It was a Kenworth invasion in the NSW Hawkesbury region for this year’s Clarendon Classic.
Despite this year’s Clarendon Classic Machinery, Truck and Hobby Rally promoting the theme of ‘all things European’, the event was notable for the inclusion of the ‘Kenworth Klassic’ featuring 265 historical and working Kenworth trucks.
Held at the Hawkesbury Showgrounds in New South Wales on September 17 to 18, the event presented around 500 trucks plus a large range of antique engines, tractors, motorcycles and cars. Also on show were working steam engines, earthmoving equipment pushing up dirt, and chain-sawing. Adding further to the show’s retro feel, double decker buses were used to shuttle patrons to Richmond Station.
A steam train kept the mood going by blowing its whistle, with the steam traction engines at the show whistling back.
For those in for the long haul, there was on-site camping available with clean toilets and showers.
The entire show was a smooth operation, with trucks efficiently signed in, bins regularly emptied, and traffic promptly directed. It all went off without a hitch.
Early exhibitors were welcomed with a Friday evening barbecue, however trucks continued to arrive the following day.
Saturday evening’s highlight was the vintage tractor pull.
A 12hp Buffalo Pits steam tractor engine made light work of towing the sled, with the ash and embers pouring out of its exhaust making for a spectacular sight.
The proceeds from gate takings at the show were being donated to the Windsor Hospital Ladies Auxiliary.