The Diesel, Rust and Dust Truck and Machinery Show continues to grow in popularity.
Organised by the Antique Truck and Machinery Club Inc in Denman, NSW, last month, it was the second iteration of the annual event that saw nearly 210 vehicles on display including trucks, cars, bikes and farm machinery, along with an ex-military Bren gun carrier.
Club secretary Wayne Turnbull, who is also one of the organisers of the event, was pleased to see how the event turned out to be a huge success this year.
“The numbers were up this year from 150 last year. With live music a woodchop event and kids entertainment everybody that came was catered for and the smiles said it all,” Turnbull said.
The event saw vehicles and people from as far as Toowoomba turning up with a 1951 Ford F1 that was originally from Denman.
“The event is for all eras of vehicles and machinery and not just shiny looking new stuff either. We welcome old gear still in their working clothes as much as the shiny stuff as the wrinkles and imperfections on a piece of machinery tells as many tales as those on an old timers’ face,” he said.
The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the transport industry, its history and show the general public that it continues to be a way of life for thousands of people rather than just a job.
“And also show the close culture and friendships that go with it,” Turnbull added. “The proceeds of the event will go to the Denman Hospital Auxiliary and the local aged home support group. We look forward to running the event again in April 2024 so stay tuned for the date to be set.
“We would like to thank our sponsors of the day Mach Energy, AGL, Shannons insurance, Sowter Transport, Muswellbrook Landscape Supplies, Two Rivers Wines, Upper Hunter Smokehouse and Muswellbrook Council.”