Invercargill showcased an impressive truck parade and exhibition during Labour Weekend in October, offering an insightful cross-section of the dynamic transport industry.

One hundred and fifteen trucks assembled to vie for the coveted title of King Rig at this year’s Southland Truck Show, an award ultimately clinched by a King House Removals truck. Reagan Brown prepared and entered the 2013 Mack Titan, along with another new King House Removals Mack and an older International. It wasn’t easy to gauge which of the Macks were new and which was a decade old.

The winning Mack has an MP10 engine, driving through an 18-speed Mack gearbox and auxiliary four-speed box. It was built as a transporter in-house to meet King’s specifications and requirements.

Neither Brown nor King House Removals are strangers to truck-show competition.

Reagan and Kings won the King Rig title more than 30 years ago, and it was inevitable their names would feature high on the honours list.

After parking up for judging and public scrutineering, the ensemble and a further 25 trucks travelled in convoy through the streets of Invercargill to the Newfield Tavern, where the prizegiving ceremony took place.

As in the past, thousands of people lined the streets and centre plots along the route to view the annual procession.

The competition was very close, with King Rig and Best Fleet awards closely swayed by the individual brand and distance awards. This made the final big decisions a tight contest between Eden Haulage, King House Removals and Mainfreight entrants.

Organiser Mark Purdue is grateful to the entrants for the hundreds of hours spent preparing their rigs for the public to enjoy. He also highlighted the commitment from the owners and loyal sponsors, without whom the event wouldn’t happen. There was 100% support from franchise companies and acknowledgement of backing from New Zealand Trucking magazine and the Invercargill Licencing Trust.

Invercargill Truck Show 2023 – RESULTS

King Rig Reagan Brown King House Removal
Runner Up Haydon Campbell R&H Transport (Mainfreight)
Less than 20,000km Jake Rohan Rohan Haulage
20,000 – 100,000km Jake Willis King House Removal
100,000 – 300,000km James Von Randow Freight Haulage
300,000 – 600,000km Hamish Boyle Wilkins Farming Co
600,000 – 1,000,000km Pete Duncan P Duncan Transport
Over 1,000,000km Shannon McKeown Ryal Bush Transport
Best fleet 3 or more entries        Eden Haulage
Best paint job Sean Doyle Eden Haulage
Best working truck Steven Swain McNeill Distribution
Best linehaul Dan Herman Evans Freight
Best logger Alfie Payne Dynes Transport
Best spreader Sam McCully Ryal Bush Transport
Best stock truck Tait Robertson RTL (West Otago Transport)
Best bulk tipper Nick Young Southern Transport
Best DAF Hayden Livingstone Eden Haulage
Best Freightliner Coltin Manson Booths Logistics
Best Fuso Cory Sparrows Majestic Horse Floats
Best Hino Richard Gregory Southern Transport
Best International Warren Willis King House Removals
Best Isuzu Dave Thompson McGregor Concrete
Best Kenworth Hayden Brookland Eden Haulage
Best Mack Reagan Brown King House Removals
Best Mercedes-Benz Scott McDonald Titiroa Transport
Best UD Davey Crosbie Hughes Contracting
Best Scania Ross Carlene Halls Cold Chain Logistics
Best Volvo Barry Ramsey Freight Haulage
Best Western Star Stephen Gibb Rohan Haulage
Best other brand Carlos Bates (Peterbilt) Northside Sand & Gravel
Best classic Shayne McAndrew Graeme Maxwell