Castle­maine con­voy

rounded out a big year in truck events for 2017, and the el­bow grease came out for the sparkling dis­plays of eye-catch­ing gear.

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Truck show rounds out big year in events

This year’s Adtrans-spon­sored Ro­tary Castle­maine Truck Show saw a big in­crease in the num­ber of trucks on dis­play, with 200 on site de­spite Victoria’s un­pre­dictable weather.

The 2017 event was held on the last week­end in Novem­ber at Camp­bell’s Creek Re­cre­ation Re­serve, with trucks rolling up as early as Fri­day night and the num­bers in­creas­ing markedly on Satur­day. Sun­day, how­ever, was the big day with a con­voy rolling through Castle­maine, the town’s streets lined with wav­ing crowds. The auc­tion was held dur­ing the af­ter­noon, and then un­der sunny skies the win­ners were an­nounced and tro­phies pre­sented.

On Sun­day, the Rig of the Show award went to Paul Richards and his Ken­worth W925 SAR, while Lind­say Binder drove Kenny Easter’s stun­ning Volvo FH16, which won the Best Cus­tom tro­phy. Satur­day’s Rig of the Day went to Corn­will Trans­port’s Ken­worth T408, and Gat­tuso Trans­port won a cou­ple of awards, in­clud­ing Best Fleet.

As usual, the Ken­worth brand dom­i­nated the show, most of which were stand­outs. Gra­ham Arthur­ton, who has been with JJ Leech of

Castle­maine for around 17 years, drove one of the com­pany’s near-new Ken­worth K200s down from Bendigo.

Over the years, Gra­ham says he’s driven Transtars, Freight­lin­ers, West­ern Stars and, prior to the K200, a Ken­worth K104.

“It’s a great truck, beau­ti­ful and com­fort­able,” Gra­ham en­thuses. “I drove old cab-overs, K123, and they have come a long way.”

Jye Sav­age rolled up in a Ken­worth T950, which be­longs to Lin­coln Truck­ing at Wal­lan.

The T950 was had a tip­per on for the show, Jye ex­plain­ing that the Ken­worth is fit­ted with an in­ter­change­able body.

He says with the truck be­ing a mud carter, he had his work cut out clean­ing it up for the Castle­maine show. “It takes a lot of time but it is a clas­sic truck,” he smiles.

In a pre­vi­ous life, the Ken­worth was a Tas­ma­nian log truck and still main­tains the orig­i­nal paint scheme. It also has a C15 Cat un­der the bon­net.

“She is not your av­er­age Cat,” Jye says. “It’s done 1.3 mil­lion kilo­me­tres and is still an un­real truck to drive.”

SARS ON SHOW

An­other Ken­worth still in the colours of its pre­vi­ous owner was Scott and Tracey Martin’s SAR. The cou­ple live in the small NSW town of

The Rock, just down the road from Wagga Wagga, where Scott works as an auto elec­tri­cian.

Neville Storey of N & J Storey Trans­port and Stor­age, Ul­ladulla, was the Ken­worth’s pre­vi­ous owner, although Scott says it’s had a few homes be­fore that.

The SAR has an 8V92 Detroit up front, 13-speed gear­box, tor­sion-bar sus­pen­sion, 10 studs on the steer and spi­ders on the drive.

“It’s just like it was when it came out of the fac­tory,” Scott smiles. “It’s great and we love it.”

Mick El­dred was an­other to roll up in an SAR, a near-new cus­tomised T409. Mick drove up from Gee­long where he trades as Mick­trans, pulling a bi­tu­men tanker.

The SAR is fit­ted with Ken­worth’s 50-inch sleeper and six fuel tanks, in ad­di­tion to a Maloney steer quar­ter guard with the bat­tery boxes mounted in the chas­sis. The fuel tanks are wrapped and the rims are chromed, so all Mick has to pol­ish is the bumper.

The colour is sim­i­lar to that of a new Toy­ota HiLux. “We just played around with the colours and then Justin Klos did the scroll and sign­writ­ing on it,” Mick says.

Although the bon­neted Ken­worths out­num­bered the cab-overs, Waldie Trans­port driver Laura An­nett was mak­ing sure her rig was look­ing its best, es­pe­cially as Castle­maine was her first truck show.

Pre­vi­ously be­hind the wheel of a truck and dog, Laura now pulls a fridge van with the Ken­worth, mainly cart­ing fresh eggs. “Waldie’s are great to work for,” Laura says. “I’m their first fe­male truck driver and they look after me.”

A for­mer lo­cal, By­ron Guzzardi lives over the bor­der at Corowa, but that didn’t stop him from at­tend­ing the show. Now driv­ing a Ken­worth

T909 for Atkins of Ruther­glen, the event was an op­por­tu­nity for him to catch up with fam­ily and friends, as well as show off the truck.

By­ron is kept busy run­ning gen­eral up and down the east coast pulling taut­lin­ers and has been be­hind the wheel for 15 years.

BHC Heavy Haulage also had a T909 at Castle­maine, with Ben Grose bring­ing it down from Bendigo.

“We had a bit of time up our sleeves so we gave it a bit of a tidy up and of course it rained on the way down from Bendigo,” Ben says. “How­ever, it was a great op­por­tu­nity to give it a good clean.”

David McCluskey’s T650 Ken­worth had trav­elled a few more kilo­me­tres over its life­time than most of the other rigs at the show. How­ever, de­spite be­ing 18 years old, the T650 looked like it had just come from the show­room floor.

David is part of a fam­ily busi­ness started by his fa­ther Kevin, who still drives to­day.

There are four trucks in the Kyabram-based fleet. As well as the T650, there’s a Ford LTL, a Ken­worth T600 and a T409 SAR.

“We came along to­day to have a week­end away to­gether and look at some great trucks and catch up with friends,” says David, who also brought along his wife Michelle and daugh­ter Brooke along­side the T650. “Brooke was one when we bought the T650 and now she is up above the bull­bar.”

PETERBILT PAS­SION

Un­like Ken­worth, Peterbilt is not part of Pac­car’s Aus­tralian sta­ble, although there are al­ways a few at truck shows such as Castle­maine. Foure Mile Truck­ing, based at nearby New­stead, had a nice blue Peterbilt on show. Hay­ley Leech, daugh­ter of com­pany owner Mal­colm Leech, was happy to show off the fam­ily’s com­pany, wear­ing one of its sig­na­ture tops.

“I ab­so­lutely love trucks, I adore them,” Hay­ley en­thuses. “At the mo­ment I’m still in school study­ing au­to­mo­tive and am about to un­der­take a diesel me­chanic ap­pren­tice­ship and later will get my li­cence. We pretty much come ev­ery year and this is the pride and joy.”

Not to be out­done, James Thames brought along

three Peter­bilts, with a lit­tle help from driv­ers

Jason Dav­i­son and Jason ‘Ju­nior’ Foo. James bought the Peter­bilts through Truck­works in Ade­laide, and says they’re the ul­ti­mate driv­ers’ truck.

“They are lighter and so well built and I want to be dif­fer­ent from ev­ery­one else,” James says. “They are bet­ter than a Ken­worth even.”

Jason David­son only picked his Pete up on the Mon­day be­fore the Castle­maine show. Af­ter­wards it was on its way to work pulling a ce­ment tanker.

“It doesn’t get much bet­ter to come up and show them off,” Jason says. “It’s a great week­end.”

Jason Foo was in his Peterbilt a month be­fore the show, and he was keen to drive one.

“If it wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen in Aus­tralia, I was go­ing to Amer­ica. But this is great; James is a great boss with un­be­liev­able gear,” Jason says. “It’s a dream come true.”

PROD­UCT PLACE­MENT

Truck events such as Castle­maine are also an op­por­tu­nity for equip­ment and an­cil­lary sup­pli­ers to pro­mote their wares, as was the case with Mad­di­son Lawrence, who was at the show to sup­port her Flex­iShield Vic­to­rian dis­trib­u­tors, Veron­ica and Adrian Say­ers.

“Flex­ishield is a plas­tic film, a paint pro­tec­tion film that is a cross be­tween a win­dow tint and a vinyl wrap,” Mad­di­son ex­plains. “It’s de­signed to stop stone chips and scratches. It is clear, ex­cep­tion­ally clear, and ac­tu­ally makes your paint look a lot shinier.”

For Mad­di­son, KS Easter’s FH16 Volvo was the ideal ex­am­ple to show off the Flex­iShield prod­uct. “We are at­tract­ing a lot of more at­ten­tion now that peo­ple are trust­ing the prod­uct,” she says. “This is one of the best truck shows in Aus­tralia so it is the place to be.”

1. Gra­ham Arthur­ton drove a near-new Ken­worth K200 for J J Leech of Castle­maine 2. James Thames (centre) and his driv­ers Jason Dav­i­son (left) and Jason Foo brought a trio of Peter­bilts to the show

3. Gabby Hunt (left), Mad­di­son Lawrence (centre) and Veron­ica Say­ers pro­moted the Flex­iShield prod­uct

4. Jye Sav­age drove a Ken­worth T950 on be­half of Wal­lan-based Lin­coln Truck­ing 3

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5. Scott and Tracey Martin drove an ex-N & J Storey Trans­port Ken­worth SAR 6. Hay­ley Leech rep­re­sented Foure Mile Truck­ing, which her fa­ther Mal­colm Leech op­er­ates

7. Mick El­dred showed off his cus­tomised Ken­worth T409 SAR

8. Fer­gus McDougall with a Na­tional Aus­tralian Pipe­lines Mack 8

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9. Laura An­nett made sure the Waldie Trans­port Ken­worth was spot­less

10. By­ron Guzzardi drove a Ken­worth T909 to Castle­maine for Atkins of Ruther­glen

11. Darren Cham­ber­lin (left) and Jake Howard rolled up in a Sha­lyn’s Trans­port 2016

12. Ben Grose brought BHC Heavy Haulage’s Ken­worth T909 along for the week­end 11

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13. David McCluskey with his wife Michelle, daugh­ter Brooke and the McCluskey fam­ily’s Ken­worth T650

14. Cal Gre­gory and Sa­van­nah Methuen with a Daw­son’s Haulage Ken­worth T909

15. Paul Richards’ Ken­worth W925 SAR (left) was voted Rig Of The Show on Sun­day 16. K S Easter’s well-trav­elled Volvo FH16 takes part in the Sun­day con­voy. The Volvo was voted Best Cus­tom Truck at the show 16

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