Trucks shine for movies
A COLLECTION of historical trucks has turned into Hollywood gold for Graham Kircher.
Kircher is president of the Historical Commercial Vehicle Association of Queensland and his "movie trucks", which will be shown at the upcoming 19th Annual Historic Truck Tractor and Machinery Show, have made quite an impression on tinsel town.
He has even scored a few roles himself.
"I sometimes get a part. I have played a Japanese soldier, American soldier and a taxi driver," he said.
The trucks, a 1949 Bedford O Model, '49 British Fargo and '49 Austin K2, have been in three movies now, The Great Raid, The Railway Man with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman and have just got back from shooting a sequel to Wolverine in Sydney.
He said it all started nine years ago when the Great Raid was filmed at Jacob's Well on Bribie Island.
In The Railway Man the trucks, all restored by Kircher, represented allied trucks in the 1930s and were captured by the Japanese.
Then Fox Studios came knocking and asked for three trucks for Wolverine, so another of the HCIV members took them down to Sydney on a B-double.
But Kircher has had trucks from his collection of 20 involved in about 10 different movies.
He has been collecting the trucks for about 20 years as a hobby. "I used to race cars and I got too old, so I thought I would do something slower."
But he is not about to give up trucks for a movie career.
Kircher said it wasn't as glamorous as everyone thought, you have to stand around a lot and move from place to place and stand around some more.
The upside, he said, was you get looked after.