The Wellington Truck and Transport Show made a triumphant return at the end of February, after a four year hiatus.

This year marks the final year as organiser of the Wellington Truck and Transport Show for Greg Fouhy from Silverstream Lions Club. He has been involved with the show for over 12 years, becoming project leader before the 2020 show.

The previous show, in 2020, was a great success, attracting more than 7000 people, close to 200 trucks, and raising about $13,000 for The Life Flight Trust. Fouhy predicted at the time that the next show would be even bigger and better, and it was – although there have been four years between shows instead of the usual two.

This year’s event had more than 230 registered trucks and about 10,000 people attended. Some $16,000 was raised for The Life Flight Trust, with the Silverstream Lions Club topping that up to make an even $20,000.

“The past few years have certainly been challenging,” says Fouhy. “We had to cancel the 2022 show because of the Covid lockdown, and in 2023, a cyclone hit the week before the show was scheduled. Although the day of the show itself was fine, the heavy rain in the week before meant the park grounds were too soft to take the weight of the trucks. I drove around the park with someone from the council and their 4WD got bogged.”

This year, organisers were again worried because the long-range weather forecast predicted heavy rain and gale-force winds for the weekend of the show. Thankfully, as the week progressed, the forecast improved and morning rain was expected to ease by 10am on Sunday. The rain arrived early, falling during the night, and by morning the skies were blue and there wasn’t a cloud in sight.

Fouhy says the Lions Club would like to thank all the sponsors for helping to make this year’s show a success.

“Quality Demolition is the show’s main sponsor and has been for many years. I’d also like to thank PTS Logistics, who sponsored the main stage; Mainfreight, who provided sausages for the BBQ; LT Transport for the raffle hampers; MRL Power for the large generator we used; Kiwi Fleet Wash, who provided prizes for 20 categories; Professionals Upper Hutt for the use of their BBQ trailer; and the Upper Hutt City Council who allow us to use the park.”

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