Classic with a ‘k’: Kenworth Klassic truck rally
The Kenworth Klassic has grown from an offshoot of the annual Clarendon Classic Machinery Rally to a well-attended event in its own right. Warren Aitken reports from the increasingly popular show
‘If you build it they will come’ may be a cheesy movie quote, but Dave ‘Chappo’ Chapman feels it’s a pretty fitting way to explain the origins of the increasingly popular Kenworth Klassic.
The big difference between Kevin Costner’s home-build baseball field, which incidentally has no planning permits, and the Kenworth Klassic is that I was happy to be watching some of Australia’s best Kenworths for three days straight. Can’t say the same for the Kevin Costner film.
You wander around the Clarendon showgrounds and it’s a huge mix of shine, stainless and stories, and that’s exactly what the boys behind the event had in mind when they first concocted the concept.
Now officially in its fifth year, the Kenworth Klassic may be the brainchild of a group of four children in adults clothing – Mick McCormack, David Chapman, John Turner and Bruce Gunter – but it’s a success because of hundreds of supporters, dedicated sponsors and die-hard Kenworth fanatics.
Having received a lot of planning and organising experience from their involvement in the ‘Haulin the Hume’ project helped light a fire for the vintage and classic truck scene in Australia.
The boys approached the Sydney Antique Machinery Club who run the Clarendon Classic
Machinery Rally show about putting on the Kenworth Klassic show alongside their yearly event.
Half a decade on and now the Kenworth Klassic just keeps growing and growing.
JUST FOR SHOW
This year they had 327 registered Kenworths, up from last year’s 267.
What makes the Kenworth Klassic different from other shows, aside from the fact it is entirely Kenworths, is that the organisers have remained steadfast in their decision to keep the whole thing judging free.
“We just want the guys to come along; they should just be proud of what they’re driving,” Bruce remarks.
The system works too. There is an atmosphere of mateship that thrives throughout the grounds.
As I wander around snapping a few photos, enjoying trucks with all the modern bells and
There is an atmosphere of mateship that thrives throughout the grounds.
whistles as well as many that have absolutely no bells and whistles, everyone is up for a chat and a laugh.
The Sunday does see a couple of awards handed out though. Like a true-blue Aussie, Bruce can’t pass up the opportunity to pull the piss out of a couple of those that turn up.
Kel and Blake Lawrence of Lawrence Transport are this year’s main targets as they’ve spent the past 12 months joking with Bruce about the lack of trophies. So Bruce happily produced a 6-foot ‘Polish My Pipes’ award.
Bruce is also quick to thank major sponsors Gilbert & Roach Huntingwood, Kenworth
They should just be proud of what they’re driving.
Not as easy photo to capture. Fitting so many stunning 900 Legends in one pic was a challenge but well worth it
The Lawrence Transport fleet put on an amazing night show
1. The Kerden team brought an impressive fleet to this year’s Kenworth Klassic2. Twin brothers Donny and Neil MacLean with a couple of their toys. Donny with his 1979 K123 and Neil with his 1972 S2 Kenworth3. K.S Easters turned up with three of its stunning KWs. From left are drivers Junior, Dan and Travis4. Luke Duggan and his partner Nicole Collins rolled in in this stunning Wyee Transport T909 8