Despite heavy rain overnight and early on the day of the Wellington Truck and Transport Show on 23 February, by mid-morning the sun was out and so were the truck enthusiasts.
Photo: Blue sky, zero blues, and the ever faithful support of Wellington’s light blue, Quality Demolition!
About 7000 people attended this year’s Wellington Truck and Transport Show, along with close to 200 trucks – 175 of which had preregistered. Organiser Greg Fouhy from Silverstream Lions Club said the layout was changed this year so the trucks were parked closer to a central area. “This seemed to work very well and feedback has been very positive. The day was amazing and was the biggest and the best we have had. At this stage we’ve raised about $13,000 for The Life Flight Trust, which equates to saving five people’s lives.” The first show was organised in 2008 by Richie Hoblyn, with the Silverstream Lions later taking over the organising and running of the show. Only one show has been cancelled in the years since then, due to a cyclone forecast – which frustratingly didn’t eventuate. This year was the ninth show, and proceeds from eight of them have gone to The Life Flight Trust. “The show had been run every year until recently when we changed to every two years due to the time commitment required to organise such a big event,” says Fouhy. “Despite the very heavy rain overnight the turnout was amazing. We had a slow start in the morning due to the weather, but it cleared up nicely and we estimate about 7000 people attended.”
Photo: How cool are loaded, complete units at truck shows? Very! A Bryce O’Sullivan T model Kenworth with a Draper 627B scraper.
Fouhy says Quality Demolition has been the primary sponsor for the past few years and without their help it would be difficult to put on the show. This year UDC Finance joined the Lions in a partnership and paid for Gooserooter from Geraldine to be at the show. “UDC supplied us with a lot of giveaways for the day for the truckies and they’re keen to partner with us again for the next show.” Other sponsors to supply prizes, equipment and more were TR Group, Flair Flooring Xtra, Hire-Up, Heavy Vehicle Alignment Ltd, Tait Communications, First Commercials, Truck Stops, Upper Hutt City Council, LTNZ, Trucks and Trailers, Multispares, Money for Old Rope (band), Dzine signs, Scania, Spik n Span Toilets, and the Wellington Rifles Military display. “Many thanks to Todd, my right-hand man, for his massive input. There was some fantastic work done by the committee and Silverstream Lions Club. It was an awesome day and many, many thanks to everyone for turning up and making the day a huge success. For the next show in two years’ time we will be making it bigger and better.”
Photo: Rod Worsnop’s faultless Kenworth T909 he runs under the Paws Trucking banner to Chem Couriers, took out best owner-operator.
Photo: Wellington Pipelines with a fleet that has the US, Europe, and Japan covered.
Photo: JB Hughes Scania R620XT, looking staunch and again in full combination.
Photo: Attending to last minute details
Photo: KAM Transport drove out with the best fleet award
Photo: Wellington trucking and the name Anderson go together about as tightly as pipi and fritter. Yet again they proudly fly both company and industry flags
Cox Heavy Haulage
Best Show Truck
Best Light Commercial
L G Anderson
P D Henderson
(a whopping 4.8m kilometres)
Hammond’s Crane and Cartage
2019 Scania P450-XT
2016 Freightliner Argosy
Best Company Owned
2017 Kenworth T409
Hawke’s Bay Heavy Haulage
2019 Kenworth T909
Coastal Digger Services Ltd
2019 DAF CF