Blossom festival bursts out of winter‘s gloom

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineOctober 26, 2017

Utopia for any Mack fan. Central Machine Hire‘s stunning line-up of bulldogs.

Yet again the Annual Truck Parade at the Alexandra Blossom Festival put on a dazzling show of the South Island‘s finest equipment.

The Annual Truck Parade was well supported by Central Otago-based trucks and as usual spirits were high and plenty of banter was being
thrown about, ensuring the event was going to be a resounding success yet again. High entry numbers were present from Summerland‘s, Mainfreight, HWR Group and Central Machine Hire in Wanaka – their stunning collection of Macks taking out the best fleet.

HWR Group was well represented, with this concrete mixer, driven by Geoff Flintoff, taking out best DAF.

Southway Moving Ltd brought this exquisite FK 16 280 UD, driven by Michael Pauletich.

The parade was also supported by the great people from The King of Chrome and also Heavy Trucks South Island, who had the Safety MAN roadshow truck on display on their stand, along with a sharp new Western Star on display (and for sale).

Star of the Show and its very proud driver, Andy Clarke.

Perseverance paid off for BCB Contracting‘s Andy Clarke after the Kenworth T409 SAR he drives for the company took out Star of the Show. The truck is based out of Rolleston and it‘s the second time he has tasted success with this truck at Alexandra; in 2015 he took out the Best Chrome award. Pulling sharp TMC B-trains, the unit has covered nearly 400,000 kms and was a worthy winner. It was a smaller field this year, yet lacked nothing in the quality stakes. Unsurprisingly Andy‘s entry also cleaned up Best Kenworth for 2017.

Summerland‘s Western Star, driven by Ricky Rodgers, drove off with the brand prize, and who could argue with that.

A classic South Island stock set up and brand, driven by Bradley Curtis.