The Kilcoy Konvoy claims the day in Somerset
THE Kilcoy Konvoy, held in conjunction with the annual Kilcoy Show is a big event for the town and the district's social calendar. Somerset Regional Council mayor Graeme Lehmann was at the event all day.
"It's absolutely fantastic and it's great to see so many trucks,” Cr Lehmann told Big Rigs.
The mayor is the proud owner of a "Classic Not Plastic” 1970 red Holden 253-powered Kingswood HG ute which was on display in the ute section.
Organiser John Hermann was happy as ever with the roll out for the Konvoy. He even drove one of the 60 or so trucks that ran in it.
"There are some top quality trucks here today,” he said.
"We might spend quite some time organising it, but the work that goes into getting all these trucks ready for the day is even greater.”
Tony, Taylor, Michael and Melissa Lake turned out with their Silver 892 Detroit-powered Limited Edition Atkinson. The truck and trailer combination is a showcase vehicle for their Truckin' Stainless business based at Meadowbrook near Beenleigh on Brisbane's south.
The family and members of their staff are regular regional truck event and truck show attendees.
"It's just awesome fun,” Michael Lake said. "We just love to get involved in these events.”
The customised Atkinson was voted 2017 Kilcoy Konvoy Truck of the Show.
Danny Harrison rocked up in his 1967 Commer Knocker to the event. He's only owned it for about three years but it's still working on his farm at Joyner north of Brisbane. It's powered by a classis Perkins 6.354 (6 cylinder, 354 cubic inch) diesel through a five-speed gearbox and a two-speed Eaton No. 4 diff.
Jody Hope of AAA Mobile Detailing had the polishing gear out and Big Rigs caught her as she was adding the finishing touches to Tony and Tracey Lake's 1986 8V92 Silver Detroit powered Kenworth SAR, Heartbreaker.
The Kilcoy Konvoy is a great community event and draws family, friends and visitors from all over.
John Harrison had a bit of a drama getting his 1942 GMC 6x6 to start and to run properly.
"It's the usual thing. It was running perfectly yesterday,” John said.
Helping out was Jamie Wyatt standing on the bumper while son Josh was offering technical advice.
The GMC was originally from Saudi Arabia and has just 395 miles on the clock.
The Memphis Moovers were on hand at the annual Konvoy event strolling through the showgrounds providing quite lively entertainment. Jodie Lee was featuring on vocals, Big Dave Hastie was driving, playing sax and singing, while B-Dog Avery was on guitar and vocals.
Deborah Groves and her family were on their way to nearby Somerset Dam for the Queensland Labour Day long weekend when they stopped to check out the Konvoy.
Her six-year-old son Kai is a Mack fan so Big Rigs was happy to grab their photo in front of an all-white 600hp Superliner.
Greg Liekefett runs 'On the Spot Touch Ups' an established mobile truck repair, repaint, buff and polish business servicing Brisbane's north.
He was spotted standing in front of Green Acres hydromulching's Mack tipper. Greg had recently finished refurbishing and repainting the tipper body after de-scaling the rust, priming it and then repainting and detailing it.
Jordan Teichmann and his mate Sam Ryan were enjoying the day as driver and passenger respectively of Jordan's dad's 1997 600 Signature-powered Mack Titan.
"First time I'd driven it,” Jordan said. "Awesome.”
The Kilcoy Konvoy truck show judges had their work cut out for them and included Glen Teichmann, Shane Carseldine, both from Kilcoy and John Streten from Pomona.
"It's hard work judging this gear,” Glen said.
There were 11 categories including Best of make, Best of age groupings, Best local, Best body, No Time for Shine, and the Rig of the Show.