Machi has yet to load it up with Consumers Produce fruits and vegetables and go door-to-door, like in the old days, but who knows what retirement could bring, he said.
For now, he’s content to take it to produce trade shows and drive it in parades and car cruises.
Much to his delight, Machi has found the truck means as much to others as it does to him. Recently, he took the truck to the 90th birthday party of Tony Balistrieri, the only one of the three Balistrieri brothers still living.
“When Tony’s nephew, Anthony, saw it, he started crying,” Machi said.