Mark your calendars: Kenworth 100 celebration!

In Kenworth, News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJune 16, 2023

Southpac Trucks has announced the news that Kenworth enthusiasts have been waiting for: massive celebrations are all GO to mark the brand’s 100 year worldwide milestone.

Set to take place on Waitangi weekend 2024 at Mystery Creek, the Kenworth-only show will eclipse any single brand truck show ever staged – including the 301 Kenworth turnout hosted by Southpac at Baypark in 2014.

“Kenworth owners are known to be passionate about the trucks they run. We want to bring them together in one place to celebrate the best of the brand by hosting this show”, says general sales manager Richard Smart.

With a huge nine-hectare footprint set aside for the show, there is room for up to 1500 trucks. Registrations are essential and will open during July via the Southpac website, and Facebook updates.

There will be prizes across a range of categories, and those bringing a truck will receive special 100-year commemorative pack on arrival.

Planning for the event began in early 2020, and was put on hold during the uncertainty of recent years. Now, Richard says, there has been so much enthusiasm for the concept of a 100 year celebration that it was an easy decision to go ahead with the 3 February show, with a two-day lead up beforehand.

Building on the success of the special 50 years of Kenworth in New Zealand show, the Southpac team has designed the worldwide 100 event for maximum visual impact. Even better, for the fans, a commemorative range of flags, banners and merchandise will be available for purchase.

Many will remember the stunning view of the brand new conventionals and cab-overs lined up when entering the gathering at Baypark. The scale of the 2024 venue means a line-up five times longer than this – half a kilometre of Kenworth grills in one row alone.