UD Trucks has  announced it is loaning a fully restored 1973 UD CK40 for display on the CMV exhibit at the newly launched Museum of Vehicle Evolution (MOVE) in the central Victorian city of Shepparton as part of a three truck display of Volvo brands.

The UD loan to the MOVE is part of a contingent of Volvo Group products set to be on display at the new facility. Volvo Group Australia’s largest private dealer partner, CMV Truck & Bus,  is a major sponsor of MOVE and as a result, three Volvo Group vehicles have been added to the display.  The CMV/MOVE exhibit includes a 1999 Volvo NH12 460 prime mover, a 1964 Mack B-61 prime mover and the 1973 UD CK40 prime mover.

The museum features a diverse line up, from bicycles and light passenger vehicles to historic heavy commercials displayed in a purpose built 10,000 square metre facility. CMV Truck & Bus, Volvo Group Australia’s largest private dealer partner is a major sponsor of MOVE.

“Shepparton is a mecca for transport, with one in four commercial vehicles registered in Victoria are based in the Shepparton area, transport is the lifeblood of this region,” ,” said MOVE CEO, Peter Hill.

“We are incredibly proud to be supporting MOVE and to be a partner in this impressive new museum,” said Miles Crawford, general manager, CMV Truck & Bus, which commenced trading in Shepparton in 2021.

CMV Truck & Bus, which commenced trading in Shepparton in 2021 having purchased D&S Truck Repairs in Shepparton.

“We’re also thrilled to call Shepparton home and to support the transport industry in the Goulbourn Valley region, building on the outstanding legacy of Don and Sharon Dimstas, the former owners of D&S Truck Repairs,” said Miles Crawford.

The NH12 was originally purchased from CMV Truck & Bus by CRT Group. The pride of the CRT Group fleet, this prime mover was used to transport Basell polypropylene in CRT’s purpose-built 30’ aluminium containers from Altona to Geelong.

The iconic is widely admired Mack B-61on display vehicle was originally arrived in Australia, on 21 December 1964 and 26 years to the day later, CMV Group took delivery of the truck to add to its CMV Historic Vehicle Collection.

Little is known about the origins of the truck UD Trucks loaned, however it was restored by a dedicated team of UD employees many years ago and was originally on display at UD’s former corporate headquarters in Chullora, NSW.

“Trucks like this CK40 laid the foundations of the rugged and ultimate dependability that the

UD brand in renown for here in Australia, even now you can find examples of this very truck still operating in the back blocks of rural Australia,” said UD Trucks Australia vice president, Lauren Downs.

“We are pleased to be playing a part in supporting both CMV and MOVE and iconic trucks brands such as those on display at this museum are the backbone of regional Australia and it is fantastic to see our industry recognized for the contribution it makes to keeping the wheels of our economy turning,” said Downs.