THE Tasmanian Truck Show was held on Sunday February 5 at its new venue Quercus Rural Youth Park, Carrick, about 15 mins drive from Launceston.
Organised by the Lions Club of Deloraine the show has been held annually since 2003 at Deloraine.
"Unfortunately after the cancellation of the 2011 show at Deloraine due to unforseen flooding of the showgrounds we (the show committee) didn't want to take the risk of a repeat flood so we made the decision to move to the new venue at Carrick," Lions Club spokesman Bryan Watson said.
The move paid off and about 100 of Tasmania's finest in attendance, along with record crowds through the gates who were kept entertained by live music, static displays and the return of the backing up competition.
After some stiff competition, the backing competition was won by Andrew Treloar with a time of one minute 47 seconds with no penalties.
The North West Auto Modellers Association also put on a large model truck display with over 150 trucks and trailers. This competition was judged by public vote - the winner was Warwick Poynton with a tri-axle Peterbilt wrecker.
Local businesses and dealers lined the rows showcasing the latest products in the industry along with about 20 new vehicles on show.
Classic Macks were out in force, Becketts bringing seven from their ever-growing collection including the first Superliner built in Australia in 1978 for Cleary Bros and powered by a mighty 3408 Cat V8 engine.
Denzil Mead's immaculately restored 1963 b61
took out best log truck and Les Walkden's 1978 FR series picked up the prize for best Mack.
Highland Haulage took out the gong for best fleet. With their immaculately presented rigs also taking home best Western Star and best prime mover honours. Treloar Transport's impressive International line-up picked up best international and best miscellaneous.
Also showcased was the last International truck built in Australia - a 9900i Eagle, the last of more than 195,000 to roll off the Dandenong assembly line.
Peterbilts took top honours with Hobart truck spares 2008 379 wrecker taking home judges' choice for truck of the show and peoples choice for truck of the show going to Craig Green's 2005 379.
Storm clouds threatened during the afternoon but held off until the last of the presentations, rounding up another successful show.
For results from the Tasmanian Truck Show follow the link: img/media/pdf/2012 _Trophy_Winners.pdf
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