Heritage Truck Collection will return to Melbourne

Supported by the Road Transport Historical Society and the National Truck Hall of Fame, the 2014 International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show (ITTES) will again present a selection of vintage transport equipment in Melbourne.

After the overwhelming success of the last open air truck exhibition in 2012, Show Director Clint Hendry didn’t hesitate to allocate additional space to the Heritage Truck Collection for the forthcoming ITTES.

“The feedback we received last year was fantastic, so we decided to increase our commitment to the vintage truck scene in 2014 and organise a grand scale show,” said Hendry, who is convinced the event will also increase the show’s attractiveness for the general public.

“We had about 50 hand selected trucks on show in 2012. Next year, we will have more than 100 of the finest vintage equipment in Australia on show.”

According to Mick Best of Linfox, who is curating the exhibition, the Heritage Truck Collection will feature a variety of brands to ensure the many-faceted history of Australia’s commercial road transport industry is reflected accurately.

“Australia has one of the most active and committed vintage truck scenes in the world, so we will be spoilt for choice,” said Mick, who will also be chairing the selection committee. “People are already lining up to be part of the event without any public announcement, so you can expect an amazing event.

“We will use equipment from private collectors and clubs alike, but also work closely with the renowned Fox collection in Melbourne and the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs.”

According to Mick, the National Road Transport Hall of Fame, the Old Ghan Train Railway Museum and the magnificent Kenworth Dealer Truck Museum collectively make up the most comprehensive land transport museum in the Southern hemisphere, making it a valuable partner in preparing the exhibition.

“It’s a great opportunity to re-tell the proud history of commercial road transport in Australia and show how important Victoria was and still is as a national transport hub,” he said. “It’s safe to say the exhibition will be one of the highest quality vintage events ever staged in the country.”

One exhibit that has already been decided on is a 1952 International L205 (pictured) owned by Jack and Mickie Turner of Victorian transport company Boatrans. The US import had been on show in 2012 already and turned so many heads that Mick Best couldn’t ignore it for the 2014 event.

“It’s a beautiful truck and such a unique example of how craftsmanship and design can go hand in hand,” said Mickie Turner, whose husband Jack started off his career on an International, laying the foundation for a lifelong commitment to the brand shared by the whole family. “It’s exciting to be part of the show and we already look forward to present our truck not only to transport professionals, but also to the general public.”

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