Bringing back the memories

By: Peter and Di Schlenk , Photography by: Peter and Di Schlenk

Charlie (left) and Damien Grima. Charlie (left) and Damien Grima. Charlie (left) and Damien Grima.
The Grimtrans line-up. The Grimtrans line-up. The Grimtrans line-up.

Charlie and Damien Grima showed off the fruits of their father-son bonding in Alexandra


Charlie Grima and his son Damien of Sydney-based Grimtrans brought three trucks down from Sydney to the Alexandra Truck Ute and Rod show, with a 1941 Ford and a 3070 ACCO Eagle taking a ride on their Kenworth K108’s drop deck trailer.

It was a slow and steady eight hour trip.

GrimTrans operates a fleet of tippers on construction, sand, soil and garden mixes. Damien is also a diesel mechanic and restored the 3070 Eagle for his father.

"Dad had two ACCOs in the late ’80s," Damien recalls. "It is what he started out with and he wanted to restore an older truck.

"We thought we would do a 3070 because that is what he had. It would bring back a lot of memories for us from the hard times, but we had a good time building it."

Apart from the tubeless rims, the Eagle is close to its original state.

"I brought the Ford down a couple of years ago and won some trophies and enjoyed the show, so this year we brought three of them," Charlie says. "It’s a great day and a top show."

The old Ford was among the Alexandra trophy winners again this year, taking out the prize for Best Truck 55 years plus, as well as Best Ford.



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