Wet weather, great spirit – Taranaki 2017

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJune 2, 2017

The Truck of the Show went to this immaculate Mack Transport T2670 International.

Taranaki had that warm, friendly feel you always get with a Kiwi truck show. After a week of nasty weather, the organisers must have been on edge considering the Taranaki Truck Show is held on grass, but with a combination of great drainage at the stunning seaside venue and cooperation from the weather gods, the show went ahead as planned.

As with most truck shows, there was plenty of activity in yards all over the region the day and night before. The convoy kicked off from Centennial Drive in New Plymouth at 9am and headed to Nobs Line, venue for the show. Some entrants found some soft ground on the way in, but thankfully most avoided getting dirty after all their hard work.

Even with the odd shower of rain the public turned out in full force to support the show and raise funds for the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust. With live music, entertainment for the kids, plenty of food vendors, and a good old tug-of-war competition (won by the JD Hickman team), the show had a great feel to it.

Held every two years, it‘s definitely a truck show we‘d recommend going to either as an entrant or a member of the public. 

Three of the four Schreiber Transport Kenworths that won Best Fleet. 

Uhlenberg Haulage‘s old and new model SAR Kenworths. 

Clayton Haakma with his Best Western Star trophy 

Pa Davis (left) and Peter Nicholson (right) with their rides at Hall‘s Intermodal. 

William Bishop in his Hynds Hino. 

A pair of sharp K200 Kenworths