Truck enthusiasts were offered a chance to shine at the 123rd Angaston (Barossa Valley) show in late February, with the inaugural Truck Show ‘n’ Shine competition providing them with a platform to display their toys.
Competition organiser and Angaston Show committee member Amy Doecke wanted to help change what she described as “the trucking industry's ‘bad rap’ with communities” by offering an opportunity to understand the “beauty” of trucks.
"There are ute musters and other big truck shows at Mannum and Murray Bridge, but the Barossa is a freight hub so it made sense to have our own competition," said Doecke.
"I wanted to showcase to the general public what trucks are and how they can be the pride and joy for some owners. Indeed, for many it is their favourite toy.
"Trucks are an important part of Australian culture and it was an opportunity for children and adults to get up close and personal to a truck, rather than just see it drive past on the road."
Farmers, drivers and truck companies from across the Barossa Valley, Mid North and Yorke Peninsula entered the competition, which had 22 entries.
The trucks were manufactured from 1922 to 2019 and categories included the Best Truck 2013-onward that was won by Jace Ohara from Adelaide; Best Truck pre-2013 model, awarded to Rick Doecke from Truro; and Best Vintage Truck, won by Barossa Machinery Preservation Society with a 1922 Garford truck.
People's Choice was awarded to the Barossa Valley's Bryan Burman for his Kenworth K200.
Looking ahead, Doecke said a committee would be formed and more judges introduced to make sure next year's competition is even better.
"Each year we try to offer something a bit different for patrons and the truck competition has definitely achieved that," she said.
"Show rides were not included at the Angaston Show this year as the show committee wanted it to return to its grassroots of being an agricultural show to showcase the local community and agricultural sector."
Doecke said the competition also helped to attract new patrons to the show.
"Truck enthusiasts definitely made the effort to come out and have a look, as well as the younger generations too because many entered the competition and their friends came to support them," she said.
"The average time we had people staying at the show in the past was about four hours but this year, we think having the truck show encouraged many people to stay for the entire day."
Next year, a new category – Workhorse Truck – will be introduced.
"It's not always the prettiest truck that does the best job," said Doecke.