Klas­sic’s kool show


WITH the sound of steam whis­tles in the air, this year’s Claren­don Clas­sic took place in Western Syd­ney in Septem­ber.

Teamed up with the Ken­worth Klas­sic event, the show at­tracted more than 550 trucks, as well as trac­tors and sta­tion­ary en­gines as far as the eye could see.

In­creas­ing in size ev­ery year, the show brought in more than 5500 truck and ma­chin­ery fans from across Aus­tralia, with a level of va­ri­ety not com­monly seen in truck shows.

We caught up with Dean Ash­worth, who came up from Bendigo in his Mack Superliner to be a part of the show for the first time.

Owned for 10 years, the 1996 Rig of the Year is “pretty much orig­i­nal”, sport­ing its orig­i­nal paint.

“I’m im­pressed with the amount of gear here, the va­ri­ety of rigs on show is great,” he said.

Whether it be work­ing rigs or show rigs, the amount of work that goes into these trucks shows the amount of pas­sion these own­ers have for them.

In its third year, the Ken­worth Klas­sic is one of the draw­cards for the show, with acres of Ken­worth trucks cov­er­ing the show­ground.

This year 327 Ken­worth trucks reg­is­tered for the Klas­sic, rang­ing from Paddy Ward’s 1937 Ken­worth, right up to brand-new T900 Le­gends that haven’t even hit pre-delivery yet.

Parked up on the hill, the fea­ture truck for the show was Chris Sul­tana’s 1975 W925SAR, Cam­son’s first Ken­worth that was bought new in Sydenham.

Res­cued from farm du­ties at Or­ange in cen­tral NSW, the truck has been re­stored beau­ti­fully and is a trib­ute to Mr Sul­tana him­self.

Parked be­hind Mr Sul­tana’s truck was a sil­ver W model with an in­ter­est­ing his­tory. Built by Ken­worth Truck Sales as a show truck for the 1978 Syd­ney Truck Show at the Yennora wool sheds, the KWhop­per was pur­chased in March 1979 by Iain Cann.

The truck went through a few more own­ers, al­ways a work­ing truck, un­til it was re­cently ac­quired by a Syd­ney fleet op­er­a­tor with an in­ter­est in all things Ken­worth.

Mr Cann was at the Claren­don Show as well, bring­ing along a mate’s 1996 Western Star 6900 with a KTA19 down from the Hunter Val­ley for the show.

Big Rigs chat­ted with Bruce Gunter, one of the driv­ing forces be­hind the Ken­worth Klas­sic, who said the week­end was awesome.

“This is an event where it is a joy to put it on, we don’t feel like or­gan­is­ers so much as peo­ple who are just at­tend­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate all these great rigs,” he said.

When asked about his favourite truck of the show, he said it was hard to choose but it would be the Mus­cat T900 Leg­end.

“The colour and grace of that truck sends a shiver down my spine,” he said.

Noted Ken­worth en­thu­si­ast Phil Spencer made the trip up from Mel­bourne for the show.

“There is so much to look at here, from the clas­sics right up to the new trucks,” he said.

“I was in­volved in the de­sign of the T900 Leg­end, it’s amaz­ing how many of them have man­aged to get here and the mod­i­fi­ca­tions that their own­ers have made to them.

“This is a real feel-good show, the rap­port of ev­ery­one in­volved makes it all worth the ef­fort. Bruce Gunter and Dave Chap­man do an amaz­ing job with lo­gis­tics re­quired to run a show like this, although be­ing un­der stress like this ex­plains why Bruce has grey hair and Chappo is bald.”


BLUE BEAST: Dean Ash­worth’s Superliner was one of the cool trucks on dis­play at the Claren­don Truck Show.

This truck has taken part in the Illawarra Con­voy for Kids.

Ballinger Trans­port’s T950 Leg­end.

There was heaps to see and do at the show.

Line-up of T900 Le­gends.

Ce­fai Trans­port trucks had old and new ve­hi­cles on show.

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