White Hill Truck Drivers’ Memorial Convoy

By: Peter and Di Schlenk , Photography by: Peter and Di Schlenk


More than 50 trucks took part in this year’s White Hill Truck Drivers’ Memorial Convoy in honour of lost friends and loved ones

White Hill Truck Drivers’ Memorial Convoy
Guests on the back of a tautliner. (Left to Right): Bette Phillips, Brenton Lewis (Mayor Murray Bridge), Aaron Pederick (MP), Tim Watson (Salvation Army), Liz Martin OAM and Kevin Wood, founder and president White Hill Truck Drivers’ Memorial.

 

Back in the good old days, Murray Bridge, 80 kilometres east of Adelaide, was generally the first stopping point for all those under-powered trucks that slogged their way up and over the Adelaide Hills.

On any evening, the road houses over the bridge would be full of truckies who had stopped for tea.

And so it was fitting that on November 23, 2014, the White Hill Truck Drivers’ Memorial was officially unveiled on Murray Bridge’s Adelaide Road – the very same road that everyone rushed up and down to get to Melbourne.

This year’s induction ceremony and service was held on November 5 at 11am.

Earlier that morning, two convoys gathered – one in Adelaide and the other in Keith – and made their way to Murray Bridge, merging together to form one cavalcade.

This year more than 50 trucks, many with banners honouring lost friends and loved ones on the grill or bullbar, joined in the procession. They made their way down White Hill through a crowd that numbered in excess of 500.

Once parked, the ceremony commenced with an opening prayer from the Salvation Army’s Tim Watson. Following the prayer, Murray Bridge mayor Brenton Lewis, MP Adrian Pederick and National Road Transport Hall of Fame founder Liz Martin spoke to those gathered.

White Hill Truck Drivers’ Memorial founder and president Keith Wood told those assembled that the two sections of the wall – one dedicated to truck drivers and the other to those who have lost their lives in any work associated with the transport industry – had been named in honour of Tamika and Khaleb Hourn, who tragically lost their lives while travelling in a truck with parents Sharon and Darren. They are depicted shooting an arrow over to each other.

At the conclusion of the service, the convoy regrouped and did a couple of laps of the town, heading down the main street, through the riverbank precinct with horns blaring and finishing up at the Murray Bridge racecourse for a fun family afternoon.

It was a well organised day, highlighted by the auction and log book throwing contests, and with the sun shining there was plenty of undercover seating.

 

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Gallery: White Hill Truck Drivers' Memorial Convoy

The best photos from the memorial gathering at the Murray Bridge racecourse earlier this month.

 

THE WINNERS

Best Truck of Show

1st          Leo Kelly

2nd        Darren Deal

3rd         Toy McNicol

 

Best Memorial Tribute Truck (People’s Choice)

1st          Damien Staker

2nd        Justin Wenham

3rd         Steven McKenzie

 

Best Truck Under 2 Years

1st          Toby Kilpatrick

2nd        John Dunn

3rd         Adam Sage

 

Best truck 2-8 Years

1st          Darren Deal

2nd        Luke Chomel

3rd         Bryant Day

 

Best Truck 9-15 Years

1st          Justin Wenham

2nd        Tony McNicol

3rd         Eddie McArdle

 

Best Truck Over 15 Years

1st          Leo Kelly

2nd        Damien Staker

 

Best Truck Over 1 Million Kms

1st          Tony McNicol

2nd        Bryant Day

3rd         Justin Wenham

 

Best Fleet of Trucks

1st          Gilberts Transport

2nd        Eades Transport

3rd         McArdle Freight

 

Best Rigid Truck

1st          Tanya Whitrow

2nd        Steven McKenzie

 

Best Vintage Truck

1st          Kym Whitrow

2nd        RobbIe Dolphin

3rd         Kym Whitrow

 

Best Graphics

1st          Eddie McArdle

2nd        Kym Whitrow

3rd         Jerome Taylor

 

Best Sign Writing

1st          Eddie McArdle

2nd        Darren Deal

3rd         John Dunn

 

Best Interior

1st          Leo Kelly

2nd        Darren Deal

3rd         John Dunn

 

Most Chrome

1st          Darren Deal

2nd        Justin Wenham

3rd         Adam Sage

 

Most Aerials

1st          Darren Deal

2nd        Damien Staker

3rd         Jerome Taylor

 

Best Lit Truck

1st          Kym Whitrow

2nd        Justin Wenham

3rd         Adam Sage

 

Cleanest Engine Bay/Driveline

1st          Eddie McArdle

2nd        Leo Kelly

3rd         John Dunn

 

 

 

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