Watch it, touch it, sit in it… maybe light the passion that just might result in the ride of your life in amazing industries doing business at the economy’s front end.

“This year’s event felt successful in every way,” said Allan Dippie. “The volunteers and vehicle enthusiast contributors were exceptional. The sun was shining. We had record numbers through the gate, and everyone had a wonderful time.

“Now, we have the challenge of bettering our efforts in 2025! But that’s a wonderful challenge to have.”

The further you look into Wheels at Wanaka, the more messages there are. I started by saying it’s becoming a pilgrimage of sorts. Why is that? What is it that this show delivers? Something we used to have, which we are now, in some way, denied? I think we all know the answer, really.

Long may it continue.

At the time of writing, promotions and event coordinator Annabel Roy didn’t have the final divvy-up of proceeds to the various beneficiary organisations. So watch this space – more good news is on the way.

We hope you enjoy this pictorial coverage.


Veteran 1926 Chevrolet 30Cwt Pick-up, Sollys Freight 1978, Ed Solly
Pre-war 1924 MT Ford, Brian Cossey
Classic 1980 Ford 2418 (Mt Cook livery), ProTranz, Brayden McKenzie-Coleman
Small 1936 International C1, Des Gray Motors, Des Gray
British 1957 Karrier (BA Turner livery), Peter Turner Contracting, Peter Turner
American 2014 Kenworth T409 SAR, Riverview Contracting, Asha Lowes
European 1968 Mercedes-Benz L1428 (Mossburn Transport livery), Tom Roberts
Kenworth 1989 Kenworth K100E (Lakeview Farms livery), Tahmac Haulage, Robin Wildbore (Southpac sponsored)
Mack 1984 Mack Super-Liner, Satherley Logging, Bevan Satherley
International 1981 International 1910C Acco (Maxwell Bros livery), Graham Maxwell