Drake Collectibles attract keenest eyes
CROWDS swarmed the Drake Collectibles stand in anticipation of the release of the long-awaited Freighter Road Train and B-double sets at the Brisbane Truck Show.
However, the real star of the show was the team's limited edition Legacy Commemorative model which went up for auction.
The Legacy model wasn't just any truck.
Inspired by First World War serviceman William "Bill" Braitling, the model is enshrined with his military number - RN 2093 - as the model serial number and was the only one produced with this unique limited edition certification plate.
The Braitling Truck is also a historic edition for Drake Collectibles with their first attempt at a 1/50 diecast replica model.
And the highly sought after model raised funds for a great cause.
The bidding was fierce, but the online auction was eventually won by Allan Pemberton, an ex-servicemen himself, who purchased the unique model for $3650 with all the funds going to the Legacy cause.
"We were overwhelmed by the recent support we received from Drake Collectibles and Allan who supported Legacy by creating and purchasing a special William 'Bill' Braitling WWI tribute model," Legacy Community Fundraising Co-ordinator Claire Hughes said.
"The funds raised will help care for the families of Australian Defence Force men and women who have lost their lives or their health as a result of their service.
"For our heroes' children, each year we can help send 450 children to holiday camps allowing them to thrive, despite their adversity and loss.
"For widows who have lost their partner, we can provide 16,000 day trips annually to relieve isolation.
"For young families, we can support with financial relief and educational support to reduce further stresses or strains on the household."
Ms Hughes personally meet all the generous staff at Drake Group and Mr Pemberton, who handed the cheque over, while members of the Braitling family were also in attendance.
The 'Bill' Braitling Kenworth C509 Tribute diecast replica was the most successful diecast model produced by Drake to date, with this 150-piece limited certificate model selling out within 24 hours.
"We are very happy with the way it came out, a lot of Australians reflect on the sacrifice of our service men and women so it is important to a huge number of us to reflect on this," Drake Collectibles Bruce Hay said.
"It was a great project and model which helped us give something back to the many we owe so much to."
In general Mr Hay said the Brisbane truck show turnout generated a lot of interest for the group.
"It was a really good event show for us," he said.
"It is the first time the Drake Group branding had been on display, now the branding has come out, the Collectibles stand was there and we had record sales."