These trucks were just some of the hidden gems at the Wangaratta Historic Motor Show
These trucks were just some of the hidden gems at the Wangaratta Historic Motor Show

It's come up Mickey Mouse: restoring this special truck

ONE of the hidden gems of the Wangarratta Historic Motor Show had a special place in the heart of Richie Gardner, one of the show's organisers.

The truck in question, a Louisville 7000, was lovingly restored by his wife Brownyn and just happened to be the same truck Richie did his apprenticeship on.

The couple tracked down the truck, bought it back, and restored it over an 18-month period.

It was the first time Bronwyn had displayed a truck in a show.

"It's come up Mickey Mouse," Richie said.

The couple's other truck, a Lousville 9000, was among the 200 other vehicles on show at the Victorian event at the weekend.

Richie said it was the second time the show, which was a collaboration between the various clubs around the town - including trucks, cars and other machinery - was held and it was a great success.

"The feedback was awesome, it was very much a family friendly show," he said.

"There was something for the mums and dads and the kids as well."

Richie said the show included a fly over and a tractor pull.

He said they didn't hand out prizes to best vehicles at the show - because every truck was a winner.

"The young fella who only had $20 bucks to put in his old truck is as good as the bloke who spent $20,000 on his," he said.

The show attracted entrants from all over Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.

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