When Russell Wernowski purchased a second-hand Toyota Dyna 16 years ago, he never expected it to be such a reliable light rig.
The 73-year-old lives at the small but vibrant hamlet of Boonah in southern Queensland and does odd jobs for locals in the Dyna.
“It is a 1998 model and I bought it from an auction at Rocklea and have never had to use a spanner on it since. Just new tyres,” he said.
I saw Wernowski and the Dyna outside the Mount Alford Hotel which is about 10km from Boonah.
“I have been doing a small job for the pub where I enjoy a cold drink when I have spare time. I carry rubbish and gravel in the Dyna and do lots of odd jobs and it is a great truck. I couldn’t do without it,” he said.
Born in Boonah and of Polish descent, Wernowski said the Dyna had travelled as far away as Gympie without missing a beat.
“I like going to the Gympie Golden Nugget Roadhouse there where they serve up big steaks,” he said.
He also likes the Aratula Roadhouse which is much closer to Boonah.
Wernowski said the Dyna also drove up the rising section of the Cunningham Highway called the Cunningham Gap without any trouble.
The area around Boonah offers some of the most scenic views in southern Queensland.
“This is a beautiful place to live,” he said.
Fit for his age, Wernowski and the Dyna are well known in the region by locals.