Crowds turned out last Sunday for another fantastic event, as the 2022 WA Mack Muster and Truck Show showcased 214 trucks of various makes and models, while raising approximately $200,000 for a worthy cause.
“It was an amazing day – a huge success. We had 214 trucks on display and attracted roughly 6000 people,” said executive committee member Matt Lawrence.
That’s compared to the inaugural event in 2020 that featured 140 trucks and over 3500 visitors.
The WA Mack Muster and Truck Show raises money for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. Last time around, money raised was approximately $100,000, so this time organisers have managed to double it.
“The weather held out from 10am until about 1.30pm when it rained us out, which was unfortunate, but in that time we had counted about 6000 people coming through the gates. The trucks on display were only about 36 per cent Mack in the end, 22 per cent Kenworth and the rest was made up of other brands,” said Lawrence.
The oldest of those on display was a whopping 95 years old – a 1927 AA Chevrolet Capitol, owned by Mark Talbot, who also won an award for one of his other trucks on the day.
Along with the main show on Sunday May 22, events spanned the weekend, with a Mack Muster gala dinner on the Friday prior for 350 guests and a Drivers’ Dinner on the Saturday, which attracted around 100 people.
“It was just a great atmosphere, because have it there at Quarry Farm. It brought people together to enjoy a relaxed weekend for the whole industry. From first thing in the morning on the Saturday at 5am, we had trucks coming in up until 11pm,” Lawrence added.
Along with the trucks, activities and stalls, Outback Truckers’ show favourites Steve Graham, Sludge and Yogi were also there for a meet and greet.
“As we understand it, from talking to a few people in the industry, with the number of trucks, it may just make it one of Australia’s largest truck shows – it’s certainly up there,” Lawrence said.
“We’re looking to potentially expand the show too. We want to put it show on the national calendar and if we can be a part of other people’s shows too, it could create a great experience for everybody involved.”
There were also 19 awards handed out at the 2022 Mack Muster and Truck Show. Here are the winners:
People’s Choice: 1981 White Road Boss (Cesare Colli/Colli Timber and Hardware)
Truck of the Show: 1975 Kenworth SAR (Patch/ Transpatch)
Best Fleet: Bandana Earthmoving (Ryan Demasi/ Bandana Earthmoving)
Best Rigid: 2012 Kenworth T359 (Ross Kitts/ Dananni Haulage)
Best Vintage: 1963 Peterbilt 351A (Daniel Ridolfo)
Best American (1970 – 1995): 1975 Dodge D5N 700 (Russell Mehrtens/ Mehrtens Transport)
Best American (1996 – 2022): 2001 Kenworth T950 (Frazer Penn/ Penn’s Cartage Contractors)
Best European (1970 – 1995): 1978 Volvo G88 (Pete Haines/ Midland HIAB and Haulage)
Best European (1995 – 2022): 2021 Volvo FH16 (Mark Talbot/ Wedderburn Transport
Best Tow Truck: 2019 Kenworth T409 SAR (Travis Hodge/ Swan Towing)
People’s Choice Mack: 1989 Mack Value-Liner (Jason Clatworthy/ CTS Low Loaders)
Mack of the Show: 1988 Mack Super-Liner II (Barry Napoli/ Charles Hull Contracting)
Best Vintage Mack: 1965 Mack B61 (Clem and Brett Catalano/ B&J Catalano)
Best Mack 1970 – (1979): 1971 Mack Flintstone (Robert Rutherford)
Best Mack (1980 – 1989): 1989 Mack Super-Liner (Mick Ferguson/ Vernice Pty Ltd)
Best Mack (1990 – 1999): 1990 Mack Value-Liner (Steven and David Della Bona/ WA Limestone)
Best Mack (2000 – 2009): 2007 Mack Titan (Jack Humphrey/ York Bulk and General Freight)
Best Mack (2010 – 2022): 2020 Mack Super-Liner (Jason Templeman/ JKT Contracting)