Sean Craig is the sort of guy who always wants more, especially when it comes to the bells and whistles that adorn his big rigs.
The 35-year-old, who forms one half of the Melbourne-based Sean Craig and Family Logistics, is the proud owner of a eye-catching 2011 Kenworth K200 that boasts probably the most impressive entertainment system we’ve ever seen at Truckin’ Life, but he was quick to point out he probably should have gone one step further.
As I pull into the Mactrans Heavy Haulage parking lot and set eyes on it for the first time, it’s hard not to notice the incredible airbrushing that adorns the sleeper of the 2008 Mack Titan.
Bringing my rental car to a stop and perusing the artwork – a mustachioed, angry-looking feline clutching a fencing foil – the rig’s Puss in Boots moniker suddenly makes sense. It’s not every day you see a fairytale character on a prime mover, and the masterpiece belies the fact the Titan is a hard-working rig that hauls monster loads with the best of them.
It’s often possible to gauge how special a truck is without laying eyes on it, simply by listening to the reactions of those who have. That’s exactly how this classic Kenworth came to feature on the pages of Truckin’ Life.
A few months ago, Nathan, the production editor of one of Truckin’ Life’s sister publications, came tearing into our Sydney office and began gesticulating wildly about a “kick-ass truck” he’d spotted not far up the road.
“It’s old and it looks amazing,” he said excitedly. “I don’t know much else about it, but you’ve gotta get up there and check it out.”
It starts in the mid 1950 when Stephano Tripoli who was born in Calabria, Italy and moved over to Australia with his brother Giuseppe.
Their first employment was in Traralgon as labourers digging sewage trenches.
After a while Stephano learnt to drive and promptly got promoted to driving the old Chevrolet tip truck.
Stephano then decided he needed a change of scenery and started work the Locandro family in their fruit and vegetable shop.
It was when he was working with the Bonaccis and they offered to sell one of their shops to Stephano.
From a fly on the walls point of view a Sunday family lunchtime in Snowy and Grace Martignago’s dining room appears quite normal. Their four children and partners are sitting around the table. Plates are filled, cutlery clinks, the grandchildren are impatient and restless from sitting still.