THANK YOU: The South East Suns team were amazed by the amount of support they received.
THANK YOU: The South East Suns team were amazed by the amount of support they received. Jon Wallis

Trucks roll in to help Suns

MORE than 80 trucks and muscle car owners and drivers rolled up to help out Sorell's women's football club, the South East Suns.

The event was the brainchild of dedicated and lifelong truck driver Rick Sutcliffe.

He's the father of two daughters - youngest Charlotte who aims to follow in his footsteps as a driver, and keen AFL player Macklyn.

It was Macklyn who appealed to her father to help raise some money for their club which was sorely lacking resources.

LEFT: Rick Sutcliffe with Mackyn and Emma Bygrave.
LEFT: Rick Sutcliffe with Mackyn and Emma Bygrave. Jon Wallis

Initially the club president was reluctant to take the idea on board, but rapidly came to appreciate their enthusiasm.

From there, the momentum really started building.

The idea eventually became a reality when Rick and his committee put on a most impressive and successful truck show, held on the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June at the Pembroke Park in Sorell.

Billed as a working truck show, it included a restored truck and vehicle display and a very popular muscle car show with about 70 cars turning out, including Leisa and Shane Chinnok with their eye-catching 1986 Ford XF Falcon.

In all, about 4500 people joined the crowd, making this a major event for Tasmania, and the show raised an impressive $10,000 on the day for much-needed amenities and resources for Suns Football Club.

Apart from the muscle cars and trucks on display, there was also a great display of model trucks from Marty Rowbottom and Ritchie Byers.

Special thanks went to the truck judges, Sue Streit and Todd Locke.

The restored rigs caught the eye of the crowd.
The restored rigs caught the eye of the crowd. Jon Wallis

The team have already begun working towards making this an annual event, with plans now under way for an even bigger and better show in 2018.

Truck of the Day was awarded to D & M Haulage, which also won trophies for People's Choice, Best Kenworth and an appreciation trophy from The South East Suns Women's Football Club for being the leading truck in the convoy.

Runner-up truck of the show was awarded to Madden Tipper Hire, which also won Best Western Star and Best Tipper.

  • "Best Mack”: Statewide Earthworks.
  • "Best International”: Quinn Transport and Spreading, who also won "Best Freightliner”.
  • "Best Peterbilt”: Hobart Truck Spares.
  • "Best Log Truck”: Les Walkden.
  • "Best Tow Truck”: Hobart Truck Spares.
  • "Best Rigid”: Archers Underground Services.
  • "Best Tilt Tray”: Lister's Hire.
  • "Best Highway Truck”: T.R.X., Daniel White.
  • The Best Restoration went to Bill Free, who also won the 'People's Choice' with his immaculate Dodge.

A range of vehicles were out on show.
A range of vehicles were out on show. Jon Wallis

All in all, Rick Sutcliffe and his committee, which included Emma Bygrave, in charge of Fund Raising, and Tony Berry from TasTrans, deserve high praise for putting this, their first and highly successful, Truck Show on,.

A huge credit to them, and to all the Truck Drivers and everyone who helped make the day the unqualified success it was, they have indeed made the bench mark high for future similar fund raising events in Tasmania.

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