Clas­sic Week­end

It was a Ken­worth in­va­sion in the NSW Hawkes­bury re­gion for this year’s Claren­don Clas­sic.

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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.

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