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

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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

Cus­tomised Truck.

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.

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