Frank Pace was born in Sydney, New South Wales, in 1947 to a Maltese market gardener and his wife. His parents had a market garden in South Wentworthville, Western Sydney, and his dad had a freight business, carting vegetables to Haymarket. Frank admired his parents greatly. He worked hard in the family business from an early age, opting out of school to supply vegetables to the market.
In the 1970’s, Frank and his wife started an egg business, originally with ‘a few chooks in the backyard’. As the business grew, they saved up and bought a 1953 International AR-160 from Frank’s dad. With this truck, Frank started carrying eggs before expanding with Commer and Bedford and later Volvo, Isuzu and Kenworth trucks. The business became a great success
with a fleet of trucks carting their produce of eggs, feed and manure to the current day.
The AR-160 held much sentimental value and Frank always dreamed of restoring it. When he did finally restore one, he was hooked and has not stopped carrying out restoration projects since.
Frank has been in the process of establishing a truck museum on Old Pitt Town Road in Oakville, New South Wales, which houses mainly International trucks but also some Commer, Bedford and others. With the help of a team of dedicated employees and volunteers, the ‘Inter Truck Shed’ is on track to open with 150 trucks on display, many of which are mechanically sound and running. It’s a labour of love and an ongoing project as Frank and his team bring these beauties back to their original glory.
Frank is a life member of the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs and a devoted lover of all things trucks.
Inducted in 2021