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.