THIS year the NSW North Coast’s longest running truck show run by the Grafton Truck Drivers Social Club returned to its former larger format.
Entrants were invited to present trailers as well as their prime movers as the show returned to the showground to help accommodate the expected larger numbers and the extra room needed for trailer units on display.
With a large contingent of quality custom vehicles from both Brisbane and Sydney making the effort to attend the parade and show held on the Saturday of the Queen’s Birthday Weekend, organisers were more than happy to have over 100 rigids, prime movers and semis.
A B-double unit was driven at the front of the parade provided by ScuzzTrans, thanks to the hard work of the organisers, permission from the New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services, local council and police on what is not a gazetted route, with large crowds turning out to wave the parade on.
The organisers this year took the opportunity to have on display examples of the high productivity units used by the industry that the public on the east coast do not normally get to see.
ScuzzTrans’s B-double towed by “Ned Kelly” was not the largest combination displayed at the showgrounds, with StockTrans from Glen Innes supporting the event by running enough vehicles over from Glen Innes to assemble both a two trailer road train and a B-triple combination for public display. Club President Don Wall and the GTDSC committee have put in many hours of their own time over the last 12 months to work with both the NSW authorities and Clarence Valley Council to have this year’s parade run under the safest conditions possible.
They are pleased that all the relevant authorities are committed to the next five years to work together.
Looking forward to having a debrief next month, President Wall is pleased that the future and security of this annual event is looking bright, and set to return to the popularity of previous years.
Prime Mover 0-11 mths: Lee Moulds of Moulds Trucking
Prime Mover 1-5 Yrs: Tony Heldt of Coastline Haulage
Prime Mover 6-10 Yrs: Andrew McSweeny of Scuzztrans
Prime Mover 11-15 Yrs: Scott McSweeny of McSweeny Transport
Golden Oldy 16+ Yrs (Work): Tony Thomas of Princess Transport
Golden Oldies 16+ Yrs: Steve Lawler of SLS Custom Chrome
Best Rigid Vehicle: Scott Waites of North Coast Heavy Towing
Fleet of four or more: Scuzztrans
Best Recovery Unit: Scott Waites of North Coast Heavy Towing
Best Speciality Vehicle: Scott Waites of North Coast Heavy Towing
Best Members Truck (6mth): Jeff Morrisey of Cromack Transport
Best Bush Log Truck: Rob Whitton of Burgundy Heights
Best Livestock Carrier: Scott Perkins of Stocktrans
Best Sterling/Ford: Tony Thomas of Princess Transport
Best Freightliner/Mercedes: John Caple of North Coast Heavy Towing
Best Iveco / International: Mark Menzes of Menzes Haulage
Best Isuzu: Andrew Saggus of North Coast Heavy Towing
Best Kenworth: Tony Heldt of Coastline Haulage
Best DAF: Danny Broeder of Daniel and Son Road Transport
Best Mack: Josh South
Best Scania: Nathan Winner of Blanchard Haulage
Best Volvo: Michael Blanchard Blanchard Haulage
Best Western Star: Andrew McSweeny of Scuzztrans
Best Other Makes: Marshall Watego of Watego and Sons
Best Hino: Dean Warwick of Deans Express Delivery
Best Custom Truck: Scott McSweeny of McSweeny Transport
Best B-Double Trailer Combo: Scott Perkins of Stocktrans
Best Tanker: Matt Blanch of Clarence Valley Septics
Best Tipper: Scott Anderson of Anderson Transport
Best Fridgevan: Tony Thomas of Princess Transport
Best Flat Top: Steve Lawler of SLS Custom Chrome
Best Tautliner: Josh Manhood
Rex Wright Memorial: Dan Rediger of Cromack Transport
Best Presented Stand: All American Custom Chrome
Best New Display Truck: David Boxhill of Murwillumbah Truck Centre
Truck of the Show (public choice): Scott Waites of North Coast Heavy Towing