BIG BOYS’ TOYS:
Blokes and their magnificent obsessions
by Scott McGregor
Published by Arena, an imprint of Allen & Unwin
7 November 2008, RRP $24.95
► Meet ‘Jobbo’ and his champion tractor ‘Outlaw Too’. Jobbo hails from Quambatook, the tractor-pulling capital of Australia. With three chunky V8 Chevy engines, giant tyres and a maze of exhaust pipes and extractors, ‘Outlaw Too’ looks like a mobile oil refinery.
◄ Then there’s Andrew and Eddie, from Mullumbimby, who’ve built their own flying tricycle.
► And Bruce, from Cowra, who has restored a Centurion tank in his farm shed.
In the new book Big Boys’ Toys, these blokes and many more come together to stand up for what’s big and noisy and leaking oil everywhere. Tug boats, paddle steamers, top-fuellers, UFOs, truck buggies, a lighthouse: you name it, there’s a bloke out there fixing it, or painting it, tuning it up or replacing the brake pads – again!
Big Boys’ Toys has been a labour of love for author and train buff Scott McGregor, who has scoured sheds, hangers and waterways all round Australia in search of the grandest, the noisiest and, in some cases, the strangest backyard obsessions. With a foreword by Warren Brown, and packed with photos and vital statistics, Big Boys’ Toys lifts the dust sheet and scrapes back the paint to uncover the who’s, the hows and, most mysteriously, the whys, of oversized boys and their supersized toys.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Actor and well-known television personality Scott McGregor has a passion for trains. Scott is the proud owner of a 1:1 scale train set on his property near Mudgee, Ruwenzori. Visit his website to see more: www.ruwenzori.com.au.