For the fourth consecutive year, Broadford will host the Historical Commerical Vehicle Club of Victoria’s Spirit of the Hume truck show on February 8 and 9.
More than 100 historic trucks will be on display at Broadford Common on Piper Street, along with vintage cars and tractors, food and live entertainment all weekend.
Spirit of the Hume event organisers, father and daughter team Annette Chapman and Archie Baines have been organising the show since its inception in 2017.
Mr Baines, a member of the National Road Transport Hall of Fame, said it was vital to acknowledge the history of the industry and the people that had been involved.
“It’s all about seeing the past. A lot of effort has been put in to restoring some of the vehicles and others haven’t been tampered with but are still operational,” he said.
The high point of the weekend is the annual dinner dance at Broadford Shire Hall, which raises money for the Olivia Newton John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre, a cause close to the Baines’ heart.
In the past two years, $4000 has been raised and donated to the hospital from auctions on the night.
Ms Chapman said they were hoping to get as many McGrath trailers to the show as possible.
“They’re an old family company that used to build trailers back in the 1960s so we just thought we’d just put it out there to see if people are still hanging on to them,” she said.
Ms Chapman said there were plenty of stories to accompany the trucks.
“People will meet some pretty old-time truck drivers with some stories to tell,” she said.
“Behind the truck there’s normally a story. For a lot of people, it’s been a family truck and 50 years down the track, they’ve located the old truck, brought it back to the family and restored it.”
As part of the entertainment world champion woodchopper and Broadford resident Brayden Meyer, along with other members of the Meyer woodchopping family, will put on a couple of demonstrations over the day.
“He’s a great young fella and a great ambassador for woodchopping and the town,” Ms Chapman said.
“He’s always happy to stand around have a yap to people and sign autographs.”
Entry to the historical truck display is $10 and free for children under 14, or buy a whole weekend pass for $15.
To book a place at the dinner dance, contact Annette Chapman on 0417 818 782. Tickets, $30, include a two-course meal and live music.