Truck to rum­ble in the Rive­rina

Wagga is set to host truck show

Big Rigs - - TRUCK SHOW - David Vile

THE STREETS of Wagga Wagga will rum­ble to the sound of trucks and bikes on Septem­ber 23 with the run­ning of the an­nual Rive­rina Truck Show and Kids Con­voy, to be staged in the south­ern New South Wales city.

With Wagga Wagga a ma­jor hub in the road trans­port in­dus­try as the home base to a num­ber of na­tional car­ri­ers it has a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of truck­ing sup­port in­dus­tries. Wagga Wagga is def­i­nitely re­garded as a trans­port town, and the con­voy is al­ways well sup­ported by both lo­cal op­er­a­tors and those from fur­ther afield.

Or­gan­ised by the Ro­tary Club of Wagga Wagga Sun­rise, the first Con­voy and Truck Show was held in 2014 and since then has be­come a ma­jor an­nual event.

In the process, al­most $100,000 has been raised and dis­trib­uted across a range of lo­cal char­i­ties.

In 2016 more than 8000 peo­ple en­joyed a fan­tas­tic day out, with more than 100 trucks on dis­play and $42,000 raised. This year’s event will see all money raised ben­e­fit­ing two chil­dren’s char­i­ties, the Wagga Wagga Ron­ald McDon­ald House and NETS NSW –the New­born and Pe­di­atric Emer­gency Trans­port Ser­vice.

In 2017 the con­voy will as­sem­ble to the north of Wagga Wagga Live­stock Mar­ket­ing Cen­tre at Bomen be­fore work­ing its way through the cen­tral busi­ness to Apex Park on Lake Al­bert where a truck show and fam­ily fun day will be held, cul­mi­nat­ing in a mas­sive fire­works dis­play to close the event.

En­tries are now be­ing ac­cepted for trucks to par­tic­i­pate in the con­voy. Bids are also open for the lead truck auc­tion, with the top bid­der win­ning the right to at­tach the ‘Lead Truck’ ban­ner to their truck and head the con­voy, with a sou­venir ‘lead truck’ num­ber plate also be­ing pre­sented to the win­ning bid­der.

The sec­ond and third high­est bid­ders will line up be­hind the lead truck and also re­ceive a con­voy num­ber-plate. Last year in a close con­test the top bid of $3800 saw An­drew Bell of Lind­say Trans­port lead the con­voy in his Ken­worth and this year bid­ding is again ex­pected to be a hotly con­tested af­fair.

Hav­ing set a record field of 210 trucks par­tic­i­pat­ing in the con­voy in 2105, the or­gan­is­ers are aim­ing to break the record in 2017, and this year the con­voy has been ex­panded for mo­tor­bikes to par­tic­i­pate as well to add to the spec­ta­cle.

Start­ing from the Bomen stag­ing area at 11.30am, the trucks will head through North Wagga and then through Fitz­mau­rice and Tar­cutta streets, cross­ing the Sturt Hwy be­fore park­ing up at Apex Park on the shores of Lake Al­bert.

Start­ing at 1pm, the truck show and shine will see judg­ing and prizes awarded across a range of cat­e­gories, with event ma­jor spon­sor Roy­ans Truck and Trailer Re­pairs mak­ing a num­ber of cat­e­gory tro­phies by hand.

Along with check­ing out the trucks, vis­i­tors will en­joy a range of trade and mar­ket stands, live mu­sic, a car and bike show and amuse­ment rides. A fea­ture this year will be Justin McLel­land from Tumba Tim­ber Carv­ings who will be demon­strat­ing his skills with a chain­saw mak­ing tim­ber sculp­tures.

On Septem­ber 9, a ‘Bat­tle of The Brains’ will take place with a trivia night and char­ity auc­tion at the wagga wagga boat club. Around $10,000 was raised at this event last year.

PHO­TOS: DAVID VILE

MOV­ING ON: Wagga will rum­ble to the sound of diesel en­gines on Septermber 23.

The old and the new will be on show at the Lake Al­bert Re­serve.

An­drew Bell of LBs led the way in 2016.

Plenty of pol­ish and Shine will be on dis­play.

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