More than 150 Big Rigs will roll from Sandgate to Maitland this Sunday, October 29, as part of the 23rd annual Newcastle and Hunter Truck Show and Transport Awareness Day at Maitland Showground.
The primary aim of Transport Awareness Day is to promote the awareness and close the gap between the community and drivers who are navigating the roads every day.
And what better way to achieve this than by attracting thousands of families across the day.
A feature of this year’s event will be a life-size replica of the much-loved Mack character from the Disney movie Cars.
Mack will be parked up in the kid’s entertainment area with children having the chance to get up close and personal to the huge Mack truck, have photos taken and meet the Transporters Australian driver.
“We knew we wanted our kids entertainment to be industry focused and MACK from the Disney movie Cars was the obvious choice,” committee member Jo Perrett said. “I must say though the interest, especially from social media, has been crazy and we can’t wait to see the kids faces when they see him in real life.”
There will also be jumping castles thanks to Megamania along with face painting and arts and crafts thanks to the Bunnings crew from Maitland, and all of this is free for families coming to the event.
Drivers have spent most of the week preparing their trucks for the convoy and show, polishing metres of chrome and shining hundreds of wheels for their chance to win best in show.
“We are expecting our biggest turn out to date,” committee member Leonnie Carter said.
“We have had calls all week from drivers wanting to join us from all over NSW, the support has been overwhelming”
The convoy of trucks will depart from Sandgate Markets, Rural Drive at 8.30am sharp, with Ronald McDonald riding shotgun in the lead truck.
The trucks will then travel along Wallsend Road, Pacific Hwy, New England Highway and then enter the showground via Louth Park Road.
The best vantage point to watch the convoy would be as they turn onto the Pacific Highway of Wallsend Road, Hexham McDonalds and then along Louth Street as they reach the Showground at approximately 9.30am.
The committee have praised the generosity and support they receive from the transport industry within the region. The convoy and the show would not be possible without it.
Organisers are encouraging people to buy their tickets online prior to the event to gain express entry and beat the queue. Adults are just $5 with kids 16 and under free.
For more information visit www.newcastletruckshow.com.au.