Trangie Truck Show toughs it out

By: Rod Hannifey, Photography by: Rod Hannifey


IMG 5393 A couple of Metal Transport Industries’ Kenworths made the trip up from the Illawarra IMG 5393
IMG 5384 This ex-Rudd Transport White now calls Narromine home IMG 5384
IMG 5399 As well as its new rig, Inland Petroleum had this well-presented Maple Leaf Chevy on show IMG 5399
IMG 5431 This old White Super Power hitched a ride on the back of a Freighter trailer IMG 5431
IMG 5422 Inland Petroleum, the Trangie Truck Show’s major sponsor, rolled up with its latest Kenworth combo IMG 5422
IMG 5438 Doing it in style, this Western Star is a home away from home IMG 5438
IMG 5427 This hand-made steam engine had the kids enthralled IMG 5427

Days of wet weather didn’t deter locals and visiting truck owners and drivers for making the Trangie Truck and Tractor Show a surprisingly well-attended event in April

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It was with a wet set of clothes as I tried to wash the truck, ready to head out the Trangie Truck and Tractor Show on Saturday, April 9. But the more I washed, the more it rained, so I gave in and thought at least I will still be there.

Setting out from Dubbo, it rained all the way to Trangie and into the first hour of the truck show. But luckily, around 9am, the rain lifted with only a few sprinkles, continuing after the ceremony and awards at the showgrounds around 3pm.

The organisers had said the show would go on and they stood their ground. They were rewarded with a reported 200 vehicles that entered across all categories – trucks, cars, bikes and tractors.

It was well done to all who braved the weather and to all the organisers and crew behind them for what turned out to be a terrific effort.

Dwyer's old Mack Thermodyne was in prime Main Street position

Local shops and community groups had steak sandwiches cooking, and coffee, tea and cakes for sale. The main street was busier than it has been for some years – since the last truck show at least. Naturally a few attendees ended up at the pub.

The showground had a variety foot outlets plus a market. However, while the tractor pull had to be cancelled, the demolition derby gave the hangers-on some fun and excitement, despite the rain returning shortly before the start. They breed them tough in Trangie.

As well as the truck awards, the organisers are working on Trangie’s own Hall of Fame. While they don’t have a building yet, the first six members were inducted, all local and industry stalwarts and long-time transport operators.

These Macks found a nice parking spot on the wrong side of the tracks

Apparently, the reasoning behind the introduction of the Trangie hall is due to the big Alice Springs Hall of Fame being a road too far. Organisers feel that having something close to the centre of New South Wales would be of benefit to the transport industry and could go on to become a regular special trucking event.

Feedback following the Trangie Truck and Tractor Show had the town agreeing that local businesses, residents and, of course, all the truck owners and drivers that it was well organised and worth the visit, despite the wet weather.

Well done to all involved and let us hope the sun shines on the show next year.

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