Devil­ish Mack

Kelly Barker drove south from Bate­man’s Bay in his ‘devil­ish’ 685hp Mack Su­per-Liner for the big Alexan­dra Truck Ute and Rod Show.

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IT WAS 5am on June 12 and the Vic­to­rian town of Alexan­dra awoke to the sound of trucks mak­ing their way through the usu­ally quiet main streets.

An in­va­sion of sorts, how­ever this was the 20th run­ning of the an­nual Alexan­dra Truck Rod and Ute Show. And it was go­ing to be a big one.

Held reg­u­larly on the Sun­day over the Queen’s Birth­day long week­end, this year’s event was one of the best.

The weather was kind as well. While most of Aus­tralia copped a drench­ing, the morn­ing mist around Alexan­dra lifted to re­veal a cool but clear day, the sun­shine adding an ex­tra gleam to the pol­ished rigs.

The trucks, rods and utes are a wel­come in­tru­sion for lo­cal Alexan­dra busi­nesses, es­pe­cially pubs and clubs.

This year or­gan­is­ers ex­tended the show, which kicked off on the Fri­day evening with a ‘Stars of Coun­try’ con­cert fea­tur­ing Sony record­ing artist Adam Har­vey and his band.

The Vic­to­rian Truck Driv­ers’ Me­mo­rial Ser­vice, now a reg­u­lar pre­cur­sor to the main event, was held on the Satur­day, with a gala din­ner fol­low­ing that night.

While the truck show was an ex­cuse for own­ers and driv­ers to spend a week­end away, as well as show­ing off their gleam ma­chines, oth­ers used the op­por­tu­nity to ad­ver­tise their busi­nesses.

Alexan­dra does not charge an en­try fee, how­ever the town’s busi­nesses, churches and lo­cal ser­vice clubs ben­e­fit from the pa­tron­age of the vis­i­tors.

One of the lo­cal groups, the Oa­sis Com­mu­nity Church, kept the masses well fed. The church’s Stephen Turner was part of a ros­ter of three shifts of around 25 peo­ple in­volved in rais­ing funds on the day.

“We love to see all the faces around town, to help the com­mu­nity and to be in­cluded in one of the town’s best at­tended events,” Stephen says.

The church was hop­ing to raise over $2000, which will go to­wards up­grad­ing their own cook­ing fa­cil­i­ties used to help out at other com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The truck show is a great event for the com­mu­nity, from the scouts to the churches,” Stephen says, adding that the church also works with the Dame Pat­tie Men­zies Cen­tre.

“It’s a great time for the town; the buzz and ex­cite­ment and the weather is fan­tas­tic … some­one is look­ing af­ter us,” Stephen smiles.

It was a show of con­trasts, with the reg­u­lar quilt ex­hi­bi­tion adding a softer side to the heavy metal on dis­play.

The Vic­to­rian Wood­chop Cham­pi­onships were also held on Sun­day, as well as wood turn­ing demon­stra­tions and the fundrais­ing auc­tion at­tracted fierce bid­ding.

Mean­while, the kids were en­ter­tained with a large sideshow al­ley, and craft stalls and food venues up and down the main street did a roar­ing trade.

It’s easy to see why the Alexan­dra Truck Ute and Rod Show has be­come one of the most pop­u­lar road trans­port events on the cal­en­dar. Mark down June 11, 2017 for the next big show.

The trucks ar­riv­ing for an early Sun­day morn­ing start

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