The 12th SA Truck and Ute Show held at the historic town of Mannum, South Australia was a big success this year.
The show takes place on the Sunday of the June long weekend every year for the past 13 years, except for one year during Covid when it could not go ahead.
This year’s show had 77 registered trucks and nearly the same number of other vehicles.
There were many prize categories including, Truck of the Show, Best Fleet, Best Rigid, Best Tipper, Best Prime Mover, Best Prime Mover over 10 years old, and more.
Over 8,000 people attended the show this year, which is organised by Mannum Progress Association.
With Mary Ann Reserve, which is the usual venue of the event, unavailable due to flooding, all the rigs were lined up on the main street.
“We closed off the main street for traffic and lined up the vehicles along there. We also had market stalls and activities like free face painting for kids. It was a huge success,” said Neil Warhurst, who is one of the founding members of the show committee.
“The committee is made of nine people including me, but on the day of the event we had around 20 volunteers helping out with various jobs.
“This year’s event raised nearly $30,000, with all of the money to be put back in the local Mannum community for various things like schools, hospital and local clubs.
This year’s truck prize winners include:
Best Truck in Show: Sam Holman for Western Star 4900 2021
Best Truck in Show Runner Up: Joel Hitch for Kenworth T610 SAR
Best Paint Scheme or Graphics: Andrew Cavallo for Kenworth T909 2019
Best Tipper: Nate Fuss for Kenworth T909 2022
Best Prime Mover: Reece Megson for Kenworth SAR Legend 2023
Best Truck Over 10 Years: Matt Traeger for Kenworth T904 2007
Best Rigid Truck: Jon Bird Kenworth T610 SAR
Best Vintage Truck Over 25 Years: Georgie Traeger for Dodge AT4690 1969
Best Fleet: Chamkaur Sodhi’s CS Asset Holdings for Western Star 786YF 2021, Freightliner Cascadia 2022, Western Star 7800FX 2007, Kenworth K200 2022, Kenworth T659 2022, and Kenworth t610SAR 2021.