Dickson’s dazzle in Deniliquin
“IT WAS our best show ever.”
Those were the words of the Deniliquin Truck Show Committee after the staging of their annual weekend of all things trucking in early September.
With a number of events spread over three days, the event, now in its fourth year, is going from strength to strength.
The Deniliquin RSL Club was the setting for the truck show dinner which kicked off the weekend’s activities on the Friday night.
Ron Finemore Transport executive chairman Ron Finemore was keynote speaker, and spoke of his career in road transport over the last five decades from starting with one truck to the multi-million dollar business he oversees today.
Also on the speaking list was Steve Matthews, from Riverina Bluebell, an organisation which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues in the wider Riverina.
Such is the generous nature of the transport industry as a whole, Riverina Bluebell, which is self-funded, received $10,000 on the night in pledges coming via an impromptu whip-around, with a number of corporate guests pledging their support for the vital work that is undertaken.
The night also saw three more inductions to the Deniliquin and District Transport Wall of Fame, with the late Keith (Leslie) Purtill, Garry Plant and the late Laurence (Curly) Martin, becoming the sixth, seventh and eighth names to take their place on the Wall on the Cobb Highway.
With the sun shining brightly on Saturday, around 75 trucks ranging from vintage Fords and Macks through to the latest-spec Scania’s, Kenworths and Mercedes Benz made their way to Memorial Park for the Truck Show and Industry Expo.
Trucks rolled in from across northern Victorian and the wider Riverina, with judging undertaken across a number of categories.
One of the main features of the show has been the continued corporate support for the industry expo, and long term supporters such as Royans, Cummins and local business Dunn’s engineering were again well represented this year.
PACCAR (Graham Thompson Motors), Volvo/Mack (CMV Wodonga) and Scania were also on site, all presenting a range of new models.
As has been the case in past years, the high standard of presentation made the judges work hard to determine the category winners, and in particular the coveted Truck of the Show honours.
The trip across from Cobram proved to be a successful one for father-and-son team Barry and Kobey Dickson, who took home the Truck of the Show prize with their immaculate 1993 Kenworth T900.
Backing up on their success at the Oaklands Truck Show earlier this year, the Dickson Kenworth also took out the prize for Best Truck 25-39 Years.
Two new categories were added for this year, with local operators Deniliquin Freighters taking out Best European with their Mercedes Benz Actros, while Brian Willis made the short trip across from Mayrung to take out Best Farm Truck with his 1989 Ford LTL 9000.
After the show, the after-party kicked off into Saturday night at the nearby Golf Club, with the weekend’s formalities concluding on the Sunday morning with the Memorial Service at the Wall of Fame.
After another successful event, the committee will be gearing up for another big event in 2019.
AWARD-WINNING TRUCK: Gray’s of Finley took out multiple awards in 2018.
Best Farm Truck was the Ford LTL 9000 of Brian Willis.
Garry Plant receives his Wall of Fame induction plaque from Evan Whitbourne.
John Carmichael bought his restored B-61 Mack from Ivanhoe.
Purtills Petroleum made up part of the trade contingent.