|1942 ex-Fire Tender, Edithburgh, York Peninsula, South Australia|
Anything RED will catch my eye.
An interesting history will hold my attention.
But it takes more than hue and back story to boggle my mind!
And this ordinary looking 1942 truck sitting inside an old shed behind a Yorke Peninsula country town museum with magpies roosting on its rusting railing delivered that boggle in spades.
|Magpies at rest|
Because this ex-army, transport and fire-tender vehicle has travelled 2 MILLION miles!
That’s ROAD miles. And many of those miles are DIRT miles – and the equivalent of crossing Australia from east to west about 800 times!
Even Pilchard and I haven’t covered that distance on ANY sort of road in 21+ years of Australian road tripping!
In manufacturing a vehicle capable of such distances, has the International Truck Company (and the Gardner LW4 Diesel Engine and David Brown 5 Speed Gearbox) succeeded where other, more notable vehicle manufacturers have failed?
Because although I’m not a petrol-head, I don’t recall the 2,000,000 mile service ever coming up on any of the vehicles I’ve owned …
|2,000,000 Million Miles later in the Edithburgh Historic Museum … Yorke Peninsula, South Australia|
But also because I’m not a petrol-head, I’m prepared to concede that it’s just possible I’m the only person in the known universe who thinks that a 2,000,000 miles on the road is newsworthy!
SO … put me out of my misery! Can YOU top this record? Tell me in the comments below!!