“PRESERVING THE PAST SO THAT IT CAN BE ENJOYED IN THE FUTURE”
Trusty came into our lives in 1995. I still remember the day my husband came home and told me that, he and his brother, had bought a truck.
Steve and Tom were still struggling to establish their business and we had very little money. Certainly none to spare on buying a 1949 truck! It was, however, one of the best decisions they ever made – Trusty has brought so much joy into all our lives.
She is used for outings.
For transport to dances.
For charity causes.
And just for us to go for rides in and watch the world go slowly by – her speedo goes up to 60mph (Steve reckons its top speed is a modest 35 – 37mph) which gives one ample time to look around!
All my husband ever wanted to be, from the time he was young, was to be a truck driver just like his dad. His dad strongly suggested he learn a trade instead! (On the magazine covers below his dad is on the first cover and Steve on the second cover – 26 years apart)
Trusty was built in 1949 in England and in 1950 she was shipped out to the then, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), to be used as a mobile workshop for bridge repairs. In the 1980’s she was driven by her owner, Bill Sleggs, from Zimbabwe to South Africa and was bought by Tom and Steven in 1995.
They lovingly restored Trusty.
In the words of Bob Tuck, “It’s probably the vehicle’s own history which is more important than its gradual restoration to a cross between a much cherished family runabout and a possible mobile business exhibition vehicle”.
Tom was tragically killed in a motoring accident in South Africa in 2003 but his memory is always with us, never more so then when we take Trusty out for a drive.
Tom and our daughter Sarah.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” Proverbs 3:1