Models, big and small, a tribute
CRAIG Membrey now has a model replica of his Kenworth T909 Rowan truck after Drake Trailers launched the new model range at the Melbourne Truck Show.
"It was worth the wait," Mr Membrey told Big Rigs.
"I'm pretty privileged...it bought a tear to my eye. The support of the people behind me is pretty cool," he said.
The Rowan truck is dedicated to the memory of Mr Membrey's son Rowan John Membrey who took his own life at age 17.
Rowan had a full life ahead of him but was affected by depression, a condition that affects more and more people.
In his honour his father had a Kenworth T909 airbrushed with images of his son to promote awareness of depression.
Mr Membrey is now the proud owner of the first model released - the second went to the CEO of Beyondblue and numbers three and four went to Paccar.
Drake Trailers Marketing Manager Bruce Hay said the company had been thinking about releasing another bonneted truck and picking the Rowan truck wasn't a hard decision.
"Craig has been a customer of Drake for a long time, he owns 10 trailers," Mr Hay said.
"He's a good customer and an ambassador for Drake. It's a subject close to most people.
"When we first released a bonneted truck in 2010 Rowan was still alive. It was a no brainier really."
The model has working suspension, steering and adjustable locking turn table. If features a bonnet and doors that open and air ride seats in the cab.
"Drake was privileged to work with Craig and produce the model," Mr Hay said.
A donation from each sale will be given to Beyondblue.
"We've been behind the cause from day one," Mr Hay said.
Mr Membrey said mental health was a major issue.
"At the moment the stats show 3.5 million people in the country live with depression and anxiety and 68,000 people attempt to take their life each year. Last year 2,400 people took their own life," he said.