Oldest, newest Macks to star at Exeter Show

THEY'RE easier to drive than they look, assures Dick Beckett.

The Exeter man is the proud owner of Tasmania's oldest and newest Mack trucks.

Both will be on display at this year's Exeter Show.

``It'd surprise you,'' he said of driving his Superliner Southern Cross.

The truck, released as the company celebrated 50 years of manufacture in Australia, is one of 30 in the world.

He said the 1926 AC Mack wasn't as heavy as it appeared, either. 

The chain-drive, four-speed truck was brought to Tasmania from New York State, bought from an ``old Mack dealer'' in 2011.

The two trucks make up only a small part of his collection of more than 30 Macks.

``They're the only trucks _ they're superior,'' Mr Beckett said.

Living next door to show society president Trevor Clark has has meant Mr Beckett has a hand in helping prepare the showgrounds for the big day.

``I'm a resident of Exeter and have been for about 45 years _ we support the show 100 per cent,'' Mr Beckett said.


WHAT: Exeter Show.

WHEN: February 22, opening at 10am.

WHERE: Exeter Showgrounds.

HOW MUCH: Adult $10, family $20, pensioners and students $5, children $2 and under-fives free.

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