Sheer number of trucks delays judging
Originally published by Deniliquin Pastoral Times, September 11 2018
Cobram’s Neville Campbell estimates he has attended more than 80 shows with his prized 1956 Ford F-500.
For the last three years that has included the Deniliquin Truck Show & Industry Expo.
Mr Campbell restored the former farm truck about eight years ago, and it was one of about 75 trucks exhibited at the Truck Show on Saturday for a coveted show ‘n’ shine award.
Truck Show president Evan Whitbourne said the number of entries exceeded previous years by at least 10 trucks.
‘‘We had a few more local fleets take part in the show this year, and we also had some new names (regional transport operators) take part.
‘‘The number through the gate has not been finalised yet but, roughly, I would estimate we had at least 900 through including stallholders and the general public.
‘‘The weather was very kind to us so there seemed to be more people in the crowd.
‘‘It was great to see people who are not directly connected to the industry come along and have a look too.
‘‘Overall it was a terrific success.’’
Mr Whitbourne said generating some interest for Saturday’s truck show was the steady stream of trucks making their way through Deniliquin to Memorial Park in time to be judged.
There were more than organisers expected to turn up for the event, and as a consequence judging took longer than anticipated.
But there were plenty of other attractions to keep patrons happy, including trade sites, information stands, plus balloon sculptures and a giant blow-up slide for the young ones.
Saturday’s truck show was only one part of a massive transport industry themed weekend.
On Friday night, three more stalwarts of the industry were inducted to the Deniliquin & District Transport Industry Wall of Fame — Garry Plant, Keith Purtill and Laurence ‘Curly’ Martin.
On Sunday, tribute was paid to those in the industry who have passed at a special memorial service at the Davidson St rest stop.