As the Castlemaine Rotary Truck Show returned to a full program at the weekend, it attracted the biggest turn-out of entrants and spectators in a decade.
A quality line up of country music and free children’s entertainment created an enjoyable atmosphere for over 3000 people who were in attendance.
The event was held across Saturday November 26 and Sunday November 27, with 187 trucks taking part in the convoy held on day two.
“We simply can’t run an event of this magnitude on our own. Incredibly generous sponsors underwrite the core expenses to make it happen. And for every volunteer hour contributed we make a direct donation back to the volunteer’s school, kinder or sporting club. It’s a wonderful example of how a community can come together to do good,” said Rotary Club president Grant Thomas.
While the profits are still being tallied, Thomas confirmed that this is Rotary’s major fundraiser. “Along with the Art Show, this event enables us to support many community projects and youth scholarships each year.”
There were 12 trophies on offer in the Truck Show, with 222 trucks entered into the competition. Six judges had the tough task of determining the winner for each category, with some very close scores in the mix.
Here are the winners:
Rig of the Show: Kenworth owned by JBE Transport
Best on Ground: #1 Kenworth T900 owned by Bransgrove Truckin
Best Working Rig Under 2 Years: Kenworth SAR owned by Membreys Transport & Crane Hire
Best Working Rig 2 to 7 Years: Kenworth C509 owned by Dawsons Haulage
Best Working Rig 7 to 14 Years: Kenworth T908, owned by Cornwill Transport
Best Working Rig over 14 Years: Kenworth T900 owned by RSD Transport
Best Fleet (3 or more): Brown Stock Feeds, 8 rigs
Best Tow Recovery: Kenworth T909 owned by Lalor Towing
Best Tilt Tray: Kenworth T359 owned by Shamick Transport
Best Tipper: Kenworth C509 owned by RJ & CK Trezise
Best Custom: Peterbilt 351 owned by McSweeney Transport
Best Rigid: Scania p320, owned by McCarthy Trucking
Restoration/Show truck: Mack Superliner owned by RH
People’s Choice: Mack owned by M & G Emmerton
Truckers Choice: Kenworth T909 owned by Heavy Haulage Assets