Sylvia's Run boosts Gundagai Museum

By: Tamara Whitsed, Photography by: Ben Weston


IMG 4103 Jim Morton’s 1963 J3 Bedford carrying his 1924 Chevrolet at Tumblong where vehicles lined up for the start or Sylvia’s Gap Road Run. IMG 4103
IMG 4097 Tony Muscat’s Kenworth lines up at Tumblong. IMG 4097
IMG 4113 Ken Reardon drove the Allalong Freightliner from Melbourne for the run. IMG 4113
IMG 4116 John Cant and Richard Cant drove the Allalong International from Sydney. IMG 4116
IMG 4117 Trucks of all size were welcome on the run. IMG 4117
IMG 4159 Brian Taylor’s D1950 International and McGrath trailer. IMG 4159
IMG 4167 Cobden’s Kenworth T904 from nearby Tumut. IMG 4167
IMG 4203 Trevor Ellwood’s photogenic 1975 White 4000. IMG 4203
IMG 4205 Andrew Sutherland of Whiteday drove his Kenworth from Gundagai. IMG 4205
IMG 4225 Mack lover, Dave Willis, in his 1970 F700. IMG 4225

A road run over Sylvia’s Gap raised funds for the proposed Gundagai truck museum and rekindled memories of old Highway 31.

 

Plans to build a truck museum at Gundagai, New South Wales, were boosted by a dinner and road run which raised over $15,000 for the Australian Road Transport Heritage Centre (ARTHC) on June 6 and 7.

Most of the funds were raised by raffles, auctions and donations at the ARTHC’s annual Hume Highway Reunion dinner at the Gundagai RSL Club.

The highlight of the fund-raising weekend was the Sylvia’s Gap Road Run along a section of the old Hume Highway which was bypassed in 1983. The road is now on private property and inaccessible to the general public, but landowners opened their gates for the road run.

Two hundred people enjoyed breakfast at Tumblong before 46 trucks and 50 cars travelled 10.5km of the old Highway. A mix of modern-day working trucks and restored classic trucks took part.

Truck lovers travelled from as far as Melbourne and Sydney for the event. Many attending remembered Sylvia’s Gap from their highway days and discovered little has changed since the road was bypassed. Wrecked vehicles are still rusting away in gullies beside the narrow road.

ARTHC Secretary Daryl Weston was impressed with the attitude of those attending. He says they all appreciated being allowed to drive through the private property and showed respect for the old road throughout the journey.

Seventeen people became members of the ARTHC over the weekend, bringing the total membership to about 70.

See the July issue of Owner//Driver for a full report of the ARTHC event and the Gundagai truck museum proposal. We also speak to Australian Long Distance Owners and Drivers Association (ALDODA) National President Bunny Brown about plans to build a museum at Tarcutta.

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