What started as a one-off event in 2017 to raise money for the local women’s football club has transformed into an annual truck and trade show in one of Tasmania’s oldest towns, Sorell.
Located 25 kilometres north-east of Hobart, the town was once again host to the South East Suns Truck & Trade Show on Sunday, June 11.
A crowd of approximately 2,000 people attended this year’s event. There were 78 registered trucks at the venue and over 20 categories of truck prizes to be won.
The event was held at Pembroke Park, which is the local sporting precinct and home to the local women’s football club, the South East Suns.
“The day is great for the whole family with plenty to see and do,” said Emma Bygrave, one of the main coordinators of the event.
“The event included some kids activities such as a treasure hunt, face painting, show bags from the local fire brigade, small children’s rides and a ball machine. We also had some big kids activities such as a strap throwing competition.
“We also have a model truck show, a vintage machine display, an overhead crane display, the Tasmanian bus & coach society, a full competition woodchop from the Southern Axeman’s Association, a truck safety awareness display, an amazing display from the Derwent Scottish Pipe Band and a balloon pop with heaps of prizes.”
This year’s truck show helped raise over $8,000 for the women’s football club. The funds will help the club reduce registration costs, purchase new equipment and aid in team-building activities for all the teams within the club.
The 2023 prize winners are:
Aiden Barker Memorial Shield recipient: Jesse Canham
Shaun Gangell Memorial Shield recipient: David Martin’s Big Al
Working Truck of The Show: Adrian Dolbey’s BWT
Restored Truck of The Show: Dion Wilson’s Superliner
Runner Up Working Truck of The Show: David Martin’s Big Al
Runner Up Restored Truck of The Show: Chariots of Fire
People’s Choice Working Truck of The Show: Jake Brown’s Ramcorp
People’s Choice Restored Truck of The Show: Brad John’s Volvo
Oldest Working Truck: Brad Lamp’s Headlam Howlett
Best Fleet: Quinns Transport
Best Restored Truck Pre 1950: Army Truck 144035
Best Restored Truck 1950-1980: Marcello’s Morris Commercial
Best Restored Truck Post 1980: Mick Hall’s Value Liner
Best Western Star: Mark Birchmore’s Batchelors
Best Volvo: Jake Hay’s MKH
Best Kenworth: WJ & GV Gangell’s Kenworth cabover
Best Mack: Maddin Baierl’s Headlam Howlett Excavations
Best Hino: Tas Fire Service
Best Tilt Tray: Anthony Young’s Hirequip
Best Highway Truck: Darren Quinn
Best Vac/Pump Truck: Archers Underground Services
Best Tipper: Joshua Davie’s Statewide Earthworks
Best Rigid: Quinns Transport’s Aaron
Best Log Truck: AG & N Barker’s Bull Barker
The organising committee is planning a second trucking event this year, which will be a truck convoy that is aimed at raising money for the children’s ward at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Since its beginning five years ago, the truck convoy has helped raise a total of $50,000 for the hospital.
For more details, visit the Suns Truck Show website.