lights, trucks, action!
Just when it seemed to be an event without a home, the annual Lights On The Hill Memorial Convoy roared back into action on October 1. Greg Bush writes
Twelve months is a long time in the trucking industry. And so it has been for the annual Lights On The Hill Convoy Memorial Convoy.
Following a mammoth turnout of trucks in February 2015, the event seemed certain continue moving ahead.
Lights On The HIll had already outgrown the Gatton Showground, it’s long-time home up to and including 2014. A move to the wide open spaces of the Gatton racecourse last year appeared a step in the right direction.
But problems arose, including access issues. A new venue in the shape of a new and larger showground was being mentioned as the answer for 2016’s event. However, it soon became apparent that the new venue would not be ready in time for its usual February date, and with no suitable alternate venue in sight, Lights On The Hill was cancelled. This was exacerbated with the sudden passing of Lockyer Valley Regional Council mayor Steve Jones in February this year.
Surprisingly, after negotiations with the council and the Lockyer Valley Race Club, a deal was struck where Lights On The Hill was able to return to the track, bringing in its own amenities.
A more convenient truck access point was made available, and the event was stretched to two days, combining the twin convoys with the annual memorial service.
Lights On The Hill committee president Kerry
Above: The Lockyer Valley Regional Council’s Mack, which led the Withcott convoy, had prime position at the track.