Big rigs impress judges

April 13, 2018

Josef Bellerini congratulates Barry Dickson on his recent success at the Oaklands Truck Show.

Two Cobram men dominated proceedings at the 10th annual Oaklands Truck Show on March 24 and 25, wiping the floor with an array of awards.
Barry Dickson and Josef Ballerini impressed judges and fans alike, with Mr Dickson’s Kenworth 1993 T900 truck winning the major prize of outright rig of the show. Mr Dickson also took home the people’s choice award, voted on by fans.
Mr Ballerini’s K200 big cab Kenworth model also made a huge impact at the show, finishing second in the outright rig of the show category.
He also claimed best truck under three years old as well as the lights on the hill award for the most dazzling lights.
Mr Dickson said winning the major award was an enormous thrill.
‘‘To win outright rig of the show out of 80 to 90 trucks was unbelievable, a huge honour,’’ he said.
‘‘I built this truck from nothing and the process all started about 14 months ago.’’
He believes there is a huge demand for the vintage Kenworth, with the maker just releasing a new model, the Kenworth T900 legend.
Mr Dickson said it had always been a goal of his to buy and restore a classic truck to take to events like Oaklands.
He said the timber oak floor inside the truck was just one of its eye-catching features.
Mr Dickson was pleased to share the experience with his friend Mr Ballerini.
‘‘Josef is a local truck driver in the area and it’s an absolute credit to him the way he keeps his truck in such great condition,’’ he said.
The pair is already eying off further accolades at the Alexandra Truck, Ute and Rod Show, considered by the pair to be an even bigger event than the well-regarded Oaklands show.
‘‘That one is in mid-June and is one of the biggest on the calendar,’’ Mr Dickson said.
‘‘Trucks come from all over the place to compete, much like at Oaklands, so it should be a bit of fun and hopefully we can clean up again.’’

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