ITTES: Trucks of yesteryear

The commercial road transport industry has continued to keep Australia moving for decades upon decades. And, while the trucks used to transport goods across the country have continued to evolve as a result of technological developments, safety advancements and upgrades in design and capabilities, it is important to remember the trucks that, in many ways, helped to shape the industry as we know it.

A special collection of trucks from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s will be showcased during the 2012 ITTES.

Among these trucks will be a 1966 International R190. This model first rose to fame during the 1950s and was once one of the most common trucks seen running along the highways of Australia. The model being displayed was once part of the Linfox fleet and still proudly wears its yellow and red livery.

A unique and very rare red 1952 International L205 is also likely to generate much interest among visitors. Although this truck played an important part in America’s trucking history, it was never actually released into the Australian market.

One of the oldest vehicles to be shown however, will be a 1940 International KS 5. This ‘Ol Sweetheart’ was used by A. Jack Turner in Victoria’s Notting Hill area.

These trucks and many more will be on display near the Nicholas Pavilion and the Agricultural Hall.

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