The Mean Machine makes its anticipated debut at the Rocklea Heritage Truck Show

There’s no better feeling than meeting up with your mates at a truck show.

Reminiscing on times past, checking out the restored rigs and bonding over a shared love, there’s no other energy quite like it.

The attendees at the Rocklea Heritage Truck Show share this sentiment, descending upon the Queensland suburb this past weekend to do what they do best.

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Around 190 trucks rolled into the showgrounds, with every make and model accounted for.

From Atkinsons to classic Kenworth’s and more, organiser John Dodd says the event is a celebration of history.

“That’s what we come here to do. There is something so special about the history of trucks, and how far back some of their stories go,” John says.

“Take my 1988 2600 Kenworth for example, I have spoken to some of the owners and have heard stories about what the truck has done over its life.

“It’s just amazing,” he says. “And that’s what these people come for.”

Image: Heatherbelle Lovett

Rugged up safe and sound from the cold wind, Organiser Mark Plunkett says their only issue over the two days was the temperamental weather.

With a windstorm barrelling onto the Rocklea Showgrounds Saturday night, a little extra TLC was needed Sunday to get it back up and running.

“Considering we were expecting some harsh weather, it cleared off quickly and it turned out to be a really, really good weekend.”

“We were really happy with how everything turned out, weather and all!”

The event attracted not only Rocklea or Queensland locals, but truckies and enthusiasts from all over the country.

“We had some people fly down from South Australia, some from Cairns, and a lot of people from Kew in New South Wales surprisingly,” Mark says.

“It was great to see so many people show up.”

Image: Heatherbelle Lovett

The Heritage Truck Shows are known for focusing on appreciation, not competition, with no awards handed out for Best in Show.

Despite this ideology, Mark says there were definitely still some standouts on display.

The most highly anticipated attendee was the Mean Machine, making its show debut after being in disrepair for years.

“It was a drag truck back in the 70’s and now belongs to Bernie Tobin,” Mark says.

The Mean Machine was left in a state of disrepair for a number of years, with eager fans awaiting its restoration for some years.

“This was its first outing since being fully restored. Billy Gordon, who was the drag racer for it back in the day came along to.”

“It is such a spectacular vehicle. They started it up a few times over the weekend and everybody came running as soon as they heard it.”

Image: Mick Flynn

Other notable trucks include the first Kenworth that Brown & Hurley ever sold, a 50th anniversary Kenworth, and some beaut Mack Super-Liners.

“The trucks were beautiful,” Mark laughs. “There were a number of beautiful trucks.”

Both Mark and John agreed that their favourite part of the event was simply chatting to everyone, eager to hear the history and stories associated with the rigs.

“Everyone has got a story to tell. Either our father’s drove a truck like that back in the day, or we had, or we wished we had,” Mark says.

“It’s a link to the past.”

Considering the success of the weekend, we at Deals on Wheels can’t wait to see how Rocklea will up the ante next year.

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