“TRUSTY”

“PRESERVING THE PAST SO THAT IT CAN BE ENJOYED IN THE FUTURE”

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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.

IMG-20140223-00349Steve 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.

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For work. 

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For transport to dances.

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For charity causes.

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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!

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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)

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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.

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They lovingly restored Trusty.

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 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.

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Sarah 16 years later in the back of Trusty.Cape Town-20130412-00634

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven”  Proverbs 3:1

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About Noelene

I am a child of God's. I am also a writer. Mother Teresa once said "I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world". My objective is to be one of God's love letters to the world. I can only achieve this through His grace at work in my life.
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3 Responses to “TRUSTY”

  1. This is all lovely!. Yes, I’m following you from now on …

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  2. Pingback: “TRUSTY” | UNDER A JUNIPER TREE

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