Wellingtonian gets creative on the back of a truck
Phil Truesdale is used to people doing a double take when they spot his truck.
Every February, the back of his white 1992 Mitsubishi L300 is fitted out with different scenes, from flying foxes to makeshift gardens.
Truesdale creates 30 different scenes, enlisting the help of friends and friends of friends to do so.
"It all started when I was working at Trentham Racecourse."
He was transporting a giant plastic horse during the Wellington Cup and thought it looked weird on the back of his truck lying down. He stood it up, took a photo and put it on his Facebook page along with the phrase "Truck Life".
Not long after, his sister challenged him to do 30 photos in 30 days. Since then, he's created 120 looks on the back of his trusty truck.
"I try to do something different every time. Some of them are really elaborate and some of them are really simple."
His favourite is a photo he took of his dad riding on an exercise bike, decked out in 80s workout gear but on the more elaborate end he's also constructed a functioning flying fox.
"That was quite difficult to do. I've got a friend that does rope stuff so I got him to sort it out. We climbed a tree and set up a rope to the back of the truck."
Despite some of the more daring constructions, Truesdale said injury rates had been low.
The worst one came from a friend falling off a longboard while being towed behind the truck. Even then, he just came off with a few bumps and bruises.
His family often jumped on board to help out too. Truesdale said one of the tamer ones he did included his niece and nephew sitting playing with a "whole lot of toys".
Truesdale is aiming to take 30 more photos next year, enough to make a coffee table book.