CASINO’S BIG AND BEEFY RIGS

The 2017 North Coast Pe­tro­leum Casino Truck Show was ev­ery­thing you’d ex­pect, plus more. Cobey Bar­tels was there to see just why this truck show has be­come so pop­u­lar

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A RUM­BLING con­voy of more than 150 trucks ar­rived at Casino on Satur­day morn­ing, with just about ev­ery lo­cal in town lin­ing the main drag as the big rigs rolled on in.

Despite weather con­cerns af­ter be­ing rained out last year, this year the sky couldn’t have been clearer, with plenty of peo­ple left squint­ing as the sun ric­o­cheted off all the chrome.

Owner//Driver broad­cast the con­voy live on its Face­book site, and we were thor­oughly im­pressed by the sheer va­ri­ety of rigs on show.

Or­gan­is­ers made sure there was some­thing for ev­ery­one at the show, with live mu­sic by The Cath Simes Band, kids’ en­ter­tain­ment, face painters, food and mar­ket stalls, and amuse­ment rides for the lit­tle ones. The show saw a sur­prise visit from

Out­back Trucker star Glenn ‘Yogi’ Ken­dall, who was in all the ac­tion and helped out with the awards cer­e­mony.

Or­gan­iser and Casino Beef Week pro­mo­tions com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Stu­art Ge­orge was beam­ing, adding that he couldn’t be hap­pier with how it went.

“It’s be­com­ing some­thing the whole town looks for­ward to,” Stu­art tells Owner//Driver.

He was right – the crowds were huge.

“It’s pretty unique … from where we are, all you can see are trucks and heads!”

Cody Wood from O’Neill’s Haulage took out the cov­eted Tiny Loll­back Rig of the Show tro­phy and $1000 prize money, with his im­mac­u­late green and gold Western Star 4900.

“I can’t say I was re­ally ex­pect­ing that one but, yeah, it was a great turnout to­day,” Cody said ac­cept­ing the award.

“Pretty happy, got a fair few good helpers help­ing me get to where I was to­day … thanks very much.”

Here’s to another suc­cess­ful Casino Truck Show!

“It’s be­com­ing some­thing the whole town looks for­ward to.”

The North Coast Pe­tro­leum Ken­worth T409 look­ing schmick

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