Events, Truck Shows

Truck parade steals the show at Alexandra


The 27th edition of the Alexandra Truck Ute & Rod Show kicked off at 4:30am on Sunday, June 9, as stallholders and vehicles were expertly guided into place by a hardy bunch of volunteers and professionals.

Shopkeepers and cafés threw open their doors early too, prepped and ready to service the 18,000 attendees making their way through the town with coffee and food galore.

“We don’t allow food trucks, so local community groups run the food stalls,” organiser Andrew Embling says.

“Economy wise, for our little town, it’s fantastic what it does. It helps those little shops for the next six to eight weeks for the quiet times over winter.”

The centre of town was a melting pot of transport fanatics, with hundreds of trucks and vehicles coming to show off.

“We registered about 320 trucks, 45 utes and 15 rods,” Andrew says.

“There were trucks coming in after registrations. We stopped registrations at around 8.30am in the morning.”

The crowd was already bustling by 10:30. (Image: Prime Creative Media)

Attendees were shoulder to shoulder moving through Grant St, the trucks down the middle serving as a guiding light.

There was something for everyone on the truck side from classic Kenworth’s and Mack’s to slick looking Volvo’s and old Internationals.

“There were some pretty schmick trucks here,” Andrew says.

It wasn’t hard to feel overwhelmed, with even the tallest of men seeming small amongst some of the beasts entered.

“People have come from everywhere. There were people there from South Australia – Riverina, New South Wales area,” he says.

“A lot of people out of Gippsland.

“I reckon we had more people out of Melbourne than we normally do.”

One of the Kennys that caught our eye. (Image: Prime Creative Media)

Music and laughter boomed around the town, with the main stage hosting live music from Melbourne musician Brooke Taylor and her band The Poison Spitting Gin Queens, offering folk, blues and country style songs from her growing list of albums.

Multi-award-winning country musician Paul Costa took to the stage as well, his renditions of old classics and his own catalogue bringing people onto their feet.

Plenty of entertainment was on display. (Image: Prime Creative Media)

The tunes were only interrupted for the charity auction, selling off chopping boards, Kenworth memorabilia and more.

“The auction raised around $19.5k,” Andrew says.

“This year we are supporting our scouting group going to the Jamboree in Maryborough. We’ve guaranteed them at least five thousand, but we hope to be able to give them some more.

“There’s a few other smaller charities that we keep giving to as well – some of that will go back into the mental health program we’ve got going too.”

Families and kids were well looked after throughout the day, with a kid’s corner of showbags, rides and show games proving to keep even the most unsettled children entertained.

Axe men and women toughed it out for prizes of up to $500 in what’s usually the last competition of the woodchop season.

The crowd continued growing, with hundreds making their way over to Rotary Park to see the best in action.

Flames make everything cooler. (Image: Prime Creative Media)

Anticipation was high as the day drew closer to the end, with transport and enthusiast judges eyeing up each rig throughout the day.

As was expected, competition was fierce this time around, with every entry vying to take home one of the coveted trophies.

Damien Reed and his stunning 2022 Kenworth T909 ultimately claimed the top spot, taking home Truck of the Show.

In close second saw Andrew James from Jamesys Transport and his 2023 Mack Superliner, also pinching the Under 12 months spot.

SRV Road Freight claimed Best Fleet with its display of immaculate Kenworth’s while Dylan Slater took home Best Kenworth for his 1995 Kenworth T600.

It was a rough battle for Best Mack, with Cameron Calleja ultimately coming out on top with his beautiful 1976 Mack R Model.

Attendees voted Trai Hildebrand from A Plus Towing and his 2023 Scania R620 XT the People’s Choice winner while Raymond Bedggood’s unique Peterbilt took home Best of the Rest.

One of the trucks on parade. (Image: Prime Creative Media)

List of winners:

  • Best Fleet – SRV Road Freight (Aaron Reid)
  • Best Log Truck- Stuart Moloney (Moloney Logging) – 2022 Kenworth T909
  • Best Specialised – Modern Towing & Salvage – 2022 Kenworth 610
  • Best Volvo – Vince Tropeano (SVT Logistics) – 2024 Volvo FH540
  • Best Western Star – Joel Leech (FourMile) – 1994 Western Sstar 4964F Heritage
  • Best Peterbilt – Matt Garcie (Freestones) – 1993 Peterbilt 379
  • Best Mack – Cameron Calleja – 1976 Mack R Model
  • Best Kenworth – Dylan Slater – 1995 Kenworth T600
  • Best of the Rest – Raymond Bedggood – Peterbilt
  • Best Tilt Tray – Blake Berwick-Griggs – 2014 Kenworth T359
  • Best Tray Truck – Ben Williams – 2021 Scania G450
  • Best Tipper – P&E Humphrey Haulage – 2023 Kenworth T909
  • Best Vintage – Aaron Smith – 1996 Kenworth K100G
  • Under 12 Months – Andrew James (Jamesys Transport) – 2023 Mack Superliner
  • Runner Up – Andrew James (Jamesys Transport) – 2023 Mack Superliner
  • People’s Choice – Trai Hildebrand (A Plus Towing) – 2023 Scania R620 XT
  • Truck of the Show – Damien Reed – 2022 Kenworth T909

Perhaps the most entertaining part of the day was gathering around the roads to watch as the trucks rolled back out.

Black soot and horns littered the air as they ushered their way home, making sure to show off one final time.

The crowd packed in to watch the trucks leave. (Image: Prime Creative Media)

Plans are already well underway for the 28th year of the Alexandra show, with whispers that it will be even better and bigger.

Andrew hopes that next year he may finally be able to sneak away and take in the sights.

“I don’t leave the stage – in the 27 years I’ve been here I’ve never even seen the woodchop!” 

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