A successful truck show relies on many things and after 25 years the Mitre 10 Mega Ride in a Truck Day runs like a well-oiled machine thanks to the countless hours of dedication from the organisers, volunteers, participants and sponsors.
With the Napier and Hastings convoys meeting at the Turners and Growers yard in Whakatu, the 185 trucks (105 from Napier and 80 from Hastings) parked up for either the show’n‘shine or the truck rides. The 113 volunteers all had their roles to play throughout the day and kept the event running like clockwork.
The Hawke’s Bay really turned on a cracker day which in turn encouraged some 3,000-odd people to attend the event and check out the trucks, including Eden Haulage, who travelled all the way from Invercargill to participate.
Buckeridge Transport from Dannevirke, who are celebrating 40 years this year, took out the Best Fleet award. Best Classic went to Bob Ellis with his R190 International logger, and Best Bling went to the B & D Tautari Transport Scania. Pan Pac contractor Matt Barraclough was the ultimate winner on the day, taking out Best Kenworth, People’s Choice and the Supreme Best of Show awards with his stunning K200 Kenworth logger. Matt, who had never won this show, has always kept his truck to a high standard and was a deserving winner.
At the time of print the final tally raised was unconfirmed, although estimates were in excess of $20,000. Beneficiaries will be ‘Little Elms’ and ‘Bellyful’. An amazing effort and something to be very proud of.
The B & D Tautari Transport Scania took out the Best Bling trophy.
Best Freightliner went to the Austin Transport Coronado.
Bob Ellis took out Best Classic with his R190 International.
Burling Transport's Kenworth T904.