Here are a few major trucking events happening near you to mark in your diary.
Each year the Australian Truck Drivers’ Memorial committee holds a memorial service in Tarcutta to honour truck drivers who have passed away. It is an opportunity for grieving families and friends to unite with others who have suffered similar losses and bring comfort to each other. This year’s memorial service will be held in Tarcutta Park, Sydney Street/old Hume Highway, commencing at 1pm. During the service, attendees are invited to lay flowers or wreaths at the memorial wall in memory of their loved one. There will also be a flower stall on the day. The service is followed by afternoon tea provided by the Tarcutta community and held at the RSL clubrooms.
The Deniliquin Truck Show and Industry Expo is fast approaching. Organised by the Rotary Club of Deniliquin, the event will take place at Deniliquin Race Club on Racecourse Road. The fun kicks off at 10am with a truck show, a truck show auction, food stalls, kids’ rides, and a transport industry expo. Entries for the truck show close at 12 noon sharp and winners will be selected across 12 categories.
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.
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.
Murray Bridge, SA
Honouring truck drivers who have lost their lives, the White Hill Truck Drivers Memorial now has over 100 names. This special day will begin with a convoy, with trucks meeting at White Hill. Each truck will wear a banner and head down the hill towards the monument, where they will line up and toot their air horn ahead of the service that will take place at 11am.
Bendigo Show Grounds, VIC
Truckies Against Bullying was founded by Andrew and Sandy Lattin after their kids endured severe bullying at school. Their aim is to raise awareness and find solutions to the problems associated with bullying within our schools, communities and workplaces, as well as within the trucking industry. The Truckies Against Bullying Truck, Car and Bike Show is their first event, and will feature a truck convoy, food and market stalls, face painting and much more. Gates open 10am to 4pm.
Mullumbimby Showground, NSW
Held in conjunction with the annual Mullumbimby Agricultural Show, the Mullumbimby Truck Show will feature a truck parade through town to the showgrounds at 11am. There will also be a host of activities on offer for all the family, including sideshow alley, rides, food vans, full bar facilities and live music, as well as horse and cattle events. Truck registrations open from 9am at the Mullumbimby Industrial Estate off Manns Rd.
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.
Held at the Maffra Recreation Grounds on Newry Road, the East Gippsland Heritage Truck Display is open to all trucks of any age, reflecting the history of transport in Australia. There’ll also be live music, catering and kids’ entertainment, including a jumping castle and model trucks. Free camping is also available for exhibitors.
Appin South 32 Colliery to Shellharbour Airport, NSW
The Illawarra community’s 18th annual big convoy. Bikes will leave Illawarra Coal’s Westcliff Colliery on Appin Rd at around 8.15am, followed by family’s buses then lead. Non-lead trucks will join at Maddens Plains to Mount Ousley, Warrawong to Shellharbour Airport. There will be a family fun day at Shellharbour airport (COVID restrictions permitting). Fundraising will continue online with a silent auction, raffles and merchandise with monies raised to be distributed via the Illawarra Community Foundation to charities and families in need within the Illawarra and South Coast regions.
The Tassie Convoy 4 Kids is back this year and are now accepting applications for their famous “Top 10”. The Christmas-themed charity convoy will take place on November 25, departing the Glen Lea Road in Pontville at 4pm. Truckies are encouraged to decorate their vehicles with tinsel and lights to get in the festive spirit. The Top 10 trucks in the convoy must register in advance by contacting Emma Bygrave on 0448 810 441. A $100 entry fee is required to secure your position and all money raised will go towards the children’s ward at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
Held at Campbells Creek Recreation Reserve and organised by the Castlemaine Rotary Club, entries will soon open for the Castlemaine Rotary Truck Show.
January 13-14, 2024
Geelong Showgrounds, VIC
The Geelong Classic Truck and Machinery Show is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2024, and tickets are already on sale. The weekend will feature everything from trucks to farm machinery to a vintage tractor pull, with a huge variety of model clubs and hobby displays.
February 23-24, 2024
Wagga Wagga, NSW
The annual LBRCA, held at the Range Clay Target Shooting Range and Function Centre, is a gathering of fellow truck owners and drivers, government, suppliers and industry representatives to focus on the needs of rural and regional heavy vehicle transporters. Issues range from unfair infringements and regulation to unsafe loading and unloading facilities. Attendees can also expect a trade exhibition, the Young Driver of the Year Award presentation, Gala Dinner and Auction Spectacular.
Kyabram Showgrounds, VIC
The Kyabram Mack Muster is a must-attend for Mack fans, featuring all Mack models and associated brands, but it’s also open to other truck makes. There’s free entry for exhibitors, with a Friday BBQ at the showgrounds and a meal at the Kyabram Club with a guest speaker on the Saturday night. For further details phone Dave Willis on 0428 692 753, John Laffan 0427 484 247 or Tim Daws 0458 868 988.
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