Ken­worth turnout a coup for or­gan­is­ers

More than 6500 pun­ters through the gates for rally

Big Rigs - - CLARENDON CLASSIC -

WHEN it comes to truck shows, it’s hard to beat the an­nual Claren­don Clas­sic Rally, held on the out­skirts of Syd­ney.

From tur­bine pow­ered go-karts to steam pow­ered trucks, there is so much to catch one’s at­ten­tion, and so much to spend the day ad­mir­ing.

Cou­pled with the im­mensely pop­u­lar Ken­worth Klas­sic rally, the show man­aged to pull 6500 peo­ple through the gate over two days, with 292 Ken­worth trucks rolling in, as well as well as every other type of ma­chin­ery ever con­ceived.

Even the ridicu­lously strong wind (and the risk of se­ri­ous in­jury from fly­ing um­brel­las) couldn’t keep the pun­ters from com­ing to one of Aus­tralia’s big­gest ma­chin­ery ral­lies.

On en­ter­ing the rally, the choices of where to go, what to see, makes it hard to pick.

With trac­tor pulls, vin­tage mo­tor­cy­cles on dis­play and swap meet stands set up, the sound of steam sta­tion­ary en­gines puff­ing away, and the smell of Dutch pan­cakes, there isn’t any es­cape for the senses.

Although once the tur­bine pow­ered go-kart started up there seemed to be noth­ing else in the place, the sound, the noise, eclips­ing all else in the grounds.

Only last year, the Ken­worth Klas­sic was added to the lineup at the Claren­don Clas­sic Rally.

With Western Syd­ney hav­ing such a strong Ken­worth fan­base, there was a great re­sponse to the show, and this year has only got­ten big­ger and bet­ter.

Run col­lec­tively by a bunch of diehard Ken­worth fans, the or­gan­i­sa­tion skills fall­ing to Bruce Gun­ther, of Haulin the Hume fame, and the boys from North­west Trucks ral­lied the en­trants from Aus­tralia wide to en­sure a full field.

Big Rigs caught up with Bruce Gun­ther to get his wrap-up on the show.

“This show has turned out even bet­ter than ex­pected, to be amongst th­ese en­thu­si­asts who live and breathe the Ken­worth prod­uct.

“We def­i­nitely have to thank the Syd­ney An­tique Ma­chin­ery Club, for ac­com­mo­dat­ing us on the back of their highly suc­cess­ful rally.

“I also want to thank our ma­jor spon­sors Gil­bert & Roach for help­ing to make this KK rally a suc­cess.

“I’d also like to thank the sup­port given by Ken­worth Aus­tralia and Pac­car Parts, for get­ting be­hind this event, and recog­nis­ing their her­itage.

“Fi­nally, I’d like to thank those who helped get the

T900 Leg­end to this event, Jim Hur­ley and Liz Martin.”

Com­ing up from Vic­to­ria, Paul Dos­sett en­tered his ex Finemore Trans­port W925SAR, a truck he used to see around as a kid, but af­ter try­ing for a while man­aged to se­cure his rig.

Ac­cord­ing to Paul: “I’ve come here to sup­port Dave Chapman, from North­west Trucks, and I am a bit blown away by the turnout, def­i­nitely well worth the trip up here.”

Another en­trant in the show is lo­cal trans­port op­er­a­tor Michael Ce­fai, who en­tered his fa­ther’s orig­i­nal 1976 SAR in the show, a truck which means a lot to Michael and car­ries the same paintjob as his fleet of late model tip­pers he runs.

We asked Michael what he thought about the show and he said with­out a sec­ond thought: “I’m telling you, look at the size of this event, there is noth­ing else around like it.”

One of the ben­e­fits to the KK event is the lack of any type judg­ing and the lack of an en­try fee for the show, which means the at­mos­phere is more re­laxed, and the fo­cus is on like-minded peo­ple get­ting to­gether to en­joy a com­mon in­ter­est.

The only tro­phies that are handed out at the event are to a se­lect group who have sup­ported the brand, or man­aged to per­form a beau­ti­ful restora­tion job on a KW rig.

Known as the KK Award of Ex­cel­lence, this year’s picks were:

■ Er­rol Cos­grove

■ Dane Ballinger Cam­sons Trans­port Chris and Andrew Mus­cat Phil Crm­lec Gradall Con­struc­tions One of Aus­tralia’s largest ma­chin­ery ral­lies and truck shows, the Claren­don Clas­sic and Ken­worth Klas­sic are a must for any­one who likes, well any­thing re­lat­ing to ma­chin­ery re­ally.

En­thu­si­asts, main­tain­ing our her­itage and shar­ing it with the next gen­er­a­tion, and all in ridicu­lously high winds.

Paul Dos­sett and his orig­i­nal ex Finemore SAR.

Wick­hams came down south for the show.

Jeff­sanns beau­ti­fully re­stored Mack trucks.

PHOTOS: CONTRIBUTTED

David Court­ney’s SAR.

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