Community shows out for Colac Truck & Ute Show

Colac Truck & Ute Show

Truck and ute enthusiasts found home over the weekend, congregating in Colac to show off their rigs and bond over a common love at the Colac Truck & Ute Show.

With over 120 trucks lining up for display, show organiser Daniel Williams says they couldn’t believe the support from their community.

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“We had so many more trucks than we imagined. It was much better than last year.”

The rain managed to spare them the day, with 23-degree weather and a slight overcast providing the perfect lighting and backdrop for pictures.

Organisers couldn’t pick a favourite (Image: Diamonds and Diesel Photography)

With a diverse showing of rigs new and old, Williams says he couldn’t pick a favourite.

“I don’t think there was any standout truck or one I could pinpoint,” he says.

“There were some pretty awesome trucks. From what I saw, they were all really shiny and nice-looking trucks.

In only its second year of running, the show saw truckies come from all over the country.

“One of our stallholders actually came down from Sydney. It was nice that they travelled that far for us.”

Raising money for the Volunteer Emergency Services of the Colac Community, Daniel says they smashed last year’s fundraising efforts.

“We haven’t finalised our exact figure at this stage but it is estimated we have raised about $25,000.”

“It is up on what we made last year which is even better.”

Flashy rigs were all the rage (Image: Diamonds and Diesel Photography)

Williams says events like these are integral to communities, providing support and comradery.

“The effects of COVID meant events were few and far between for the community. It’s nice to get out and about to support our local volunteer emergency services.”

Competition was at an all-time high at the showgrounds, with truckies duking it out for trophies.

Truck of the Show went to Zac Cornwill and his 2023 Kenworth W900 SAR Legend, with Glenn from Land Transport’s 2022 Kenworth W900 SAR Legend narrowly coming second.

Best show/restoration truck was taken by Gordon Russell and his stunning 1963 International R190.

Local company Morris Transport swept the awards, taking 6 trophies home to display.

Colac Truck & Ute Show
Morris Transport took home 6 trophies at the Colac Truck & Ute Show (Morris Transport)

Their stunning fleet took out best 5-10 years, Peoples choice, runner up best local, runner up best European, runner up best highway and best fleet.

Peter Morris says it was great to receive such recognition in their hometown.

“It just made it even more special,” he says.

The team behind Morris Transport spent days preparing for the display.

The team behind Morris Transport (Image: Morris Transport)

“We started pulling the trucks off the road on Wednesday and had a lot of people polishing and doing everything to get them ready.”

“There is a lot of preparation that goes behind it.”

If trucks weren’t your thing, the show introduced a tarping competition and tug of war battle that got everyone involved.

For the little ones, jumping castles, face painting, mini train rides and mini golf kept them occupied all day.

Full list of winners:

Truck of Show

Winner: Zac Cornwill – 2023 Kenworth W900 SAR Legend

Runner-up: Glenn (Land Transport) – 2022 Kenworth W900 SAR Legend

Best Truck 0-5 years

Winner: Mick Lenehan – 2023 Kenworth W900 SAR Legend

Runner-up: Josh Dowie – 2023 Kenworth W900 SAR Legend

Best Truck 5-10 years

Winner: Alistair Goodman – 2017 Kenworth T909

Runner-up: Bradley McClean – 2017 Kenworth T900 Legend

Best Truck 10-20 years

Winner: Anthony Latorre – 2013 Kenworth K200

Runner-up: Mick Morris – 2006 Kenworth T904

Best Truck 20-30 years

Winner: Brent Price – 1994 Kenworth T950

Runner-up: Daniel Biggs – 2000 Kenworth T604

Best Vintage Truck 30+ years

Winner: Dale Cornfoot – 1988 Peterbuilt 379

Runner-up: Vaughan Niblett – 1974 Kenworth S2

Best Local Truck (Colac Otway Shire)

Winner: Leon Cole – 2023 Kenworth T909

Runner-up: Will McDonald – 2023 Kenworth T909

Best Highway Truck

Winner: Damian Toms – 2021 Kenworth T909

Runner-up: Simon Pimblett – 2023 Kenworth T659

Best Log Truck

Winner: Tyler Ryan – 2023 Kenworth T909

Runner-up: Daniel Groves – 2019 Kenworth T909

Best Show/Restoration Truck

Winner: Gordon Russell – 1963 International R190

Runner-up: Aaron Hie – 1997 International Shine 3600

Best European Truck

Winner: Tony Foranda – 2023 Volvo FM

Runner-up: Josh Robertson – 2014 DAF CF85

Best American Truck

Winner: Layne Moulds – 2022 Kenworth T909

Runner-up: Trevor Quigley – 2021 Kenworth W900 SAR Legend

Best Rigid Truck

Winner: Lachie Walters – 2021 Mack Superliner

Runner-up: Josh Orchard – 2021 Kenworth T410 SAR

Best Tipper Truck

Winner: Nick Sheedy – 2018 Kenworth T909

Runner-up: Jason Warburton – 2011 Mack Granite

Peoples Choice 

Winner: Alistair Goodman – 2017 Kenworth T909

Best Fleet (3 or more Trucks)

Winner: Morris Transport

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