Vintage expertise for old trucks

SARAH DUNN
Last updated 13:00 21/02/2013

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A group of retired truckers and mechanics are restoring the machines they loved during their golden years at Wakefield's Historic Transport Museum.

The museum boasts 120 paid memberships to the "Friends of the Museum" club. A core group of between six and 10 friends meet each Wednesday to maintain the trucks and workshop.

Museum chairman Roger Humphries said most of these people were involved in the transport industry during their working lives, and retained the "love of trucking".

"It's like a painter does painting," he said. "They have Rembrandt and we have trucks."

Mr Humphries first became involved in transport in 1962 as a 17-year-old, and went on to found several companies, including Nelson Truck Spares and was a partner in mobile crane service Lift 'N Shift.

Most of the 28 trucks in the museum are on loan from private collectors, but the group does own a few. Mr Humphries was particularly proud of "Lawrence of Arabia", a replica 1920 Rolls-Royce armoured car built by Friends of the Museum in 2005.

Other vehicles in the museum include a 1958 Dennis F8 fire engine, a 1951 submersible Austin Champ that can run underwater and miniature Jeep and Mack trucks used for giving children rides.

The museum will open for a two-day truck show on March 2 and 3. Entry is $5 for adults and free for children, with proceeds going towards construction of a new storage shed.

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- The Nelson Mail

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