Photos: Ride in a Truck Day 2015

By: Vivienne Haldane


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It was a mega day out for those attending the Mitre 10 Mega Ride in a Truck Day 2015 in Hawke’s Bay on 10 October. Vivienne Haldane went along for a look.

A crowd of around 8000 people and 220 trucks flocked to Whakatu, between Napier and Hastings, to see what was on offer and they weren’t disappointed.

A big fanfare of trucks, all polished to the hilt arrived in convoy at the Turners & Growers facility before parking up to be admired.

Then the fun began as kids lined up for a truck ride around the block. As well, there was plenty of food and other attractions available on site. This included the Hawke’s Bay heat of the Hitachi National Excavator competition and the Truck Pull event.

The day, which is a biennial event, raised around $32,000 for the Little Elms Charitable Trust that provides accommodation for families of those, particularly children, who are having treatment in Hawke’s Bay hospital.

Event chairman, Wayne Moody says, "To see the smiles on the kids’ faces is absolutely fantastic. It’s not often that they get up close with these big rigs. We had a great day out; the local support was fantastic as was the traditional great Hawke’s Bay weather."

"I want to thank all of our sponsors and the drivers who donated their time, patience and experience, and presented their machines in the best possible condition. As well as being such an excellent fundraiser for Little Elms, this event really lifts the profile of New Zealand truck drivers and our industry."

This year, trucks came from all around the North Island, from as far afield as Auckland, Taranaki and Wellington.

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