Thornycroft – from the ground up

In 1968 our classic Thornycoft A1 made the perfect stage for the opening ceremony of the very first Queensland Truck Show, the event that grew to become today’s Brisbane Truck Show.

The collaboration between local industry members was the precursor to the formation of the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland which was of course, where HVIA began. (watch our 50 years of membership tribute video here)

It looks like we are rebuilding the old girl from the ground up with its shiny new tyres fitted to freshly painted wheels and now attached to a stunningly restored chassis.

Next is the tray, and alongside that the talented students at TAFE Skills Tech Queensland are restoring and reconstructing the radiator.

It is all part of our 50th anniversary legacy project, with our intention to have her on display at the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show.

This week we really need to thank Neil Findlay from Findlay Import & Trade for importing and fitting the tyres.

Plus PJ’s Custom Bodies, Dulux Refinish and the tireless (no pun intended) team from NTI.

Speaking of NTI – black beauty is up for auction next week at the ATA Live online event. It is all to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease research. You know she would look awesome out the front of your HQ.

Picture: wheels on chassis | Top: from 1968 show

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