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Bumper turnout for Dane Ballinger Memorial Truck Show

The 2021 Dane Ballinger Memorial Truck Show defied damp conditions last Friday to produce a bumper show over the weekend at Bathurst, with over 150 trucks registering for the event.

After a 13 year gap, the Bathurst Truck Show was revived in 2016 by Dane Ballinger and Dean Campbell, with the annual event continuing to grow under Dane’s namesake after his passing in 2019.

Flowers Freightlines were the big winners of the weekend, with Harry Cotterall taking home both Truck of the Show and Best Old Working truck category 1996-2005’with his 1997 Kenworth T950.

Head judge Peter Milton said the Dane Ballinger Memorial Truck Show is different in that old and new trucks are effectively all vying for top honours.

“There’s so much nice stuff out there. The hardest part of being a working truck show is that everything is in the one barrel,” said Milton.

“If a good day-to-day truck is clean and tidy because the owner looks after it, then it’s going to knock off something that came of the production line three weeks ago.”

Other awards winners included, Best Logging Combinations/Best Display, which went to Chris Mangan of Mangans Transport for his 2019, Kenworth T909.

Sam Ballinger’s Choice went to Jeremy Inverno of G & D Inverno with his 2018 Kenworth T900 Legend.

Best Tipper/Best Tipper and Dog Combination was taken out by Jaqui Vella from Raygal in her 2017 Kenworth RGT900.

Matthew Clarke won the Best Old Working up to 1985 in his 2021 Kenworth K200 big cab.

For more info on the event go to Bathursttruckshow.

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