The Great Wellington Truck Show 2018

By: Dean Middleton, Photography by: Dean Middleton


The iconic L&P Kenworth Aerodyne of Demon Contracting won The Best Show Truck and Highest Kilometres Travelled categories The iconic L&P Kenworth Aerodyne of Demon Contracting won The Best Show Truck and Highest Kilometres Travelled categories The iconic L&P Kenworth Aerodyne of Demon Contracting won The Best Show Truck and Highest Kilometres Travelled categories
LG Anderson took away the Best Fleet and Best Light Commercial categories LG Anderson took away the Best Fleet and Best Light Commercial categories LG Anderson took away the Best Fleet and Best Light Commercial categories
An excellent effort was made by the Warren Biddle and the Courier freight crew from Taupo An excellent effort was made by the Warren Biddle and the Courier freight crew from Taupo An excellent effort was made by the Warren Biddle and the Courier freight crew from Taupo
Bill Hammond’s superb K200 Kenworth won the Best Company Owned Truck award Bill Hammond’s superb K200 Kenworth won the Best Company Owned Truck award Bill Hammond’s superb K200 Kenworth won the Best Company Owned Truck award
Lower Hutt-based carrier LT Transport’s line-up, which also took care of the crane salute Lower Hutt-based carrier LT Transport’s line-up, which also took care of the crane salute Lower Hutt-based carrier LT Transport’s line-up, which also took care of the crane salute
Best Owner/Driver Truck was won by Traz Trucking’s Kenworth, aptly named ‘The Enforcer’ Best Owner/Driver Truck was won by Traz Trucking’s Kenworth, aptly named ‘The Enforcer’ Best Owner/Driver Truck was won by Traz Trucking’s Kenworth, aptly named ‘The Enforcer’
Draper Earthmoving lined up their superbly presented Macks from three different model generations Draper Earthmoving lined up their superbly presented Macks from three different model generations Draper Earthmoving lined up their superbly presented Macks from three different model generations
 The three RDL Group Kenworths looked ominous lined up in the front row The three RDL Group Kenworths looked ominous lined up in the front row  The three RDL Group Kenworths looked ominous lined up in the front row
Bryce O’Sullivan Contracting’s Western Star was piggybacked by their very cool W-Model Kenworth Bryce O’Sullivan Contracting’s Western Star was piggybacked by their very cool W-Model Kenworth Bryce O’Sullivan Contracting’s Western Star was piggybacked by their very cool W-Model Kenworth
 McAuley Transport won the Best New Truck (under 36 months old) category with this MAN McAuley Transport won the Best New Truck (under 36 months old) category with this MAN  McAuley Transport won the Best New Truck (under 36 months old) category with this MAN
McAuleys also took out the Best Senior Truck (over 36 months old) award with their Honey Bee Western Star McAuleys also took out the Best Senior Truck (over 36 months old) award with their Honey Bee Western Star McAuleys also took out the Best Senior Truck (over 36 months old) award with their Honey Bee Western Star
L G Anderson’s stunningly restored E-Series ERF L G Anderson’s stunningly restored E-Series ERF L G Anderson’s stunningly restored E-Series ERF
 Local carrier Hammond Transport’s tidy line-up of furniture movers Local carrier Hammond Transport’s tidy line-up of furniture movers  Local carrier Hammond Transport’s tidy line-up of furniture movers
An outstanding effort was made by the boys from McAuleys Transport An outstanding effort was made by the boys from McAuleys Transport An outstanding effort was made by the boys from McAuleys Transport
Daily Freight contractor Dougherty Transport had two Freightliner’s on display Daily Freight contractor Dougherty Transport had two Freightliner’s on display Daily Freight contractor Dougherty Transport had two Freightliner’s on display
The Best Vintage Truck award went to Murrays Haulage and their immaculate LW Kenworth The Best Vintage Truck award went to Murrays Haulage and their immaculate LW Kenworth The Best Vintage Truck award went to Murrays Haulage and their immaculate LW Kenworth
An interesting and rare single-drive Kenworth field maintenance truck of Goodmans Contractors An interesting and rare single-drive Kenworth field maintenance truck of Goodmans Contractors An interesting and rare single-drive Kenworth field maintenance truck of Goodmans Contractors
An all-Scania line-up from Wellington-based KAM Transport An all-Scania line-up from Wellington-based KAM Transport An all-Scania line-up from Wellington-based KAM Transport
Abbott Haulage Japanese fleet headed up by their T401 Kenworth Abbott Haulage Japanese fleet headed up by their T401 Kenworth Abbott Haulage Japanese fleet headed up by their T401 Kenworth

The 2018 Great Wellington Truck and Transport Show was held on Sunday, 11 March at the Trentham Memorial Park in Upper Hutt

The 2018 Great Wellington Truck had arguably one of the most idyllic venues on the New Zealand truck show circuit. The park has grounds you could almost play lawn bowls on and is surrounded by lush green trees.

More than 100 trucks gathered along Hutt Park road in Petone where the convoy then proceeded to the venue and was parked up just in time for the 9.30am show opening to the general public.

The Wellington weather was on its best behaviour with little to no wind and not a cloud to be seen in the sky throughout most of the day. The rows of immaculately lined up trucks were judged by police officers from the Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit (CVIU) and there could be no doubt as to their credibility when it came to taking a close look at the contenders.

The show was organised by the local Lions Club, who as in previous years, did a superb job of making the day a great spectacle for young and old alike. There were plenty of food stalls, rides, and entertainment throughout the day.

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All proceeds raised were donated to the Life Flight Trust, who operate the local Westpac rescue helicopter throughout the Upper South Island and lower North Island. The helicopter flew in to the venue during the day and ensured the public had a close up look at where their proceeds were going.

This year, $15,000,00 was raised for the life-saving cause. Prize giving was set for 3.30pm and the trophies were handed out to the winners, which culminated in the end of the day’s events. The People’s Choice trophy was awarded to the stunning LW Kenworth of Quality Demolition. See the following pages for more highlights. 

Results Award Winner
Best Owner/Operator working truck  Traz Trucking—Kenworth K200
Best Company-owned working truck  Bill Hammond—Kenworth K200
Best Highest K’s truck Demon Contracting—Kenworth K100E
Best new Truck (under 36 months) McAuleys Transport—MAN
Best Senior Truck (over 36 months)  McAuleys Transport—Western Star
Best Light Commercial LG Anderson
Best Vintage Truck (Pre-1980) Murrays Haulage—LW Kenworth
Best Fleet L G Anderson
Best Custom Graphics McAuleys Transport
Best Show Truck KW Demon Contracting—K100E Kenworth
People’s Choice  Quality Demolition—LW Kenworth

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