Booming convoy a fantastic success
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.
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.