Kenworth Klassic 2017

By: Peter Schlenk, Video by: Matt Wood

If you’re into the Kenworth brand then Hawkesbury Showground was the place to be in mid-September when the Kenworth Klassic joined forces with the annual Clarendon Classic Rally.


Following last year’s success, the Kenworth Klassic returned to take its place alongside the Clarendon Classic Rally at the Hawkesbury Showground in New South Wales on September 16 and 17.

The Sydney Antique Machinery Club is the brains behind Clarendon Classic Rally, bringing together a huge range of machinery and, of course, Kenworth trucks. In fact, the range and variety of displays appeared endless.

The credit for holding the Kenworth Klassic goes to David Chapman and Bruce Gunter who had an army of helpers.

Both were satisfied with the huge turnout and the knowledge that it turned out to be an enjoyable day for all.

Some of the gear on show had the appearance of being direct from the paddock, while other machinery and trucks looked as good as the day they were manufactured.

As well as the Kenworths, there were water pump displays through to bulldozers, tractors, motorbikes and cars, as well as a historical army display and a wide variety of fire engines.

The trucks ranged from model Ts through to today’s new T610 Kenworths.

The owners of all these vehicles had brought them to show them off and in turn the public showed their appreciation by meeting them, and gaining knowledge of the time, money and effort that they lovingly put into their machines and vehicles.

There were trade stalls where a variety of merchandise could be purchased, T-shirts, old pulleys, paintings  and clothing. There were also food stalls to keep hunger at bay.

For the kids, there were tractor and cart rides, a side show alley with rides.

As Kenworth owners and operators will attest, their trucks are built to last and operate over decades of punishment on Australian roads, including the outback.

The Kenworths displayed at the show came from varying backgrounds; all owners having a tale to tell. And they came from far and wide including a couple of Kenworths from Tassie.

For more on the 2017 Kenworth Klassic and Clarendon Classic Rally, see the November edition of Owner//Driver.

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