The start of winter means one thing in the deep south – truck show time!
With music in the streets and the smell of diesel in the air, the small town of Gore comes alive at the start of winter every year, enticing visitors from near and far. Truck show organiser Rhonda Wilson advertised the show extensively, including on social media, but holding a show while gypsy week is in full swing is an uphill battle, and that may have been reflected in a slightly reduced attendance.
Trucks started arriving early at the Transport Repairs yard and continued to do so until mid-morning, which kept the judges busy. With the temperature still registering - 1C at 11am, the foot traffic was on the light side. Companies like Road Transport Logistics Ltd (Beckers Transport, Buchanan Transport, Clinton Waipahi Holdings, Tuapeka Transport, and West Otago Transport), McLellan Freight, and Caldwell Contracting were among those who made a big effort to get along and support the show.
Before making their way to Traffers Tavern for the prizegiving the trucks paraded through the main street, mixing with the Gold Guitar Awards performers who were entertaining the public.
RESULTS McDonough Contracting Gore Truck Show 2018
|King Rig:||UD MK11||Peter Kingford
Gore Freight Services
|Best DAF||Bryon Barbour||Gore Freight Services|
|Best Frightliner||Hamish Sutherland||Ryal Bush transport|
|Best Fuso/Mitzi||Jennifer Hewitt||Ritchies Coachlines|
|Best Hino||Gary Bassett||McDonough
|Best Isuzu||Steve Anderson||RTL Tuapeka
|Best Kenworth||Isaiah McLellan||McLellan Freight|
|Best Mack||Robert Gault||Gore Freight Services|
|Best Mercedes||Dylan Jenner||Ryal Bush Transport|
|Best Scania||Russell Nelson||Fonterra|
|Best UD/Nissan||Blair Chambers||Eden Haulage|
|Best Volvo||Dale Oliver||Fonterra|
|Best Other Breeds||Tim Harris||Northern Southland
|Best Fleet||Eden Haulage|
|Best Refurb/Vintage||Alex McLellan||McLellan Freight
|Peoples||Neil Peters||Andrews Transport
This is only make and major categories list. For a full list see the Gore Truck Show website.
Photo: King Rig this year went to a middleweight, but a stunning truck nonetheless, this UD MK11 of Gore Freight Services driven by Peter Kingsford.
Photo: The big and the small trucks of Eden Haulage
Photo: The striking blue of Dynes Transport is still a standout.
Photo: A new RTL 530 Isuzu was looking sharp at the show.
Photo: The McLellan Freight team had these three trucks looking sharp.
Photo: Caldwell Contracting’s UDs.
Photos: Trucks have come a long way. A line up of varied makes, models, ages.
Andrew and Ryan Pullar drove down from Ashburton.