10 years living in Shannons Super Rig
CAN YOU imagine living in a truck, touring Australia's car shows for over 10 years?
Nick Hassapas can, as it's his job to drive the Shannons Super Rig around, giving regional towns across Australia an icon to look forward to seeing.
Mr Hassapas and his truck had just come to the South Burnett, for the Nanango Show and Shine over March 30 and 31.
"Our management said we needed something to take to Australia, to let the car clubs and enthusiasts know that they're not forgotten,” he said.
"This is the second generation, as two years ago we had it gutted and rebuilt. The whole idea was that we had 42 guys like Cole around the country for our regional people, and it was designed to go and support them.”
Cole Rogerson is the South Burnett's regional development officer for Shannons and has housed Mr Hassapas and his truck in the lead up to the show.
Mr Hassapas said rather than visiting a specific town or event, his favourite part of the job is travelling and meeting new people.
"Everyone is so lovely and are happy to have the truck around,” he said.
Mr Hassapas and the truck have visited events from less than a hundred attendees to over 10 thousand.
"In Easter, we're going to Maryborough to do the hot rod nationals. The last time we did the nationals I was in Bendigo and 17,000 people in one day went through the truck,” he said.
"We never charge for it, there's no VIP zones, it's free for everyone to come up. They can do a couple of laps of the simulator and can go up on the roof if it's open.”
Mr Hassapas said in 2017, their busiest year, they had over 100 shows and has a total of 663,000 people through the truck.
Despite driving around for so many years, Mr Hassapas has only just done 304,000 kilometres.
"After getting to the town, it doesn't get driven during the week,” he said.
Mr Hassapas said he likes coming in early to socialise with the town folk and learn more about the region.
The truck has just left the South Burnett to their next show but will return on April 13 and 14 for the Wondai Street Sprints.