Geelong Camp Quality Convoy a huge success

By: Greg Bush, Photography by: Greg Bush

IMGP0821 Nickel Trading driver Ramsey James Whelan was busy cleaning the windscreen of his mates' trucks. IMGP0821
IMGP0848 Dave Larsen's W model Kenworth. IMGP0848
IMGP0869 Dave Larsen's 86 W model looked just as impressive from the rear. IMGP0869
IMGP0853 A Wettenhalls' Kenworth ready to take off at Avalon Airport. IMGP0853
IMGP0863 An Andway Argosy, driven by Steven Bolton, awaits at Avalon Airport. IMGP0863
IMGP0896 The convoy on its way down the Princes Highway. IMGP0896
IMGP0916 The NGH Express Peterbilt made a grand appearance at the Geelong Showgrounds. IMGP0916
IMGP0959 A bonanza under the bonnet of NGH Express' Peterbilt. IMGP0959
IMGP0940 Graham Brown & Daughter's Kenworth came down from Moss Vale. IMGP0940
IMGP0942 Booths Transport had one of its Kenworths at Geelong. IMGP0942
IMGP0952 Geelong Flyer Transport's Iveco Stralis. IMGP0952
IMGP0967 "Sharp dressed brothers in arms". IMGP0967
IMGP0981 A Klos Bros Trucking Kenworth at the Geelong Showgrounds. IMGP0981
IMGP0997 Lee Emberton, Camp Quality state manager for Tasmania and Victoria with Camp Quality fundraising coordinator Jo McKeown IMGP0997
IMGP1002 Mack The Transporter was there for the kids. IMGP1002
IMGP1005 Ross Transport's Mack 'Devil Dog' Super-Liner was one of the last to enter the showgrounds. IMGP1005
IMGP1006 Stuchbery Bros Heavy Towing Kenworth. IMGP1006

Geelong Camp Quality Convoy’s truck numbers jumped significantly for its 2016 event


Last year, the inaugural Geelong Camp Quality Convoy, attracted 197 entrants. This year’s event, held on February 14, blew that figure away with 372 trucks registered to take part.

Lee Emberton, state manager for Camp Quality Tasmania and Victoria, was thrilled with the result. It also reaffirmed the decision to base the convoy in Geelong.

As with last year’s event, the trucks arrived early at Avalon Airport in preparation for the 36km trip to Geelong Showgrounds.

Normally a 30 minute drive, the larger number of trucks meant that the tail end of the convoy arrived at its destination around two hours after the lead truck. Also, in a repeat of last year, Riordan Grain Services outbid the opposition to again take the lead truck position.

Riordan’s transport manager Joe Strawford, driving a Kenworth T409 SAR, thanked supporters, including industry sponsors and suppliers for donating much needed funds for Camp Quality.

Riordan’s had 17 trucks in the convoy, all Kenworths. Brian Buttigieg, also from Riordan’s, had his son Blair alongside him in a T609.

Riordan’s subcontractor Nickel Trading had three trucks in the fleet, including a T909 driven by Ramsey James Whelan.

Ramsey, however, was just as keen as cleaning the windscreens of his fellow drivers’ trucks, and those of a few other mates nearby, including Muscles Grey from Tocumwal.

Among the highlights of the convoy was the appearance of the NGH Express Peterbilt, and Dave Larsen’s W model Kenworth.

Ross Transport’s well-travelled Mack ‘Devil Dog’ Super-Liner was another eye-catcher.

Lee Emberton is hoping for a smoother run from Avalon Airport to the Geelong Showgrounds next year, with more green traffic lights.

"We saw some breakups in the pack with the traffic lights, so we’re going to petition really hard and we’ll ask to make sure we get green lights and try to keep ourselves as a tight knit group," Lee says.

For more on the 2016 Geelong Camp Quality Convoy, see Owner//Driver’s March edition.


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