The anticipation was palpable, and the weather gods delivered on the day – the highly anticipated 2023 Transfleet Trailers/Allied Petroleum Bombay Truck Show was a massive success.

The Auckland truck show calendar has looked extremely sad for far too long. As we know, this was for reasons well outside of the organisers’ hands. However, trucking enthusiasts were able to mark a big ring on the calendar around the 21st of January as they awaited the return of the Bombay Truck Show.

The week leading up certainly had us all looking to the skies, but we were not disappointed, waking to warm, settled weather with a dash of sunshine. Arriving early to see the convoy, the stream of trucks rolling into the grounds was an impressive sight. All corners of the country were represented, and the variety on display ticked all the boxes. There was something for everyone – from Cook Straight ferry tugs to a state-of-the-art K220 Kenworth, a hot-rod fork hoist through to heavy-haul Volvos.

A family day out for Emily, Ryan and Maia McHardy with dad Cory, seen here standing in front of TDM Construction’s restored W-model Kenworth.

Show organiser Marieka Morcombe could not be happier with the response. “We had 280 trucks at the first show; this time around, we hit 465. There was amazing support from the industry. Attendance has also been incredible – somewhere in the region of 16,000 to 20,000. And seeing the number of smiling faces makes it all worthwhile. There were loads of families enjoying the day, and that is what it’s all about.”

The show is recognised as New Zealand’s largest charity truck show, with all proceeds after expenses going to local organisations. And this year has again been very productive for the team. “It is looking like we’ll hit the $77,000 mark,” says Marieka. “We will know exactly very shortly once we have the numbers back from the accountant. But, yes, the fun part for us is handing that on to the local charities and making a difference.”

As you will see from the photos, the effort put in by the Bombay team makes this event a must-see on any truck nutter’s calendar. All I can say is bring on 2025. We cannot wait!

BOOFA – Caught by the CVIU travelling from Mercer to the show and got a ticket.
KATELYN TRANSCAR – Legendary lady driver manoeuvred her huge truck and trailer onto a packed field.
CHRIS WESTLAKE – Driver of the mini Mack.

2023 Transfleet Trailers/Allied Petroleum Bombay Truck Show Results

Award 1st 2nd 3rd
Best Volvo Graeme Wright Carriers – JSK818 Hanes – BIG700 Michielsen Transport – MAB919
Best Mack EZY Moves – EZYDOG Allied – MPW918 BiggSpec
Best Kenworth Mainline Distribution – XKWX Smiths Transport – SMITH Kempthorne Transport – PAQ749
Best DAF ORT – NQ6322 WE HALE – MEA96 Redman Hiabs Ltd – MSB548
Best Japanese Michielsens – NBD819 Porters – PAW218 KT Cartage entrant 47
Best Western Star Michielsens – CAK840 Hart Haulage – HGEHRT Exaro – NWT49
Best International Rock & Rubble – EAGLRK Tony Galbraith – MNS556 P&L Mc William – XG5873
Best Scania Kaitoa Haulage – KAITOA ACE Haulage – LTSACE Hanes – V8ASHB
Best Mercedes-Benz Murlicht Transport – LTE43 ACE Transport – ACEH Terence Howard – TA816
Best Freightliner Jivan Produce – JDT136
Best Iveco Hi-Tech Environmental – LIAM22


Rock & Rubble Best Fleet Awards Porters Graeme Wright Carriers Ace Towing
Royan’s Best Classic Awards Allen & Jackson Mills – 1974KW Waller Bindon – Annette WB091 Powells Transport – Brendon IT8881
TATES People’s Choice Awards R&L Beale – Driver Jason Lane Van Den Brink Classic Kenworth Knight & Dickey Scania Stock Truck – Driver Fisher
NZ Truck & Driver Best Tractor Unit Award Chem Couriers – PT909
Palfinger Best Truck Mounted Crane Award Pukekohe Hiab – BIGENF
Jackson Enterprises Best Stock Truck Award Kempthorne – PAQ749
Waitomo Best Tanker Award Dynes – PQF487
Quicksilver Linings Best Tipper Award Jacksons – JACK18
UDC Finance Best New Truck Award Wyatt Haulage – K200 Bulky
Patchell’s Best Logger Award Beale – TEN4
TRT Endless Award (oldest working truck) Collin Walter
Total Truck Glass Best Curtain Sider Award Smith Transport – PBQ597
Broshmik Top Truck 1 – 1.5 million km RE Jackson – JACK11
Broshmik Top Truck 1.5+ million km RE Jackson – JACK18