Two hundred people and 17 trucks at Branxton truckies and partners rally and reunion

KEEP ON TRUCKIN': Maureen Herber of Kurri Kurri, behind the wheel of one of the trucks on show at Saturday's charity truck rally and reunion. PICTURE: Max Mason Hubers.
KEEP ON TRUCKIN': Maureen Herber of Kurri Kurri, behind the wheel of one of the trucks on show at Saturday's charity truck rally and reunion. PICTURE: Max Mason Hubers.

It was a big 10-4 at Miller Park Branxton on Saturday when more than 200 people gathered for the second truckies and partners reunion and rally.

The charity event raised more than $1000 for local Girl Guides and $900 for a local school teacher who is battling brain cancer.

Branxton Rosary Park School student Fletcher Knodler made signs for the event and held a raffle to raise money for his teacher. 

The event, attracted truck enthusiasts from Maitland, Tamworth, Scone and Quirindi.

Leconfield man and former truckie Bob Rhodes who is battling the debilitating disease multiple sclerosis and his mate Ian Sneddon organised the event to pay homage to the Hunter's long time truck industry.

Mr Rhodes and Mr Sneddon said the aim of the event was to let the region know that trucking is alive and well in the Hunter and is an integral part of keeping this valley moving.

Mr Rhodes said a similar rally was held in the Hunter about two years ago and attracted about 80 drivers and two trucks.

“Everyone’s asking when the next rally will be on so we will be working on another event for next year.

“That event is guaranteed to be bigger and better than this year’s event,” Mr Rhodes said.

He said Saturday’s gathering attracted people of all ages, even people who have no affiliation with the trucking industry but who just wanted to have a look at some of the heavy vehicles on show.

One of the stand outs on show on Saturday was a yellow Kenworth T950 Tradition and a 1950s International.

“We had a good roll up of old drivers reminiscing, there were also some  younger drivers who came along,” Mr Rhodes said.

“We have to say a big thank you to all the truck manufacturers who support us and helped up get the day up and running.”

Mr Rhodes said Gordon Martin, who started Martin’s Bulk Transport in 1958 attended Saturday’s event.

Mr Martin was inducted into the Transport Hall of Fame in 2006, for making a significant contribution to the transport industry.

This story Trucking fantastic show first appeared on The Maitland Mercury.