Polished perfection: 70 trucks lined up for judging at Oakland’s annual truck show
Several 2016 models were among the 70 trucks which lined up for judging at Oaklands’ annual truck show on March 19 and 20. Tamara Whitsed was equally impressed with the hard-working older trucks
All eyes were drawn to D&K Towns’ sparkling 2016 Kenworth T909 when it rolled into the Oaklands Truck Show in the Riverina, New South Wales, on Sunday, March 20.
Driver Simon McIntosh was being congratulated on the appearance of the new truck long before he accepted trophies for both Truck of the Show and People’s Choice.
The winning T909 was purchased from Hallam Truck Centre. The customisation is the work of Simon’s brother, Luke McIntosh, from Kyzer Kustoms of Shepparton.
Simon’s boss, Daryl Towns of Wonthaggi, will have the honour of driving the prize-winning truck. It will pull a refrigerated single trailer in Victoria and New South Wales. Simon does the same work in a similar six-month-old T909.
He was proud to show off the 8-inch Monster stacks, Vortox air cleaners, and 13-inch drop visor. The six fuel tanks have been stainless wrapped to look like four tanks, adding to the sleek finish of this head-turning rig.
Organised by the local Lions Club, the Oaklands Truck Show has a friendly family atmosphere, and a large proportion of the town’s population roll up their sleeves to help.
It was a special occasion for Wally Day and his family. Wally’s name was added to the Oaklands Truck Show Honour Board in recognition of his contribution to the local transport industry.
Reflecting on his career, Wally is glad he became a truck driver.
1. Simon McIntosh with D&K Towns’ Kenworth 909, which won Truck of the Show and People’s Choice. 2. Frank Webb and Toby Vile of Wodonga with Pat Day of Oaklands reminisce about carting cattle out of Thargomindah, Queensland, in 1957.
3. Wally (fourth from left) and Joy Day and their family celebrate Wally’s inclusion on the Honour Roll.
“You see a lot of the country. You meet a lot of nice people,” Wally says.
Business boomed for the Day family after they won a fuel contract in 1966. In 1975 their 13 drivers kept eight tankers moving around the clock. They sold their tankers in 1984 and then concentrated on carting grain.
In 1996 Wally and his sons Andrew and Craig established their own business, Days Freight Lines. Andrew now manages the business, which has two Kenworths specialising in tippers and livestock. Both trucks were at the show.
Today Wally and his wife Joy live in Yarrawonga, Victoria.
Wally’s brother, Pat, was inducted to the Honour Roll last year. Their father, Ted, was inducted posthumously in 2012.
Pat was thrilled to catch up with Frank Webb and Toby Vile of Wodonga. They were drawn to Pat’s 1955 Ford F600, which is similar to a truck named ‘Rose Marie’ which Pat drove in the 1950s. The three retired drivers reminisced about moving drought-affected cattle in Queensland from Thargomindah to a station north of Hungerford in 1957. Pat was only 20 at the time but almost 60 years later the three men look back on the experience with fond memories.
Eyes turned to the heavens throughout the day as parachutes floated to the recreation ground. Oaklands is home to less than 250 residents, so truckie Robbie Summons was surprised to discover how large the town looks from 10,000 feet.
“It was actually really relaxing,” he says. “When you do it as a tandem you just sit back and enjoy the ride. I got a good view of the truck show.”
Robbie lives in Melbourne but is a regular at the annual truck show. He was proud to display his
four-month-old 2016 Kenworth K200, which pulls two trailers for Toll.
The show attracted 70 trucks. Scott Willett’s
2016 Limited Edition Legend 950 Kenworth was among several 2016 models attending. Others had hundreds of thousands of kilometres on the clock, including grain trucks owned by ownerdrivers and small-fleet operators in the local area.
Rocker cover races, a pet show, miniature train rides and market stalls ensured fun for the whole family. Cars, utes, bikes and trikes were all polished up for judging.
Jimmy Beale from J&A Beale was pleased to be invited to officially open the show, and even prouder to win the Lights on the Hill trophy for the lights display on his 2008 Western Star 4900 on the Saturday night.
“It’s got a full row on both sides of the tanks, top and bottom; right across the bull bar; up the air cleaners; two rows across the top of the roof;
up the back of the truck; and across the back. “They can see you coming,” laughs Jimmy, whose Oaklands transport company has five trucks.
Good weather and live music contributed to a great atmosphere on the Saturday night.
Jimmy is president of the Oaklands Recreation Ground Committee, and one of many local residents who volunteered to help at the truck show.
Oaklands Truck Show Chairperson, Frank Smith, made a spectacular entry to the truck show, parachuting down carrying a giant Australian flag. He says plans are under way for next year’s show.
In previous years funds raised at the truck show have assisted local organisations and charities including the scouts, men’s shed, schools and recreation ground. Visit oaklandstruckshow.com. au to stay informed about plans for the 2017 event.
You see a lot of the country. You meet a lot of nice people.
4. Scott Willett, his children Ashlyn and Kayne, and their
shining new 2016 Limited Edition Legend 950 Kenworth. 5. Laurie Fyffe poses with Mick Gray’s Finley-based 2011 Kenworth T909, which won Best Truck in the 4-9 years division.
6. From Frank Gattuso Transport, Stuart Donnelly, Matthew Clarke, Cameron Quigley and Matthew Moloney. The 2014 K200 was Runner Up in the Truck of the Show competition. 7. Robbie Summons, with his new Kenworth K200, enjoys
returning to Oaklands for the annual truck show.
8. Gooden Transport’s 2014 Kenworth T909 won Best
9. Kieran ‘Sid’ Pascoe had one of the few Macks at the event. 10. Canny Carrying driver David Connor talks with Harold
Gibbs of Wagga beside Canny’s Kenworth 200.