Marchetti aims to get the Road Boss ready to crawl the Hume

By: Tamara Whitsed


Will Roger Marchetti’s 1974 White Road Boss be restored in time for Crawlin’ the Hume?

Marchetti aims to get the Road Boss ready to crawl the Hume
The 1974 White Road Boss pictured in 1989 when Roger drove it for Frank Marchetti Transport.

 

Roger Marchetti’s 1974 White Road Boss was in pieces when we spoke with him recently.

But the restoration is progressing well with help from mechanic Steve Ellis. Roger is optimistic the truck will be ready in time for Crawlin’ the Hume on April 16, 2016.

Crawlin’ the Hume is a biennial truck run from Melbourne to Albury, tracing the Victorian section of the old Hume Highway.

"Anyone who has a truck that is 25 years or older is more than welcome to come along," says Roger, who lives in Mansfield in Victoria and is organising the event with Robert French.

The Road Boss was one of three demonstration models built in Queensland in 1974 and has a shorter bonnet than the Road Bosses built from 1977.

It ran interstate before Roger drove it around Melbourne for Frank Marchetti Transport in the early 1980s.

The Road Boss was in need of repair when Roger bought it from his uncle Frank Marchetti in 2013. Sadly Frank passed away in 2014 before the Road Boss was restored.

Crawlin’ the Hume begins at the Ford Factory, Campbellfield, with registered vehicles assembling from 6am on April 16.

Thousands of truck lovers are expected to line the streets along the route which passes through Kalkallo, Wallan, Kilmore, Broadford, Tallarook, Seymour, Mangalore, Avenel, Locksley, Longwood, Euroa, Violet Town, Benalla, Winton, Glenrowan, Wangaratta, Chiltern, Barnawartha, Wodonga and finally Albury.

The lunch stop at Winton Raceway will provide a perfect opportunity for truck lovers to admire the trucks.

The event concludes on Sunday morning, April 17, when trucks gather for a static truck display at the Albury Racecourse from about 8am.

Crawlin’ the Hume has been capped at 200 trucks, and only 400 tickets are available for the catered meal at Albury Racecourse.

It is possible the event will be booked out before the February 7 deadline.

To request an entry form, email Roger or visit the Crawlin’ the Hume website or Facebook page.

You can read the full story in the January 2016 issue of Owner//Driver.

 

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