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Save the date: The best trucking events in 2023

Here are a few major trucking events happening near you to mark in your diary.

JULY

Wauchope Yesteryear Truck & Machinery Show

July 8-9

Wauchope Showground, NSW

Featuring historic and late model working trucks, vintage cars and tractors, machinery, motorcycles and stationary engines. Plus market stalls, swap meet and family entertainment. Free entry for exhibitors. $10 weekend camping. Saturday night fully catered meal and unreserved auction with proceeds to charity.

AUGUST

Casino Truck Show

August 5

Casino, NSW

Show sponsored by North Coast Petroleum. The Highway Lights Parade will roll through Johnston and Centre Streets from 10am on Saturday. Truck registrations ($30 each) from 6am at the Casino Industrial Area on the town’s east side. Includes live music, amusements and markets. Over $12,000 in cash and prizes. Presentation at 2pm. Plus plenty of blinged up trucks from all across Australia will be parked in the CBD. Bobtail and rigid trucks only.

2023 Australian Festival of Transport

August 24-27

National Road Transport Hall of Fame, Alice Springs

The National Road Transport Hall has announced the 2023 Australian Festival of Transport. The four-day event will include welcoming the new inductees onto the prestigious Shell Rimula Wall of Fame and the Legends Gala Dinner that will incorporate the first annual ‘Transport Women Unite Red Ball’ on Saturday night. The Red Ball will also be host to the inaugural Transport Women Dream Maker Award. This award is to recognise the women in the industry who work behind the scenes, and help those who front the organisation to achieve their dreams, whether it be an owner/operator, a family business or a large company.

Razorback Blockade Reunion

August 26

National Road Transport Hall of Fame, Alice Springs

Held as part of the National Road Transport Museum’s Festival of Transport, the Razorback Blockade Reunion will celebrate the six courageous truck drivers who, in 1979, blocked the then-Hume highway near the famous Razorback Ridge in the name of protesting road maintenance taxes introduced as early as the 1950s.

SEPTEMBER

NatRoad Conference 2023

September 27-29

Gold Coast, Queensland

After a difficult two years for road freight operators, NatRoad is pleased to invite members to the NatRoad National Conference 2023, to be held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, Benowna on Queensland’s Gold Coast from September 27 to 29. Includes the ‘NatRoad Parliament’ and the NatRoad Awards presented at the Gala Dinner.

Lights On The Hill Memorial Convoy

September 30 & October 1

Gatton, Queensland

The 2023 Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy is planned to be held on September 30 en route to Gatton Showgrounds with the Memorial service to be held on October 1 at the Lake Apex Memorial wall. Live music at the showgrounds includes The Wolfe Brothers, Josh Setterfield, Hayley Jensen, Will Day, Kerry Kennedy & Double Barrel and more.

OCTOBER

Technology & Maintenance Conference

October 16-18

Melbourne, VIC

The Technology & Maintenance Conference (TMC) in-person event is back after four years. The event aims to bring new ideas, expert advice, and strategies to help transport operators save thousands of dollars through improved maintenance and purchasing strategies. The TMC program committee is seeking expressions of interest from people to propose sessions, workshops or to be part of a panel at TMC 2023. The program will cover topics including technology, safety, productivity, environment, costs and industry careers. Registrations to be launched soon.

Convoy for Kids Sydney

October 29

Clarendon, NSW

Starting at the Sydney Dragway, the convoy will make its way to the Hawkesbury Showground in Clarendon for a day filled with fun and festivities for the whole family. The event will raise funds for the NETS Ambulance Service.

NOVEMBER

Brisbane Convoy for Kids

November 4

Brisbane, Queensland

Following a successful 2022 event, planning is already underway to make the 2023 Brisbane Convoy for Kids even bigger and better. Along with the main convoy, there will be a truck show, family fun and entertainment, and an evening fireworks display.

Goulburn Convoy for Kids & Carnival Day

The Goulburn Convoy for Kids is a registered charity run by local volunteers.

November, 11

Goulburn Showgrounds, NSW

A jam-packed day of fun for the whole family at Goulburn Showground, Braidwood Road. On the day there will be a huge array of trucks on display following the convoy, free carnival rides, entertainment galore including the return of Bluey and Bingo, activities and interactive games for the kids plus much more. A variety of food and refreshment stations will be available. Entry for kids is free. The Convoy for Kids Goulburn charity provides financial assistance to local families who have a child living with a permanent disability, special need, cancer or terminal illness.

Illawarra Convoy

November 19

Illawarra, NSW

Touted as the largest truck and motorbike convoy in the Southern Hemisphere, the Illawarra Convoy raises funds for individuals and families affected by potentially life threatening medical conditions, together with charities that work with these people, and local hospitals.

Have you got an event you’d like included in the next Save the Date? Email all the details to editor@bigrigs.com.au.

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