2015 Haulin' The Hume

Web Cover HTHThis time around and without transport I was unable to participate in the third “Haulin’ The Hume” run along Highway 31 to Yass.  But I was at the starting point on the Friday afternoon to watch some of the trucks arrive at the Hawkesbury Showground, Clarendon.  Trucks had started arriving early in the day.  Some had travelled from Victoria and some from outback New South Wales.  I couldn’t help but notice the “Haulin’ the Hume” trailer with it’s magnificent signage...truly a beautiful piece of art and a credit to the organising team.

IMG 0519 ATwo of the early travellers had settled in to watch the incoming parade from their ‘balcony suite’ on the back of their vintage truck.  They appeared to be quite comfortable with drink in hand.

Reports from Bruce Gunter - Chief Organiser of "Haulin' The Hume"
- UPDATE 16th APRIL..............It's Over!!!
Never thought I'd be saying it but it's done. And what a great weekend. It wouldn't have been a success without the entrants or the hundreds of people who came to watch us. It sure is a great feeling to put so much effort in and be rewarded by seeing a smile on everyone’s faces.
Thanks to everyone who have put some of the brilliant photos up, especially Simone Ussher, Daniel Thornton, Jimmy Muscarella, Scott Gallo - your shots are amazing and they are bringing it alive for all of us who were driving and managed to miss a bit of it.

 - UPDATE 2nd MAY..............Give Yourselves a Round of Applause
Well finally, after spending some time sorting funds with the amazingly patient Linda Farlow, I am proud to announce just how much we have raised. The expenses are up there but the donations, sponsorship and support have allowed us to contact ASPECT with a figure that none of us had expected. After donating $8000.00 to Aspect in 2011, $14,000.00 ($10k to Aspect and $4k to a special needs school in Yass) in 2013, we were pretty stoked to tally up the result of 2015's effort.
So thanks to everyone involved, we will be making a donation of $25,000.00 to Aspect and also $5000.00 to a special needs group in Goulburn, so a total of $30,000.00. No wonder my boy is smiling!!
Apart from the money raised through entries, meals and sales of items, we had some brilliant people behind us - Jon Hope & Western Filters, Electrolux, Bernie Learson & Premier 1, Matt and Leanne Stephenson from MLS Truck Repairs, SX Trailers, Adrian Scott from Elite compliance, Sloanebuilt Trailers, Shannons Insurance, Chappo and Turnout from Northwest Trucks, Froggy's Tyres at Penrith, Bingo Group, Dave Lynch & Mack Trucks Sydney, Xpress Transport Solutions, Michael Cefai, John & Tracey Rehe, West-Trans Equipment, Bryan Webb & Goulburn Council, Peter Harvey & Yass Council, Lions Clubs, Rotary Club and Goulburn Workers Club, Steve Muscat and Tim Brodie from the Sydney Antique Machinery Club and Phil Cassels from The Pioneers who fed us on the Saturday night. Phew!!! It was a huge group effort!
Then of course there was the amazing talents of Peter from Surefire Signs in Chipping Norton who did the sign writing on the trailer along with all of our banners, stickers etc, Rob & Michelle Zavone from Vintage Truck and Commercials Magazine who have always supported us behind the scenes as well as allowing there very talented employee Adam to spend countless hours on our art design until I was happy with it all (I'm very painful) and Melissa Ann who works for Fairfax and assisted in getting some brilliant newspaper articles leading up to the event that resulted in so many people knowing what was going on and the phenomenal photo coverage that has graced the "Hauli' The Hume Facebook page.
BCLast but not least, I once again need to thank the committee of Haulin' who are all members of the Western Sydney Historical Truck Club - Brad, Westy, Ron, Steve, Richard, Darrell, Lynchy, Chappo, Turnout, Linda and John. This is not a one man show and without these guys, it simply wouldn't have happened. And of course there's my brilliant wife Rachel, I don't know how she deals with the kids AND me but she does it with style.
We will be doing it all again in 2017 so by this time next year I'll be working on a date. Keep the photos and videos coming, but on behalf of the countless parents who have children with Autism, me included, and also the staff and teachers from Aspect who work tirelessly to help these kids with their futures, thank you for making this a show to remember.
PHOTOS BY Bruce N Kaye Brown; Kyle Bailey; Jimmy Muscarella; Tamara Whitsed Journalist; Lisa Markham