From the weekend preceding our big event on 20th & 21st May, the Bureau of Meteorology certainly did us no favours. With predictions of increasing rain over the coming week, it was with much trepidation that members started moving on to the site from Wednesday to allow time to get the necessary arrangements in place, before the heavy rains and severe storms of Friday evening. Friday morning dawned with cloudy overcast skies, and the rain held off until after lunch by which time the majority of the setup was complete. The afternoon deteriorated and things were starting to look a little on the sad side, but this situation had been discussed at a number of monthly meetings and considering we have had a pretty good run with the previous shows, we know our good fortune doesn’t go on forever. However, as the afternoon progressed trucks, tractors and machines all continued to roll up and by the time we got to ‘happy hour’, the outside perimeter of the infield was looking very full. It really gave us all a huge lift.
Friday evening was a great get-together and the boys from all points north, south and west were there to help celebrate. I believe we catered for approx. 118 people at the Friday night BBQ which was absolutely fantastic. There was a lot of miles driven and a lot of fuel burnt at the bar that night. The weather, may I say at this point, was the last thing on anyone’s mind. As the wee small hours approached the players, the stayers and the wrecked finally called it a day. Beds were beckoning to the sound of rain on the roof, but some probably didn’t need any rocking.
I feel that there must have been quite a bit of liaising with the “Big Boss” before everyone turned in, because no severe storm developed and Saturday arrived to greet us with a wonderful light fog to roll into a stunning and sunny day.
Breakfast call rang out at 7.00am, and by now the camp was in full swing with the troops heading out to their respective posts, back gate, front gate, parking attendants, ladies to man the Club tables, raffle sellers, money runners, rubbish collectors and our great man on the microphone, Trevor, the Club President. Each year, the audience of spectators and exhibitors are all ears to his extensive knowledge of vehicles as he talks about each one as it does a lap around the racecourse.
As the morning rolled toward our official opening time, the still morning air was to herald the arrival of a 335 Cummins powered Leyland Contractor under Jake brake with a gross weight of approx. 79.5 tons, complete with dolly, trailer, and Centurion tank, a reminder of the days of Vietnam in the very early 70’s. The sun was on the rise and so were the number of vehicles and exhibits that were coming through the gates. Trailers and machinery lined the fence, whilst trucks, cars, and trade stalls filled the infield. We had numerous interstate truckies support us on Saturday arvo and Sunday morning with their rigs while they waited for loading on Monday morning. Having spoken to many visitors over the weekend they were very impressed with the turnout and presentation of the equipment. I took many phone calls from people way out of town to check on the weather and they were extremely surprised to hear we were up and running. Many left home immediately to get to Rocklea to support us. The numbers of people coming through the front gate was very inspiring and the parking staff certainly had a juggling act on their hands.
Saturday evening meal and auction was once again a great success and there was some very spirited bidding, as well as some light comic entertainment. It was really good to see everyone enjoying themselves and a hearty singalong was enjoyed in the bar area after the auction.
The weekend was a huge success after the shaky start, and I would like to thank all the Club members for their efforts and contributions. I wish to thank all those who travelled from places far and wide to be part of our big family, and to all those people who joined our ranks over the weekend as new members, “WELCOME” and “CONGRATULATIONS” in your quest to help us “KEEP OLD WHEELS TURNING”.
Our annual show is fast approaching and we hope you can come and join us.
Where: Rocklea Showgrounds, Cnr. Marshall Rd & Goburra Street, Rocklea
Date: Saturday, 20 May and Sunday, 21 May 2017
Time: Gates open at 8am both days
Admission: $10 per person (children under 14 free entry)
We welcome all Clubs and owners of historic vehicles to be an exhibitor at the annual Truck Show.
- Veteran, vintage and heritage trucks
- Vintage tractors
- Stationary engines (working displays)
- Heritage buses
- Vintage cars
- Daily grand parade
- Food and refreshments
- Multi draw raffle
Many of the vehicles have been restored by our members who take great pride in being able to show them off at our annual show. This also gives the public a chance to see old and new in the same area as many of our sponsors supply us with new vehicles for the weekend, with the show giving these companies the opportunity to have their vehicles/displays for the public to view.
It is an event to entertain people of all ages so come along and enjoy the weekend sharing the great enthusiasm and passion within the Club and to “turn back time for future generations”.