Newcastles big truck day out

By: Jason Whittaker

There was a buzz in the air in Newcastle on Sunday, November 2, and it wasn’t from one of the

There was a buzz in the air in Newcastle on Sunday, November 2, and it wasn’t from one of the local Westpac choppers. The day belonged to trucks and lots of them for the annual Newcastle and Hunter Region Road Safety Awareness Day.

The morning kicked off with the truck parade, numbering 180 trucks from local, regional and even interstate. Starting at the Newcastle markets in Sandgate at 9.30am, the convoy travelled along the Pacific Highway, down Hunter Street before reaching its destination of Foreshore Park.

Hundreds of spectators applauded the arrival of the gleaming prime movers as they lined up for inspection. The judges had a difficult time as it was evident many drivers had spent days cleaning, polishing and buffing their rigs for the presentation.

When 2HD radio personality Carter Edwards announced the winners shortly after 3pm, Betts Transport’s Kenworth T904 emerged as the Best Presented Overall Prime Mover, driven by Chris Betts. The Hanlon Transport crew were equally delighted, taking out the Best Fleet award.

Other winners included Trade & General’s Hino FD driven by Lindsay Hall (Best Presented Rigid), Compas Transport’s Kenworth K108 (Best Presented Prime Mover), and Donaldson Haulage’s Mack Vision driven by Col Gleeson (Best Presented 1-5 years old.

AJM Transport picked up two awards, the Best Interstate over 10 years with their Kenworth T601 driven by Will Riley, and the Best Presented up to 1 year with its Kenworth T608, driven by Dave Hedges.

Tom Lawler Transport from Maitland also picked up a quinella, winning the Best Presented Prime Mover 5-10 years with a Kenworth K100 driven by Neil Lawler, and the Best Presented over 10 years with an ’84 Kenworth K100, driven by Tom Lawler himself.

Apart from the trucks, there were trade displays, children’s activities, music and
crane rides, which were put on by Structural Cranes, Newcastle.

Committee person Tony McGrath, a former chairman, says the day was another great day. Although a final tally of funds was not yet finalised, Tony believes the Newcastle and Hunter Region Road Transport Awareness Day Group (NHRRTAG) had again raised around $100,000, all of which will be donated to the local Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

The NHRRTAG was formed back in 1994 and the annual event has grown each year to the point where it is one of the most successful showpieces of Australian road transport in NSW.

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