Heritage Truck Association Australia Inc.

Dalby Weekend – 2nd & 3rd April 2016

Posted on: April 2, 2016 at 1:24pm

Once again, our weekend run to Dalby was nothing short of amazing. With good weather as our travelling companion, the majority of members departed on Saturday from the BP Truck Stop Service Station at Rocklea, meeting up with fellow members at the Bremmer Truck Pads at Dinmore, then proceeding to the Garden City of Toowoomba for a morning tea stop at Fleetparts Australia.

Some members left on the Friday so as to be able to check out some trailers at Western Traders yard and have a browse at the lines of equipment at the Ricky Blinco Transport auction including an earlier model Atkinson which needed some TLC but could be brought back to its former glory.

Our thanks to Margaret for the variety of delicious treats offered. After morning tea in the back shed, the male members were able to get their ‘retail therapy fix’ in the sales area of Fleetparts. Most were seen carrying goods back to their vehicles and happy with their purchases. A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Mike Calcutt and we then departed and proceeded on our journey to Dalby.

All participants in the run joined with visitors from Roma and Kingaroy areas at Thomas Jack Park in Dalby for lunch, in a lovely shaded area. With everyone sufficed we made a 1.30pm departure and headed west approximately 10 klm to be hosted by a very welcoming couple, Russell Price and Chris Allan. Russell walked and talked us through his private collection of numerous motorbikes, the history behind some, and a myriad of all things old and rare but mainly pertaining to the man on the land of yesteryear. There was military equipment of a bygone era, some replica landing equipment which has seen action in the film industry, older model International trucks as used in the grain regions nearby as well as a modern day road train that Russell uses to retrieve the preloved equipment from Western Queensland and Northern NSW that supports the Dalby wrecking icon.

With American muscle cars lined up close by it was great to see such a mixed variety of exhibits.

Chris our wonderful host, worked away through the afternoon supplying tea, bickies and cold drinks to one and all as well as entertaining the ladies. 2 grandchildren also entertained everyone with their singing, including the National Anthem. Drinks and nibbles were taken on the veranda of a very well set up Pricey’s Relaxation Centre. (if those walls could only talk).

A 4.30pm wind-up saw all the visitors head back to Dalby to their respective accommodation and for one member to a different motel to the previously made booking and this resulted in a few telephone calls to sort out the problem. All ragged up we met for dinner at the Russell Hotel where around forty members took part in a most enjoyable and sometimes raucous evening of self made entertainment. Some members of the rear party who were slow to finish their last drinks managed to fraternise with the bouncers of the very empty Nightclub whilst waiting for the onslaught of the Dalby younger set. A very good time was had by one and all. (sleep came easy).

Sunday morning saw everyone regroup at the Park one final time at 8.45am, thence to the Dalby historical village for the morning smoko and a good poke around. It was here at the historical village that the ladies finally were able to get their ‘retail therapy’ in the craft shop which had a terrific array of items on consignment. At about 11.30am everyone loaded up and went their various ways home. The run directions by our great leader, Cheryl, gave plenty of options for the return journey to Brisbane.

A fabulous weekend and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and looking forward to a similar weekend in 2017.