The trucking community came out in force for the 106th Mt Gravatt Show, which was held from July 23-24 at the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds.
The historic show, which has been running since 1915, has been a longstanding tradition for the Brisbane suburb – with plenty to enjoy for all ages.
Bringing together livestock, rides, crafts, fireworks, entertainment and other attractions, combined with some very impressive rigs, all shined up and looking their Sunday best, the Mt Gravatt Show attracted large crowds. Despite it bucketing down in the days leading up to the event, the clouds cleared for a perfect sunny weekend.
The truck component of the show is organised by Guy McEntyre. A solicitor by day, who works with many truckies, he has been incorporating trucks into the event for the last eight years.
“They day was brilliant and the trucks are definitely one of the highlights of the Mt Gravatt Show. The reason I started the truck show component is so that the mums and dads and their families could meet the truckies and see that they are just like you and I – and for that it’s been brilliant. Each year it gets bigger and better,” said McEntyre.
“The drivers let people get into their trucks and one of the things we often hear them say is that you actually can’t see much at all in there. They often think that because you’re up higher, truckies can see everything.”
A total of 76 trucks made their way to Mt Gravatt, with 13 awards presented across various categories, as well as Rig of the Show, which went to Owen Turei, for his Kenworth T610 SAR, named ‘The Maori Stallion’.
“We had a great diversity of trucks. There are the historic trucks that come in, right through to the brand new 909s. I had new stuff here that I hadn’t seen in previous years. Everyone loves the truck show – that’s both the exhibitors of the trucks and the general public. When you stand up on the top of that hill and can see that many trucks, it’s really impressive.”
A special thanks to Gotcha By Karl Photography, and his son Gotcha By George, who shared these impressive shots with Big Rigs. Keep an eye out for the August 5 edition of Big Rigs to see more great shots from the day.
Mt Gravatt Truck Show award winners
Best Rig of Yesteryear (pre-1970): Ray Ikin, Ford Louiseville LTL
Best Tipper: Tyson Carter, Kenworth T909
Best Artwork: Reagan, Kenworth T950
Best Working Truck (0-5 years): Aaron Reid, Kenworth T909
Best Working Truck (6-15 years): Kane Beutel, Kenworth T904
Best Working Truck (16-20 years): Truckin Stainless, Kenworth T950
Best Working Truck (21 years and over): Andy Reid, Western Star
Best Fleet: Bondwoods Transport
Best Womans Truck: Dianne, Grand Connect Group, Kenworth T604
Best Tow Truck: Tow Trucks Brisbane, Hino tilt tray
Best Cabover: Daniel Peters, Kenworth K108
Best Bonneted: Troy Webber, Kenworth T904
Best Bling: Robbie Bell, Kenworth T909
Rig of the Show: Owen Turei, Kenworth 610SAR