Old timers still highway kings

HISTORY rolled through Albury at the weekend in the form of trucks — some almost 100 years old.

More than 200 trucks and their drivers travelled the Old Hume Highway from Campbellfield, Melbourne, to Albury’s racecourse in the two-day Crawlin’ the Hume event.

For Brian Smith, of Panton Hills, near Melbourne, it was a real crawl — his 1923 Ford Model T has a top speed of 50km/h.

“That’s the question I’m asked most — ‘how fast is it?’” he said.

The truck has no doors or windows.

“I am taking the real scenic tour — you get all the smells and flavours of what’s around,” Mr Smith said.

The fourth-generation apple grower had helped restore the ancient truck.

Event organisers Roger Marchetti and Rob French said it was all about re-enacting the old days by driving trucks on the Old Hume Highway and they were already planning their next tour to Albury.

“People spend a lot of time and money restoring these historical movers, so it makes sense to show them off,” Mr French said.

Organised by the Australian chapter of the American Truck Historical Society, the event also involved a stop at Winton.

A drivers’ dinner was held on Saturday night.

Funds from the function went to Trans-help, a volunteer organisation supporting families and people in the transport industry.

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