Entries open for Crawlin The Hume 2018

By: Tamara Whitsed, Photography by: Tamara Whitsed

Classic trucks will retrace bypassed sections of the old Hume Highway from Melbourne to Albury for Crawlin’ the Hume on April 14, 2018

Entries open for Crawlin The Hume 2018
Brian Hodge’s B Model Mack carrying a GMC through Chiltern in 2016.

Entries for Crawlin’ the Hume 2018 opened this week, creating a buzz among classic truck owners.

Over 200 historic trucks are expected to follow the Victorian section of the old Hume Highway from Melbourne to Albury on April 14 for the biennial Crawlin’ the Hume truck run.

Rob French and Trevor Davis are planning Crawlin’ the Hume 2018.

Anyone planning to restore their truck in time for the run should "hurry up" says Rob French who is organising the event with Trevor Davis.

"You’ll never regret it. It will be the best thing you’ve ever done. You'll enjoy it, I guarantee," Rob says.

About 235 historic trucks entered in 2016, delighting thousands of spectators who lined the old highway. Trucks from the 1920s to the 1980s were represented.

Owners don’t have to spend thousands restoring their trucks. "All you need is a roadworthy truck that is registered and over 25 years old to have a good fun time and drive on the old highway," Rob says.

Crawlin’ the Hume has been held every second year since 2012. It is a trip down memory lane for drivers who worked the old road. And Rob says it is a chance for younger drivers to "feel the romance of the road and the romance of the old trucks."

Participating trucks will gather at Campbellfield in Melbourne’s north at about 6am on April 14.

The trucks will follow as much of the old Hume Highway as possible, passing through many of the villages, towns and cities which were bypassed during the road’s gradual duplication.

They will stop at Winton Motor Raceway for lunch and a static display.

Albury Racing Club will be the venue of a dinner on Saturday night and a breakfast and static display on Sunday morning.

For more information visit www.crawlinthehume.com. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Crawlin' the Hume 2018 Facebook group.

Swampy Millsteed’s Mack B61 climbed Pretty Sally Hill carrying a WB Hunter 1975 International and Panucci 1958 Diamond T in 2012.

See the full story in the November issue of Owner//Driver.

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