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Barry’s hat-trick

By Southern Riverina News

Barry Dickson claimed a hat-trick at his first Deniliquin Truck Show and Industry Expo appearance on Saturday.

As well as taking out the event’s top prize — Truck of the Show — he also won over the crowd to win the People’s Choice trophy.

Barry’s 1993 T900 Classic Kenworth was also judged Best Truck 26-39 Years.

Receiving acclaim from both the judges and patrons of the Truck Show was justification for all the work that had gone in to the truck, Barry said.

‘‘I bought it in an unrepaired state; it was in pieces,’’ he said.

‘‘I rebuilt it over 14 months, after work and on weekends, with the help of Neil Hort of Finley.

‘‘My son Kobey also helped a fair bit, and there was a lot of other causal input — too many people to mention.’’

Barry, who is a panel beater by trade and owns Dicko’s Restorations, said some of his favourite features of the truck include the three-tone custom paint scheme and the Tasmanian oak timber floors.

‘‘I also pulled out the entire dash and repainted it in Ego grey pearl.

‘‘A lot of stainless polished work has also been fitted. The engine bay is also detailed.

‘‘I would have put at least $120,000 into it, including purchasing the truck itself, but if I was to do it all for a client the work alone would be at least $120,000.’’

Day to day, Barry’s Classic Kenworth is driven by Greg Howarth between Melbourne and Sydney towing a refrigerated trailer full of meat for DJS Transport based in Seymour.

Barry purchased the truck after selling his panel beater’s shop, saying he had always wanted to build a similar truck ‘‘out of the box’’.

His attentions have turned to another truck restoration now, this time a 1970 Kenworth Seattle for Deniliquin transport operator Paul Fellows.

‘‘I had heard a lot about the truck show from the friends I have here (in Deniliquin).

‘‘Paul actually asked me to come last year to show this truck.

‘‘I wanted to bring it this year to show people the different options there are out there (for restorations).’’