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

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‘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.


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


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