been an owner-driver for the last 20 years and is currently doing local work.
"I've always been a Kenworth man but I just liked the look of this and I thought I could do something with it. It doesn't miss a beat. For an all-white truck I get a lot of looks out on the road.”
Michael Bransgrove has a 2013 Freightliner Coronado which he bought new and is for sale at $115,000 should any reader be interested.
The truck has 750,000 km on it and has been extensively tricked up. "You can never have too many lights.”
How about the aero foil on the roof?
"It keeps the drive on the ground when you're running bobtail, ha ha! More importantly, it was somewhere to put more lights. It's been a really good truck, probably one of the best Freightliner's I've had. A couple of small oil leaks which were fixed up under warranty and that's been it.”
This is going to be a nice reliable beast for anyone that wants a good-looking American truck that stands out from the crowd. Anyone interested can ring Michael on 0409 363 122.
Paul Maloney of Maloney Transport based at Traralgon bought seven trucks to the show. Paul and his brother, Dave have been in business with their own trucks for five years and make their living hauling cement and lime products. Given the job they do the trucks look pretty schmick. Paul's personal drive is an SAR.
We walked past three TNM Road Services trucks with bonnets up and as many ladies working on them as men. Owner, 'Tits' (maybe an acronym for This-Is-The-Show) business is based at Cranbourne. The first time at Castlemaine, Tits brought three Kenworth's to the show the company has 120 bits of gear.
Jason Foo, better known as Jr drives for JNT trucking basted Kilmore just outside of Melbourne. Owner, James Thomas is a bit keen on the Peterbilt product which suits Jr down to the ground.
Jason is a new kid on the block, having joined the company a little over a month ago. He sits behind the wheel of a 2015, 389 Peterbilt. (Parked right next door is a 2017 model.) "Oh mate, I'm rapt! I can't get the smile off my face. I actually thought I was getting the newer model but like I care! I'm as happy as Larry. No I'm not, I'm happier!”
The Rig of the Show Saturday winner was the Cornwill family's Kenworth T408 which also won Best Truck 7 to 14 years.
Troy Cornwill elaborates: "It's a 2008 model - one of Cahill's old ones out of Laverton. We've had it for 12 months and done a little bit of work on it. We stripped it completely from the ground up, rebuilt everything and painted it in our colours. We took it into Thorpe's and they did a fair bit of custom work on it - tanks, steps, rear bumper, lighting and wrapped the tanks. We use it for what we normally do, which is carting steel around town in B-double formation.”
The winner of the show on Sunday was Paul Richards, an electrician from Werribee.
"Just an average electrician building a truck mate.
"I used to show cars years ago and I just decided I'd had enough of cars and I'd like to tackle a truck.
"My best mate, Martin Davies has got a ripper shed and without him this wouldn't have happened.”