PowerTorque’s Warren Caves relives the past lives of the Kenworth clan on display at the annual Clarendon Classic Rally – Images by Torque it Up.
The annual Clarendon Classic Rally hosted by the Sydney Antique Machinery Club was held over the weekend of the 16th and 17th of September, and, following on from the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Kenworth Klassic once again showcased the pride and affection that Kenworth owners have for their trucks.
The two-day event, as a whole, includes vintage trucks, machinery, tractors and tractor pulls, and stationary engines with rides, stalls and a general carnival atmosphere throughout the weekend and a designated area for the Kenworth Klassic displays.
The Clarendon Classic Rally under the organisation of Steve Muscat is a perfect partner for the Kenworth Klassic, with many Kenworth owners also members of the Sydney Antique machinery club. The static displays of the Kenworth Klassic are complemented by the more dynamic displays of the stationary engines and tractor pulls, keeping mechanical buffs and kids alike completely entertained for the whole weekend.
Entry is free for exhibitor truck, driver and passenger, whilst public gate entry for the event is $10 with all profits going to charity.
The lure of the event has spread far and wide with Kenworths rolling in from both interstate and locally for the weekend. Powered sites and exhibitor parking was provided on a first-in/best-dressed basis, and that was yet another reason for many to arrive early to secure their position.
A total of approximately 290 Kenworth trucks (out of a total of 600 trucks and commercial vehicles) gathered for the weekend from the latest 900 Legend provided by Kenworth Australia (as featured in this issue), to privately-owned fleets and single truck owners bringing their vehicles in all manner of condition. Whether it be polished and pristine glistening proudly in the sun, or work worn and tired with many a story to tell, the displays were diverse and all-encompassing, providing an opportunity for drivers and owners to catch up with friends and acquaintances.
Bruce Gunter, the Klassic’s co-organiser, said the event was once again a huge success, with the “laid-back, non-judgemental” theme of the show appealing to participants.
Bruce said, “I would also like to acknowledge the support from Kenworth/PACCAR Australia supplying promotional goodie bags with all manner of Kenworth merchandise inside, like hats, stubby holders and key-rings. Arranging to get the 900 Legend to the show was also a fantastic demonstration of support, and, locally, the team from Gilbert & Roach Kenworth Huntingwood has been fantastic”.
So impressed with the organisation and exposure they generated, Kenworth Australia rang the organisers shortly after the close of the show and committed to supporting next year’s event.
David “Chappo” Chapman, event co-organiser, who has a long association within Kenworth circles, also echoed Bruce’s comments in thanking Kenworth locally through Gilbert & Roach as well as nationally.
“It’s great to look through the crowd and see familiar faces wandering about. Motorsport legend John Goss was spotted along with Rod Adams, who is credited with selling the first ever Kenworth in Australia.
“I brought my grandkids out to the show and they loved it, it’s a good opportunity to let them learn about how machinery works and where it all started.
“It takes a lot of preparation for a show like this and costs a great deal of money to put on. But, Bruce is a great organiser, and with the mutual co-operation with the Sydney Antique Machinery Club and the Clarendon Classic Rally, the show is going from strength to strength each successive year,” concluded Chappo.