This year’s Yesteryear Truck and Ma­chin­ery Show at Wauchope is promis­ing to be the best yet

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WAUCHOPE, ON THE NEW SOUTH WALES mid-north coast and just a stone’s throw from the tourist town of Port Mac­quarie, is well known for its log­ging in­dus­try and the colo­nial era theme park of Tim­ber­town.

How­ever, it’s also the home for the Yesteryear Truck and Ma­chin­ery Show which has grown in leaps and bounds in re­cent years.

Co-or­gan­iser Kirby Maxwell ex­pects the truck num­bers to swell fur­ther when the 2018 show is held over the two days of July 14 and 15.

“Two years ago we had 150 trucks and last year 172 trucks,” Kirby says.

With his well-trav­elled 1970 Oshkosh, Kirby at­tended the re­cent Rock­lea Her­itage Truck Show in Bris­bane where he says the word about Wauchope was spread­ing.

“A lot of them are go­ing to come down too, so we might be look­ing around 200 trucks in July,” he says.

The Wauchope Yesteryear Truck and Ma­chin­ery Show was orig­i­nally held at Tim­ber­town, but were forced to move due to cir­cum­stances be­yond the Wauchope Yesteryear Truck and Ma­chin­ery Club com­mit­tee’s con­trol.

The event found its cur­rent home at the Wauchope Show­grounds a few years back and it’s a move that proved to be a win­ner.

“We’ve got old trucks, ma­chin­ery, we’ll have about 30-odd doz­ers go­ing from 50 and 60 years old, old en­gines, vin­tage cars and mo­tor­bikes, and this year we’ve in­vited hot rods.”

Newer work­ing trucks are also in­vited to at­tend, al­though one prime mover that will be ab­sent this year is Kirby’s Ster­ling, al­though the Oskhosh is a cer­tain starter.

“I’ve ac­tu­ally re­tired,” he says. “I sold my Ster­ling. I drove it down to Fairy Meadow at Port Kem­bla. Al­lan Do­herty of Do­herty Trans­port bought it off me. He’d been af­ter it for two odd years and I wouldn’t sell it to him. In the finish I cracked.

“So I came home and re­tired as of the 1st of Fe­bru­ary. I’ve been to every bloody truck show every fort­night since,” Kirby laughs.

“I drive the Oshkosh ev­ery­where. It’s as rough as … a bone­shaker.

“You wouldn’t be­lieve how many peo­ple say what a good look­ing truck it is, and it’s the ugli­est truck on the road. But the peo­ple like the colour of it, es­pe­cially women.”

Monies raised from this year’s Yesteryear Truck and Ma­chin­ery will go to var­i­ous local char­i­ties, in­clud­ing the West­pac Res­cue He­li­copter Ser­vice, the Pal­lia­tive Care Unit at the Wauchope Hospi­tal, and the Rid­ing for the Dis­abled As­so­ci­a­tion.

Gates open at 9am on both Satur­day, July 14 and Sun­day, July 15, and there’s free camp­ing for ex­hibitors who are also in­vited to the Satur­day night din­ner where an un­re­served auc­tion will be held.

– Greg Bush

“It’s the ugli­est truck on the road.”

Above: Kirby Maxwell’s Ster­ling will be a no­table ab­sen­tee at this year’s Yesteryear Truck and Ma­chin­ery at Wauchope

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