Industry legends to be celebrated at upcoming reunion

From Friday, March 31, to Sunday, April 2, 2023, the Stories From the Road Museum in South Australia will host its third annual reunion. 

Located in the small regional town of Port Pirie, just over 220 kilometres north of Adelaide, the museum is comprised of three sheds, housing trucks, cars and buses; along with a vast array of collectibles including everything from Barbie dolls and model cars and trucks, to tobacco, vintage toys and teapots.

The annual reunion event is open to anybody involved in trucks, buses or the road; and attracts people from near and far, including drivers, mechanics and truck owners past and present. With more than 300 people already registered at the end of November, organisers are expecting great numbers.

A highlight of the three-day event is the Legends of the Road Transport Industry induction. For 2023, approximately 150 ‘legends’ will be celebrated, with nominations still open.

“We have about 300 names on that wall already, from all over Australia, and are looking to add another 150 more. There is still time to register someone for the Legend’s Wall, with nominations closing in late January,” explained Liz Martin, road transport historian at Stories From the Road Museum.

To nominate, simply send through some photos and information about the nominee and their contribution to the industry.

“We need to know that person’s story and can help them put the words together if needed,” Martin added. 

Another popular part of the weekend are the convoys that run through town. “They all set off from the museum and it’s about a 10-kilometre run and we have different groups of trucks taking different routes, into different areas. People can register for the convoy on the Friday (March 31) and it sets off on the Saturday morning after our breakfast,” she explained. 

An event for the whole family, there will be a barbeque, bar, guest speakers and great entertainment including local country music singer Cactus, a belly dancing group from Port Pirie, guest speakers, the Remote Truck Club will bring their miniature trucks and there will be a WWII tribute band, as there are many military vehicles taking part in the convoy too.

Along with new displays at the museum, there will be 10 new plaques unveiled in the Memorial Garden. 

For more information or to register your attendance or participation in the convoys, email or get in touch through the Stories From the Road Museum Australia Facebook page.

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