Truckies Celebrated at 2020 Castlemaine Rotary Truck Show

As trucks rolled into Castlemaine on Sunday morning, a large crowd turned out to cheer them on. Without a doubt the Rotary Club’s convoy to celebrate the 32nd Castlemaine Truck Show was extremely well received.

Castlemaine Rotary President Christine Barkla paid tribute to the transport businesses who turned out to make up a convoy of nearly 40 trucks and a vibrant audio-visual spectacle for the community, the first big public event since COVID restrictions have eased.

‘The convoy and online activities have been very well received by the community and we are grateful to those who have made a small donation to show their appreciation,’ Chris said. ‘The truck show is normally our biggest fundraiser for the year, but we’ve had to do things differently in 2020.’ The donation portal remains open for those who would like to support Rotary’s work in the community —

Best Presented Convoy trophy, sponsored by Daimler Truck & Bus Australia Pacific, was awarded to Owen Leech’s 1966 International R200 which gave him the honour of leading the parade with his grandchildren in the cab.

Best Presented truck in the 2020 Convoy


Dustin Martin’s grandmother Lois Knight came out to view the famous Richmond Truck and gave her stamp of approval to the decal and DTARGU plates.


Announcement of the ‘At Work with Trucks’ Photo Competition results created much interest. The judges assessed 54 photographs received from as far away as Queensland and South Australia. Winner of a Waeco fridge freezer sponsored by Used Trucks was Shaun Teven from Ballan. Runner up prizes sponsored by Lowes Petroleum Service went to David Postan from Queensland, Keith Thompson from Castlemaine, and Darrell Jennings from Golden Square. People’s Choice sponsored by Chapman’s Framing & Photography was awarded to Kate Norman of Shepparton.

Winner of the At Work with Trucks photo comp

With some generous prizes sponsored by Geoff Hocking, Maine Civil, Endota Spa Daylesford, CMV Truck & Bus, and Williams Adams CAT, raffle sales raised just over $3,000. First prize of the painting went to Matt Driscoll, 2nd prize of the fuel voucher went to John Schuster, 3rd prize of massage went to Leech Earthmoving, 4th & 5th prizes of Mack Merchandise went to Angus Fortune and Ron Brandson, and 6th prize of CAT merchandise went to Bill Matthews.

‘We give thanks to all our sponsors that made this event a success,’ Chris said, ‘in particular the Mount Alexander Shire that worked closely with us to ensure the Truckie’s Breakfast was COVID safe. MAXI IGA have been amazing with their support as have Don KR helping out with the pre convoy breakfast, proceeds of which went to support the Campbell’s Creek Sports Ground.’

While not everyone could make it to Castlemaine, over 4,000 Facebook followers have avidly followed the event and there was a reach of up to 10,000 people for popular posts. An online program of speakers including heavy vehicle researcher Rod George and author Lorraine Day kept trucking enthusiasts engaged and primed for next year’s truck show which is scheduled for 27–28 November 2021.

To make sure that no-one forgets, ‘At Work with Trucks’ 2021 calendars sponsored by Kenworth DAF are now on sale, featuring the photographs entered in the competition, for sale @ $35 including postage at

Until then, the wheels of the trucking industry will keep turning to benefit us all.

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