It’s not easy transporting goods across Australia’s wide open spaces, so Kurt Johanssen pioneered the road train concept after the end of World War II. This is not a sight you’re likely to see here in the States, but it is common in Australia, with the usual configuration being a tractor pulling three (or more) trailers. In this photo, Darren Hosking is posing with his 1964 B-61 Mack under a load of his antique trucks. He is headed home to Brisbane on the eastern coast from Alice Springs, a trip of nearly 2,000 miles one way. Darren had hauled his trucks to Alice Springs to attend a truck show. Since most of Australia’s population lives on its coast, most of the people who attended the inland show had a very long drive. As you can see here, Darren has three fully-loaded trailers hooked to his B-61, which he frequently uses to pull multiple trailers across the barren Australian Outback under rugged conditions. Darren’s rig was not the only road train at the show, but it was the only fully loaded one. His friends think he was just showing off!
John & Shirley Sponholtz have been involved with old trucks for over 20 years. Shirley was editor at Wheels of Time for 12 years before going out on her own and starting Old Time Trucks magazine in 2004. John is an avid photographer who enjoys taking pictures of odd and/or rare trucks (he provides most of the pictures for this article and their magazine). John & Shirley, who are from Richmond, Indiana, have been regular contributors to 10-4 Magazine since 2006.