Boom­ing con­voy a fan­tas­tic suc­cess

Big Rigs - - ALBURY-WODONGA CONVOY FOR KIDS - David Vile

HELD un­der warm sunny skies on the New South Wales Labour Day week­end, the re-en­er­gised Al­bury-Wodonga Con­voy for Kids was a re­sound­ing suc­cess, with more than 200 trucks tak­ing part and a mas­sive $36,000 be­ing raised for Coun­try Hope.

Af­ter a break of a cou­ple of years, the 2018 event drew trucks from a wide ge­o­graph­i­cal area with a num­ber of lo­cal bor­der-based fleets also tak­ing part.

From the as­sem­bly point at the Bor­der Ex­press de­pot at Bar­nawartha North, the con­voy rolled up the Hume High­way and into Wodonga, be­fore mak­ing its way across the Mur­ray River and through the Al­bury cen­tral busi­ness district be­fore as­sem­bling at the Al­bury Show­grounds.

Daw­son Haulage led the way with their re­cently-de­liv­ered Ken­worth T900, hav­ing se­cured the lead truck po­si­tion with a win­ning bid of $6000 at the lead truck auc­tion prior to the con­voy.

Fol­low­ing in their wheel tracks were trucks rang­ing from a 1936 Dodge Fire Truck through to the lat­est Macks, Volvos, MANs and Ken­worths, with Ron Finemore Trans­port, McGrory’s Trans­port, Churchill’s of Hol­brook, Hume Trans­port and Li­eschke’s of Jin­dera to name a few all con­tribut­ing mul­ti­ple trucks.

On ar­rival at the Al­bury Show­grounds, the three lines of trucks made an im­pos­ing sight as the fam­ily day got un­der way.

Al­bury lo­cal Derek Boyer, the 12-time holder of Aus­tralia’s Strong­est Man, en­ter­tained the crowd by pulling a Bor­der Ex­press Ster­ling prime mover, while the 5000 peo­ple who came through the gate en­joyed the mar­ket stalls, live mu­sic and car and bike show and shine, along with in­spect­ing the im­pres­sive ar­ray of trucks on dis­play.

With the pri­mary aim of the event to raise money to help lo­cal kids in need, the $36,000 gen­er­ated out of this year’s event will be put to good use, as­sist­ing chil­dren in south­ern NSW and north­east­ern Vic­to­ria who are suf­fer­ing from can­cer and other se­ri­ous ill­nesses, along with the pro­vid­ing sup­port pro­grams for pa­tients’ fam­i­lies.

The Truck Show and Shine was keenly con­tested with the job of award­ing prizes not an easy one for the judges, with live­stock hauler Ge­of­fro McKane of Paul O’Sul­li­van Trans­port tak­ing out the top prize with his Ken­worth T900 Leg­end.

Run­ner-up was the Mack Su­per­liner of D&K Walker Trans­port, driven by Jye Sav­age, while third place went to an­other Mack, the 1988 V8 Value-Liner of Duke Trans­port, driven by Paul Ortlipp.

Peo­ple’s Choice Award was taken out by Corey Bell of McGrory’s Trans­port with his Ken­worth T909, while Churchill Trans­port of Hol­brook took out the Best Fleet Award.

Af­ter the suc­cess of this year’s event, the vol­un­teer com­mit­tee is look­ing at tweak­ing the 2019 event to con­tinue the good work done this year, with the event now to be held in mid-Oc­to­ber to get away from the joint-Vic­to­rian and NSW foot­ball fi­nals.

The com­mit­tee is also look­ing at shift­ing the event to a Satur­day and us­ing day­light sav­ings to its ad­van­tage in mak­ing it twi­light event, which will al­low for a fire­works spec­tac­u­lar to round out pro­ceed­ings.

So mark the 2019 cal­en­dar for mid-Oc­to­ber now, and get along to help our kids in need.

PHO­TOS: DAVID VILE

PEO­PLE’S CHOICE: Corey Bell from McGrory’s Trans­port took out the Peo­ple’s Choice Award.

Truck of the Show win­ner Ge­of­fro McKane heads through Al­bury in his Ken­worth T900 Leg­end.

Li­eschke Trans­port driv­ers Paul McLees (right) and Garry Wil­liams (cen­tre) with Garry’s daugh­ter Hannah Wat­son and grand­kids Zoe and Ollie Get­zen­dor­fer ready to roll from Bar­nawartha North.

Ron Finemore Trans­port was well rep­re­sented at the con­voy.

The crowds turned out to cheer the trucks along the route.

Strong­man Derek Boyer pulled a truck.

200 trucks made their way through the twin ci­ties.

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