Dickson’s daz­zle in De­niliquin

Big Rigs - - TRUCKIN’ ON THE BORDER - TRUCKIN’ ON THE BORDER DAVID VILE con­trib­u­tors@bi­grigs.com.au

“IT WAS our best show ever.”

Those were the words of the De­niliquin Truck Show Com­mit­tee after the stag­ing of their an­nual week­end of all things truck­ing in early Septem­ber.

With a num­ber of events spread over three days, the event, now in its fourth year, is go­ing from strength to strength.

The De­niliquin RSL Club was the set­ting for the truck show din­ner which kicked off the week­end’s ac­tiv­i­ties on the Fri­day night.

Ron Finemore Trans­port ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Ron Finemore was key­note speaker, and spoke of his ca­reer in road trans­port over the last five decades from start­ing with one truck to the multi-mil­lion dol­lar busi­ness he over­sees to­day.

Also on the speak­ing list was Steve Matthews, from Rive­rina Blue­bell, an or­gan­i­sa­tion which aims to raise aware­ness of men­tal health is­sues in the wider Rive­rina.

Such is the gen­er­ous na­ture of the trans­port in­dus­try as a whole, Rive­rina Blue­bell, which is self-funded, re­ceived $10,000 on the night in pledges com­ing via an im­promptu whip-around, with a num­ber of cor­po­rate guests pledg­ing their sup­port for the vi­tal work that is un­der­taken.

The night also saw three more in­duc­tions to the De­niliquin and District Trans­port Wall of Fame, with the late Keith (Les­lie) Pur­till, Garry Plant and the late Lau­rence (Curly) Martin, be­com­ing the sixth, sev­enth and eighth names to take their place on the Wall on the Cobb High­way.

With the sun shin­ing brightly on Satur­day, around 75 trucks rang­ing from vin­tage Fords and Macks through to the lat­est-spec Sca­nia’s, Ken­worths and Mercedes Benz made their way to Memo­rial Park for the Truck Show and In­dus­try Expo.

Trucks rolled in from across north­ern Vic­to­rian and the wider Rive­rina, with judg­ing un­der­taken across a num­ber of cat­e­gories.

One of the main fea­tures of the show has been the con­tin­ued cor­po­rate sup­port for the in­dus­try expo, and long term sup­port­ers such as Roy­ans, Cum­mins and lo­cal busi­ness Dunn’s en­gi­neer­ing were again well rep­re­sented this year.

PACCAR (Gra­ham Thomp­son Mo­tors), Volvo/Mack (CMV Wodonga) and Sca­nia were also on site, all pre­sent­ing a range of new mod­els.

As has been the case in past years, the high stan­dard of pre­sen­ta­tion made the judges work hard to de­ter­mine the cat­e­gory win­ners, and in par­tic­u­lar the cov­eted Truck of the Show hon­ours.

The trip across from Cobram proved to be a suc­cess­ful one for fa­ther-and-son team Barry and Kobey Dickson, who took home the Truck of the Show prize with their im­mac­u­late 1993 Ken­worth T900.

Back­ing up on their suc­cess at the Oak­lands Truck Show ear­lier this year, the Dickson Ken­worth also took out the prize for Best Truck 25-39 Years.

Two new cat­e­gories were added for this year, with lo­cal op­er­a­tors De­niliquin Freighters tak­ing out Best Euro­pean with their Mercedes Benz Ac­tros, while Brian Wil­lis made the short trip across from Mayrung to take out Best Farm Truck with his 1989 Ford LTL 9000.

After the show, the after-party kicked off into Satur­day night at the nearby Golf Club, with the week­end’s for­mal­i­ties con­clud­ing on the Sun­day morn­ing with the Memo­rial Ser­vice at the Wall of Fame.

After an­other suc­cess­ful event, the com­mit­tee will be gear­ing up for an­other big event in 2019.

PHO­TOS: DAVID VILE

AWARD-WIN­NING TRUCK: Gray’s of Fin­ley took out mul­ti­ple awards in 2018.

Best Farm Truck was the Ford LTL 9000 of Brian Wil­lis.

Garry Plant re­ceives his Wall of Fame in­duc­tion plaque from Evan Whit­bourne.

John Carmichael bought his re­stored B-61 Mack from Ivanhoe.

Pur­tills Petroleum made up part of the trade con­tin­gent.

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