Celebrating Cliffy's 80th
IT was a family affair as three generations of McLeans helped celebrate the 80th birthday of Ol' Cliffy, the Bundaberg Brewed Drinks 1929 Chevy truck.
Bundaberg Brewed Drinks executive director John McLean was joined his two daughters Pia and Bronte and his father, Greg McLean, who helped restore the Chevy, to mark the milestone.
John said the truck, which started life carrying fertilisers before becoming a soft drink delivery truck in Bundaberg, had a special place at the company.
“We see it as a good attraction and when we take it out people look at us and honk their horns,” he said.
As a part of the celebration, John took Pia and Bronte on a delivery run to Cafe 1928.
“They love it. It's not often you can sit in a car with no doors,” John said.
When the restoration was complete the truck was named Ol' Cliffy after Cliff Fleming, one of the founders of the companyand then chief executive.
Greg said the original restoration began in 2003 and was not complete until 2006, with parts sourced from as far as Victoria.
“They're (the parts) all hard (to source) until you find someone,” Greg said.
The truck travels comfortably at about 30kmh but has been known to reach speeds of about 50kmh.
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