WHAT A SHOW: A magnificent Mannum day
SOUTH Australia's major ute and truck showcase, the SA Truck and Ute Show, again began with a chilly foggy morning, bursting later into a perfect day for such a crowd drawing event.
Over 8000 patrons made their way to Mannum on June 11 to take part in the annual pilgrimage of diesel, rubber and all things metal.
Lining the streets were 80 state of the art big prime movers, tow trucks and vintage trucks, looking at home all polished up for the occasion.
Organisers said the total value of the trucks on display was estimated about $14.5million.
"There was plenty of competitiveness on the day," committee secretary Irene Lovell said.
"We thank the entrants, sponsors, traders, volunteers and visitors for their contributions to the day."
Local identities in the road transport industry like the folks at Tim Male Transport showed up to be part of the action, showcasing three prime movers on the day.
Not one to miss out, Ian Alexander also polished up his terrific Kenworth for display.
Darrell Eades Transport entered a fleet of four shiny and striking cherry red prime movers, and Bee Jays Haulage from nearby Mt Barker showed off a mix of eight magnificent Kenworths and Mercedes.
The SA Truck and Ute Show's major sponsor, The Truck Factory, took prime position on the day, displaying their whole fleet and engulfing the show in a sea of orange and blue.
The range they displayed included a pair of tow trucks, another older prime mover which had been restored by the team and four utes.
Irene said because of the range, the quality and exciting variety the judges had an extremely hard job picking a solid winner for each category.
Eventually winners were however found for both best in show categories and the novelty sections.
"We also had showcased 50 utes which were polished up magnificently," Irene said.
"Randell St looked a treat showing off our local shops and eating spots to the visitors."
In addition 21 four-wheel drives, were also on display.
A number of which doubled as a residence for revellers who were set up for camping.
Down in Shearer Carpark, punters were able to have their pick of a feast with plenty of food provided by local community clubs.
Country music provided by The City Cowboys, Lee Brocky and the Outback Overdrive added to the atmosphere, entertaining the families visiting Mannum into the night.
Those a little bit too young to have their licence to drive took to the Bowling Club Carpark which was set up as a Kid's Zone, with free face painting, jumpy castle and Bazza the Bunyip and chess games.
Sumo suits were also supplied by Opal from the Mid Murray Council.
"We also had market and trade sites for the mums and dads," Irene said.
Visitors and entrants came for as far as Queensland, Victoria, Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Ceduna, Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Barossa Valley, Murray Bridge, Mid North, Upper Murray towns, Berri, Loxton and Mildura.
"Our event is run purely with volunteers," Irene said.
"About 50 people pitched in and the net proceeds are all put towards local community projects."
Best Truck of the Show
Tony McNicol in his Kenworth T909
Best Truck of the Show (runner-up)
Darren Deal for his T409 SAR
Best Vintage Truck
Ian Rose for his 1949 Commer Truck.
Best Vintage Truck (runner-up)
1951 Bedford owned by Robert Rawlins
Best Fleet of Trucks
Bee Jay's Haulage
Best Fleet (runner-up)
Darryl Eades Transport
Best Truck Interior
Won by Bradon Peters MCF005 2014 Western Star
Cleanest Engine Bay/Driveline
The Truckworks Kenworth T909
Bee Jay's Haulage BJH017 2016 Freightliner
Won by Braden Peters 2014 Western Star
Best Lit Truck
Won by Truckworks Kenworth T909