Eli with his father Russel Thomsett took the Working Class Mack for a spin.
Eli with his father Russel Thomsett took the Working Class Mack for a spin. PHOTOS BY NELL

174 trucks thunder through Mackay for Konvoy For Kids

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Eli Thomsett could barely contain his excitement when his parents told him he was going to go for a ride in the Working Class Mack during Konvoy For Kids Mackay.

Eli was in the convoy with his dad, Russel Thomsett, a driver for Sarina Crane Hire.

The truck, which belonged to the boss of Sarina Crane Hire Scott Goode, was the prize in a recent auction run by Mack Trucks Australia to help raise funds for farmers who were doing it tough.

Eli's mum Nell Thomsett said her son had a great time riding in the convoy.

"He was absolutely speechless, he was so excited," she said.

Mrs Thomsett, a photographer, captured hundreds of images of the day, which she's shared with Big Rigs.

"It was really impressive," she said of the convoy.

"There was about 174 trucks and it was just 12 minutes of prime movers, it was just beautiful to see.

"It was quite emotional to see all of them there together."

Konvoy For Kids attracted hundreds of families who lined the streets waiting to watch the trucks drive by.

All money raised will go to the Variety Foundation, helping kids in need.

Organiser Madonna Stevens said she was thrilled with this year's turn out.

"It's all for charity and it's a cause really close to my heart," she said.

"I think the event is getting bigger and better every year and I'd like to thank everyone for all of their support."

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