Live music, food stalls, crowds and, of course, trucks – the 2023 McDonough Contracting Gore Truck Show had it all.

King’s Birthday Weekend (that takes a bit of saying) in Gore is buzzing with visitors attending the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards presented by the Gore Country Music Club. As a part of the annual event, a truck show and parade are staged by enthusiastic locals, who marshal the entrants for judging and public viewing. The static display is assembled at Transport Repairs’ Gore branch, where they are scored for the accumulators to calculate the award winners. A parade is held from the South Gore venue up the main street and back, from where the entrants can either disperse or attend the prizegiving function at the Croydon Lodge Hotel.

Live music was played during the allocated judging time, and there were several food stalls to tempt all. In the Transport Repairs workshop, there was a colouring competition display, which had been run in the local newspaper, and several vendors trading in models and giftware.

The streets were lined with hundreds of people watching the parade. It’s an exciting time for small children and adults alike to watch the procession.

The prizegiving gathering was well attended, with many staying on afterwards to enjoy a meal and socialise with like-minded friends, old and new. Bruce Robertson led the prizegiving ceremony, congratulating the individual award winners and the organisers for their efforts. He also thanked the sponsors and prize donors, making special mention of Transport Repairs for the use of its facilities and McDonough Contracting for its continued support of the event with traffic management.

Lindsay Stuck from Invercargill won the coveted King Rig trophy ahead of 126 other entrants with the Scania R620 he drives for Freight Haulage in Invercargill. This rig was new at the Gore Truck Show last year, and with just short of 100,000km showing on the odometer, it still looks no different to back then, a true testament to the care afforded to the big Swede. Lindsay has been working for Freight Haulage for 23 years and mostly carts containers on a skeletal B-train.

He brought the truck to Gore the day before the show. It got a little dirty from road grime accumulated along the way and he thanks the guys at Gore Freight and Storage for their efforts at restoring it to pristine show condition after thinking it didn’t stand a chance.

Other prize winners of note were Gerard Daldry with his spectacularly airbrushed Scania 770S taking out the prizes for furthest distance travelled and best paint job. Gerard’s other ProTranz entrant, a Mack Titan, took out the people’s choice gong.

Phil Collinson’s Eden Haulage very narrowly took the best fleet honour, and an extremely well restored 1968 Mercedes-Benz 1418, owned and restored by Tom Roberts from Te Anau, gained popularity with many and won the best Mercedes-Benz prize. Another crowd favourite was a Kenworth T610SAR, entered by Regan Brown from Lockhart Contracting, winning both the best logger class as well as its mileage category.



KING RIG 2023 Stucky / Lindsay Stuck Freight Haulage
New–40,000km Chris Butler, Switzers Valley
40,000–100,000km Regan Brown, Lockhart Contracting
100,000–400,000km Nick Young, Southern Transport
400,000–700,000km Hayden Brookland, Eden Haulage
700,000–1,000,000km Ben Findlayson, Halls Transport
Truck over 1,000,000km Mark Chalmers, Dynes Transport
Isuzu Chris Keillor, McDonough Contracting
Freightliner Nigel Cleghorn, Freight Haulage
Scania Lee Tillard, Northern Southland Transport
Mercedes-Benz Tom Roberts, Te Anau
Hino Rob Wylie, Powernet
Kenworth Chris Butler, Switzers Valley
Mitsubishi/Fuso Pauline Tanner, Ritchies Transport
Volvo Richard Parish, Fonterra
Mack Lionel Wood, Southern Transport
MAN Josh Houghton, R&H Transport/Mainfreight
Nissan/UD Bronson McLean, Kings Log Transport
DAF Ethan McColl, Dynes Transport
Iveco Ben Egerton, Powernet
Other Jordon Udy, Waikaka Transport (International)
HW Richardson Group Lionel Wood, Southern Transport
Female Driver Anne Brown, Go Bus Gore
Logger Regan Brown, Lockhart Contracting
Bulk Truck Chris Butler, Switzers Valley
Timber Cartage Vehicle Jesse Sturmfels, GFS
Curtainsider Josh Houghton, R&H Transport/Mainfreight
Bulk Sower Jamie Ferris, Switzers Valley
Stock Truck Jordon Udy, Waikaka Transport
Tractor Unit Ryan Davidson, Freight Haulage
Tanker Ethan Mc Coll, Dynes Transport
Linehaul Ryan Davidson, Freight Haulage
Light Vehicle Anne Brown, Go Bus Gore
Passenger Vehicle Anne Brown, Go Bus Gore
Crane Truck Rob Wylie, Powernet
Stock Feed Unit Hamish Boyte, Wilkins Farming
Furthest Distance Travelled Gerald Daldry, ProTranz Auckland
Tidiest Oldest Working Truck Carlos Bates, Northside Sand & Gravel
Best Refurbished Truck Tom Roberts, Te Anau
Best Vintage Andrew McDowall, Transport Repairs
Best Fleet Eden Haulage (Average 113.67/140)
Best Paint Job Gerard Daldry “Grey Ghost”, ProTranz
People’s Choice Lachlan Andrews, ProTranz