Scuzzy brings Aussie feel to truck show with Ned Kelly rig
THE 2015 Haultech Casino Truck Show will display rigs in all shapes and sizes, with a combination of newcomers as well as old favourites.
One such old favourite attending this year's event is the unmistakable Ned Kelly, with owner Andrew "Scuzzy" McSweeny saying this year's Haultech Casino Truck Show will be the only truck show his popular ride will be attending this year.
"It's a drawcard for us. We're at the stage now when we're getting phone calls from truck shows asking if we'll be attending," he said.
The truck's artwork depicts the legendary bush ranger Ned Kelly on the outside, while the interior includes modifications such as bullet shell buttons and revolver-style knobs, with an overall cost of more than $600,000.
"It's just about doing something different," said Scuzzy. "No one else has done this before, so I thought bugger it, I'll do something different.
"I wanted to do something that was iconic to this country. People have done a lot of American stuff but I wanted something specifically Australian."
According to Scuzzy, he was also inspired by the underdog story of Ned Kelly which he loosely relates to his own company, ScuzzTrans, which operates out of two locations in Brisbane and includes a fleet of 15 vehicles.
"It's kind of like us - we started the business with nothing but one truck," said Scuzzy.
Of course, such an iconic truck is not only popular at the Casino Truck Show where it has won awards for best interior and best artwork at past events, but it is also used for charity drives and other truck shows throughout Australia.
While the appeal of a truck show for the public is obvious - getting to see an amazing assortment of rigs - Scuzzy said truck drivers get plenty from the experience as well.
"It shows the general public, especially outside the metropolitan areas, what truck companies are about and servicing those areas, but basically for general truck drivers it's about cleaning up his truck and showing his pride and joy off," he said.
"Truck drivers today are a lot different. I've been driving trucks since I was 18 and have been driving trucks for 30 years.
"I've got 27 truck drivers in my company and they're not only drivers, they're also our salesmen, whereas 25 to 30 years ago everyone was walking around in blue singlets, Stubbies shorts, and thongs, but it's much more professional now and that's really important to try and get that across to the public as well."