Rig is inspired by the King himself
BEFORE the world knew him as Elvis Presley, it knew him as The Memphis Flash.
"That was his stage name in the '50s before they realised he was going to be someone and started using his real name,” said Elvis fan Tony Kilmartin, who owns the Peterbilt with fellow Elvis lover Yvonne Evans.
"Hence, he was from Memphis and he was a flash across the dance floor.”
The Memphis Flash, in all of his black and purple glory, was the inspiration for the customisation of the Peterbilt (2006 remodelled 2014 truck).
"We're big fans of the rockabilly '50s era,” Tony, who is based in Jimboomba, said.
"Elvis was a huge influence to the music industry and the coolness of the dude and the ratbag side of him appeals to many.”
As well as a custom truck, Tony and Yvonne also own hot rods and other custom cars.
"They reflect on our lifestyle,” he said.
The Memphis Flash, which was kitted out and converted by Retruck in Brisbane, was painted by House of Kolor - Elvis' favourite colours, as Tony tells us - both inside and out.
The whole truck is flamed, including the top of the bonnet and the interior dash.
"The interior is fully customised in black and purple and the velour seats were done by Seats R Us.”
Tony and Yvonne purchased the truck about 18 months ago when they bought it from their long-time friends Ray (aka Elvis) and Karen during a change of business.
"It was too big for the work he was doing so we purchased it to run road trains to Adelaide towing our fridge vans,” Tony said.
And it's not just the music Tony likes, he's a bit of a dancer as well.
"(We dance) anywhere there's good music, at the Gold Coast, Adelaide, the custom car shows usually have some rock 'n' roll bands too. Our style is rockabilly pub-rock style.”
Tony and Yvonne's business is named Straycat Express in a nod to their rock 'n' roll interests, named after the band the Stray Cats.
"It all interlocks, the truck, the name, the dude.”