A truck painted to commemorate Australia’s service men and women will feature in The Driver, a new book by best-selling author and photographer Alice Mabin.
Remembrance the truck is owned by Narellan business owner Clinton McKinnon. He said he designed the truck’s artwork to honour family who had served in the military.
“It’s an issue that is close to everybody’s heart, and I don’t think we show it enough,” he said. “We wanted to celebrate those selfless people who didn’t ask for anything in return.”
The Driver is a collection of photographs and stories from truck drivers all over Australia and New Zealand. Mr McKinnon said he was proud to have Remembrance featured in the book.
“It’s a good story about Australian people,” he said. “I’d like to thank Alice for involving us in such a great book.”
Mr McKinnon said his wife’s grandfather served in WWII and his portrait featured on the front doors of the truck. “He was a great man, and a great Australian,” he said. “If I was a painter it would be in a frame, but the truck is my canvas.”
Truck driving has been a family tradition for Mr McKinnon with his father and grandfather also driving trucks. At 74 years of age, Mr McKinnon’s father still drives a truck. “I grew up with trucks so it was only natural that I had one myself,” he said.
“I hope people see my truck go past and they stop for two minutes to think about those who serve.”