After a two-year hiatus, the Alexandra Truck, Ute & Rod Show returned with a bang, attracting over 315 trucks and crowds of more than 11,000.
Held on Sunday June 12 in the Upper Goulburn Valley town of Alexandra, Victoria, this year marked the event’s 25th anniversary.
Trucks made the voyage to the small rural town from across Victoria, NSW, Queensland, South Australia and WA, with those in attendance treated to a day of fun and festivities.
Among the highlights was the truck show appearance of the new Kenworth K220, which was officially unveiled at an event earlier this month. “We were lucky enough to have the new K220 cabover here, through Damian Chippendale from Hallam Truck Centre – it’s the first time it’s been on show for the public,” said Andrew Embling, who has been part of the organising committee for the event since its inception.
Truck of the Show went to a 2021 Kenworth C509 owned by Richardson & Son Haulage, and driven by Steven Richardson from Henty, NSW.
The woodchop was another major drawcard, with over 50 contestants battling it out for a prize pool valued at approximately $8000.
There was also an auction held on the day, with 55 items going under the hammer and raising over $17,000, which goes back into the community.
“When we started the Alexandra Truck, Ute & Rod Show, we did it for the town. Through winter it goes quiet, so we wanted to give our small businesses an opportunity to get a bit of reserve into their coffers,” said Embling, who was onsite with his team from 3.30am to prepare for the day.
“It’s held in our main street, Grant Street, which goes about 2.5 kilometres around our town. We had entertainment from Simply Bushed and Paul Costa, and you could hear their music right through the town.
“After an absence of two years, we were very excited to have it back, mainly for the trucking industry but also for our townsfolk. We were overwhelmed with how it all went. It was just a really great day.”