The Gore Truck Show 2017

3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineAugust 29, 2017

This year the Gore Truck Show celebrated its 30th anniversary, a milestone that many shows never reach. But in true Southland style, this show just keeps on truckin‘.

The McNeill Macks were followed by the RTL line-up in the parade.

The 30th anniversary of this show (it would have been 40 if not for a 10-year hiatus) is an achievement the township of Gore can be proud of.

The way locals line the streets show they appreciate the drivers‘ efforts and the transport industry as a whole. Young kids waving and getting toots from the drivers is a memory they will have for many years to come.

Transport Repairs White Road Boss.

As with all good truck shows, organiser Rhonda Wilson had a willing team of helpers to make it all work on the day, and the friendly attitude of her crew really made you feel welcome.

This year the show also had a range of stalls and food available, along with live music, which added to the atmosphere. The trucks parked up for a few hours, giving the public a chance of a close-up view, and then the convoy got under way, heading down the main street of Gore through the crowds of people and on to Traffers Tavern where the prizegiving was held.

This year‘s King Rig went to Alex McLellan of McLellan Freight with his 1964 Leyland Hippo, which will get to lead next year‘s parade.

McLellan Freight took out King Rig with their 1964 Leyland Hippo

It would be great to see a few more out of town entries coming along to next year‘s show, maybe make a weekend of it and schedule a visit to the amazing Bill Richardson Transport World just down the road in Invercargill.

Freight Haulage travelled up from Invercargill, including last year‘s King Rig (middle) and took out Best Fleet.

Jolly Earthworks Mack LT Superliner.

Robin Given in his Summerland Express Freight Coronado won Best Freightliner.

Winner of Best Refurbished truck was this smart International for BL Hamilton Ltd.

A nice lineup of European gear.

The McNeill lineup that included two new Mack Trident loggers.