In Pictures: Lights On The Hill

By: Greg Bush, Photography by: Greg Bush


IMGP2524 The trucks await the call to depart Citiswich Industrial Park at Bundamba. IMGP2524
IMGP2534 K.S. Easter’s Kenworth T409SAR led the westbound convoy. IMGP2534
IMGP2583 The Lockyer Valley Shire Council’s Mack tipper bore a tribute to late mayor Steve Jones. IMGP2583
IMGP2589 K.S. Easter’s FH Volvo is a truck show regular. IMGP2589
IMGP2595 Scotty Christoff risked a spot of sunburn for this photo. IMGP2595
IMGP2626 Travelling farm workers Leigh Bowdler (left) from the UK, and Esmee De Wit from the Netherlands, came to see what all the fuss was about after visiting the Lights On The Hill Memorial at Lake Apex Park. IMGP2626

Major format changes added up to a great couple of days for the 2016 Lights On The Hill Memorial Convoy

 

There was little hesitation when K.S. Easter received an invitation to lead the westbound section of the Lights On The Hill convoy on Saturday, October 1. However, it didn’t have as far to travel as previous convoys.

In a major change, the starting points of the twin convoys were moved closer to Gatton in a bid to keep the trucks grouped together.

The eastbound convoy began from the new industrial area at Roches Road, Withcott, while the westbound convoy originated from Citiswich Industrial Park, Bundamba.

The other major changes were moving the date from February to October – evading the oppressive Queensland summer heat – and transforming it into a two-day event.

As per 2015, this year’s Lights On The Hill was held at the Gatton Racecourse.

A Lockyer Valley Regional Council-owned Mack tipper, bearing a tribute to the late mayor Steve Jones, led the eastbound convoy, arriving at the Gatton Racecourse well before the K.S. Easter-led westbound convoy. Steve Jones passed away in February this year at the age of 54.

Scotty Christoff had the honour of driving the lead truck from Bundamba; a Kenworth T409SAR, one of 13 K.S. Easter trucks in the convoy and the showpiece of the fleet.

"The 409 is a personal favourite, and Matty Easter loves it," Scotty says.

"They’ve only got five of the SARs, but this is the best looking one. It’s got a lot more bling on it than some of the others."

As well as Kenworths, Easter’s fleet had a number of Western Stars and, of course, it’s show-stealing FH Volvo with eye-catching flaming stallion artwork. Scotty however remains unimpressed with the Volvo’s flashy credentials. "It’s got flashy paint … it’s just on a Volvo," he grins.

Lights On The Hill committee president Kerry Wilkins was pleased with the turnout, and while he couldn’t put a finger on truck numbers, the participation proved to be a big thumbs up for the event's new format.

"It’s been a huge turnout," Kerry says. "We’ve got a helluva lot of people here, our camping ground is chock-a-block, there’s not a cloud in the sky, great music, great atmosphere and a great mob of drivers.

"There’s not much more we could ask for."

The Saturday convoy was followed by top-line country music entertainers, a Sunday memorial at the Lights On The Hill wall at Gatton’s Lake Apex Park, before a return to the track for more music plus the NRL Grand Final shown live on the huge screen, supplied by Big Screens Australia.

 

 

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