This year’s Kamo Touch-a-Truck Show, held at Hurupaki School on Auckland Anniversary Weekend, attracted 80 entries, a record for the event and almost double the number of entries for the 2023 show.

The Kamo Touch-a-Truck Show has become a much-anticipated fixture of the Northland transport calendar. And it is not just truckies attracted to the show. Families throughout Northland are drawn to it because of its special focus on allowing kids to explore and climb on the big rigs.

Organisers estimate this year’s attendance at about 3500, raising a little over $10,000 for the Ngunguru and Kamo volunteer fire brigades.

The fire department and the police were in attendance with popular exhibits, and the food and beverage section did a roaring trade, some even running out of tucker.

Yet it was the trucks that stole the spotlight. A 70-vehicle convoy leading the way from downtown Whangarei to the showgrounds, created a spectacular and boisterous start to the event.

One of the organisers, Andrew Ivey, says he was delighted by the turnout and the ongoing and growing interest from the trucking industry.

He says every driver he talked to said they intended to be back for next year’s event, and with entries growing year after year, Ivey says the organisers may even have to cap numbers.

Sponsors showed similar enthusiasm for the show. Again, there was a record number involved, some providing prizes.

Big names such as Mercedes- Benz, Scania, Fuso and Freightliner came on board as sponsors and to showcase their latest trucks. Some even had company reps helping with the organisation.

Ivey says the Touch-a-Truck Show now has a life of its own. It has momentum. It will continue to grow to the point of “bursting at the seams”, and he and his fellow organisers can’t wait to put it all together again next year.

Kamo Touch-a-Truck Show 2024 Award Winners

Drivers’ Choice TWL Mike Brockliss, Ellwood Transport, Scania
People’s Choice Domett Trailers & Hendrickson Suspension Bruce, Marsden Transport Solutions, Kenworth
Best Mack Mack New Zealand Daniel Tupe, Northland Sandblasting
Best Volvo Volvo New Zealand Eddie Pukeroa, Cates Bros
Best Mercedes-Benz        Keith Andrew Trucks Shayne, Mainfreight
Best Fuso Keith Andrew Trucks Dean Manahi, DHL
Best Freightliner Keith Andrew Trucks Shayne, Mainfreight
Best Kenworth Commercial Diesel Bruce, MTS
Best DAF Commercial Diesel Sam, Northern Rural Haulage
Best Isuzu CAL Isuzu Hamish Burton, Northpower
Best Hino Hino New Zealand Jason McCullough, Akarana Timber
Best UD UD Trucks Jayden McKenzie, The Produce Connection
Best MAN Penske New Zealand Rod Field, Field Trucking
Best Scania Scania New Zealand Mike Brockliss, Ellwood Transport
Best Curtainsider Domett Truck and Trailer William Thorpe, The Produce Connection – Scania
Best Logger Mills-Tui Trailers and Bodies Liam Caldwell, Aztec – Scania
Best Specialty Rig Get Delivered Nationwide Pilots Jason, Mangonui Haulage – Scania
Best Linehaul Bell Transport Graeme Bradford, Tranznorth – Iveco
Best Tipper Black Stag Deli Makotahi Bell, Northern Rural Haulage – Scania
Best Tractor Unit Northern Rural Haulage Neille Chapman, Golden Bay – Volvo
Best Fleet TWL Douglas Logging
Furthest Travelled Scania New Zealand Jajdeep Powar, DHL (Palmerston North) – Mercedes-Benz