Hip, hip… Hippo!

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - News -

AN OLD LEYLAND HAS STOLEN THE PRE­MIUM hon­ours at the Gore Truck Show….for the sec­ond time!

e re­stored 1964 Leyland Hippo, owned by Bal­clutha’s McLel­lan Freight, took the pres­ti­gious King Rig ti­tle at the an­nual show – re­peat­ing a win in 2004.

e Leyland had not long been bought by McLel­lan Freight when it won 13 years ago.

is year’s win, says McLel­lan Freight MD Alex McLel­lan, fol­lowed six months of work restor­ing the Hippo to “show qual­ity.”

McLel­lan said he was hum­ble but proud to have won the King Rig ti­tle once again with the same ve­hi­cle – point­ing out that the com­pe­ti­tion was of a very high stan­dard and pay­ing tribute to other en­trants.

e June 3 show was held at Trans­port Re­pairs’ yard in Gore, with more than 60 ve­hi­cles en­tered, from all over the South. As usual, it made for a busy time in Gore, as the town also hosted the New Zealand Gold Gui­tar Awards over Queens Birth­day Week­end.

e 12 judges for the truck show took four hours judg­ing the trucks – ac­cord­ing to show com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Rhonda Wil­son, eval­u­at­ing them on their pre­sen­ta­tion and how each truck has been “looked af­ter by the driver.”

Af­ter judg­ing, the trucks pa­raded through the cen­tral busi­ness district of Gore, watched by a large crowd of spec­ta­tors, who showed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the work­ing ve­hi­cles that are cen­tral to the pros­per­ity of the ru­ral South.

At the con­clu­sion of the pa­rade the trucks were parked-up, so the pub­lic could in­spect them. e prize­giv­ing was held at 4pm at the Tra ers Tav­ern, with Bruce Robert­son – Road Trans­port Lo­gis­tics eet man­ager and pres­i­dent of the Otago/South­land branch of the NZ Road Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion – o ciat­ing.

A keen sup­porter of the show, Robert­son termed it a “great event with a fan­tas­tic amount of spon­sor­ship from lo­cal and na­tion­wide busi­nesses.”

It is, he added, “a great op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote the pro le of the trans­port in­dus­try.”

is was the 30th an­niver­sary of the show: Al­though a pre­de­ces­sor event was ac­tu­ally run in 1978 by the Gold Gui­tar or­gan­is­ers, it was dropped un­til ’88, when truck­ing en­thu­si­asts formed a com­mit­tee and launched the show that has run an­nu­ally ever since.


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