Taranaki Truck Show 2019 recap

By: Dean Middleton, Photography by: Dean Middleton


2019 Taranaki Truck Show The weather gods turned on a great day and Hickford Park in Bellblock was a perfect location for the show 2019 Taranaki Truck Show
2019 Taranaki Truck ShoW 2 J D Hickman’s stunning Kenworth T900 Legend was one of the 12 Hickman trucks taking part in the convoy 2019 Taranaki Truck ShoW 2
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 3 This near-new Mercedes-Benz won the ‘Best Mercedes’ prize 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 3
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 4 Auto Despatch with their Fat Cab K200 Kenworth Car carrier 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 4
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 5 Dennis Wheeler Contracting’s futuristic-looking Isuzu reputed to be the shape of the new cabs yet to be released in more traditional New Zealand specifications 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 5
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 6 The Taranaki Civil Contracting trio arriving at the show after the huge convoy 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 6
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 7 ‘Truck of the Show’ winner Uhlenberg’s meticulous W924 Kenworth 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 7
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 8 Craig Searle won the ‘Best Classic’ award in his immaculate Kenworth SAR 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 8
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 9 If you need to load your spreader on site, this is how the Osflo team gets it done 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 9
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 10 One of my picks of the show was this 2003 Hookers Western Star 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 10
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 11 One of the two spotless T659 Kenworth’s on display for McCarthy Logging 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 11
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 12 Support from the local transport operators was superb; this was part of the GJ Sole line-up 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 12
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 13 Mack Bros classic International T-line ‘Back to the Future’ 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 13
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 14 With two near-new T900 Legends at the show, Central Equipment Movers were not going to be outdone, bringing along their T900 original 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 14
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 15 J. Swap took out the ‘Best Bulk Unit’ prize with their pristine Kenworth T900 Legend 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 15
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 16 One of the outstanding line-ups on the day. The TIL/Hookers group had 11 trucks at the show and also provided rides for the public throughout the day. 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 16
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 17 Brian Menefy posed for the cameras in his huge sleeper cabbed Mack Superliner 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 17
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 18 L. A Schreiber bought along their four spotless Kenworths 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 18
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 19 Part of the organising committee, Doug Paynter and Will Bishop, pose for a quick photo in front of their respective trucks at the end of the hugely successful event 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 19
2019 Taranaki Truck Show 20 The ‘Best Fleet’ award went to the immaculate fleet from Uhlenberg Haulage 2019 Taranaki Truck Show 20

The Taranaki Truck Show, organised by the Taranaki Truckers Group, was well supported by local transport operators, both in sponsorship and the number of trucks entered

I’ve attended many truck shows over the years, and the very best ones are the shows organised by people directly involved in the industry. The 2019 Taranaki Truck Show was one of them.

Organised by the Taranaki Truckers Group, more than 140 trucks gathered at Centennial Drive near the New Plymouth port early on Sunday, 10 March, in preparation for the Convoy.

At 9am, the convoy was on the move, driving right through the heart of New Plymouth and out to Hickford Park in Bellblock, some 13km away. The weather gods turned on a great day for the event and Hickford Park was the perfect venue with plenty of room for the large turnout.

Due to the change in venue this year, there was enough room for complete units, so trailers were able to remain hitched up—a rarity on the truck show circuit in New Zealand, especially in the North Island.

The show was well supported by local transport operators both in sponsorship and the number of trucks entered. J D Hickman had 12 trucks on display, Uhlenberg had 10, and G J Sole and Hookers/TIL had 11 each respectively.

Food stalls and various other activities kept the large crowd of attendees busy when they had finished admiring the immaculate standard of trucks on display. Proceeds from the show went to the Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter Trust—a life-saving service in the Taranaki region.

The Coveted ‘Truck of the Show’ trophy was awarded to the meticulous W924 Kenworth from Uhlenberg Haulage who also took out the ‘People’s Choice’ and ‘Best Fleet’ awards. Check out the following pages for some more highlights from the event. 

Taranaki Truck Show 2019 results

Best Caterpillar

GJ Soles

Best DAF

Sandfords - DAF CF85

Best Freightliner

Reliable Distributors

Best Fuso

NP Towing - Shogun

Best Hino

Mainstream - Hino 500

Best International

Taranaki Civil Contruction

Best Isuzu

Q Transport

Best Iveco

Sandfords - Iveco Trakker 500

Best Kenworth

Mainfreight - Chris Bramley - Kenworth K200

Best Mack

Maurice Vickers - Mack CL

Best MAN

R&H Transport Mainfreight - TGX640

Best Mercedes

Mainfreight - Simon Harris

Best Other

McCurdy Trucks - Pacific P9

Best Peterbilt

Truck Towing Heavy Recovery

Best Scania

Diesel Mechanical - Scania 143M

Best Volvo

Mark Mackle Contracting -Volvo FH12

Best Western Star

Warners

Best Fleet

Uhlenberg Haulage

Best Logger

McCarthy Transport - Kenworth T659

Best Tanker

Ixom - Volvo FH450

Best Curtainsider

JD Hickman - Kenworth K200

Best Bulk unit

J Swap KW Legend

Best Crane/Hiab/Swinglift

Roebuck Crane Hire - Volvo FMX

Best Stock truck

Mack Transport - Hino 700

Best Spreader

Sandfords - Iveco Trakker 500

Best Recovery vehicle

Truck Towing Heavy Recovery - Peterbilt

Best Concrete truck

Firth - Hino

Best Tractor unit

Schreiber Transport - Kenworth T900

Best Classic

Craig Searle - Kenworth SAR

Best Vintage

Michael Wolfe - Morris T200

Best People’s Choice

Uhlenberg Haulage - 2005 Peterbilt

Best Tug-o-War

Warners

Best Truck of the Show

Uhlenberg Haulage - Kenworth KW W924

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