The largest road rally of its type is driving through Wollondilly and spectators can expect to see 300 restored trucks and buses.
On Saturday, April 8 the Western Sydney Historical Truck Club will hold its fourth bi-annual Haulin’ the Hume road rally.
A collection of privately-owned historical commercial vehicles will leave from Hawkesbury Showground at Clarendon in the early morning and will drive along The Northern Road taking in Luddenham, Bringelly and Narellan.
The convoy will then turn onto the old ‘Highway 31’ to take in Picton, Bargo, Yerrinbool, Mittagong and Berrima with the first scheduled stop at Goulburn.
The drivers will have lunch in Goulburn before continuing through Breadalbane, Gunning and finally finishing in Yass. They will cover a distance of 290 kilometres.
Organiser Bruce Gunter said the event started after he and his father restored an old truck.
“We went on a trek to Alice Springs in the truck and Dad said he wanted to go on the old highway when we got back,” he said.
“In Alice Springs, Dad took a turn and had to be flown home and I promised myself that if he came through I would organise the run.
“He came through and we advertised the run to our truck club. We wanted to raise money for the club.
“About 140 trucks came with us in 2011 and the numbers have grown each year. There will be about 290 trucks this year.
“The drivers will go back to a simpler time and pay homage to the pioneers of road transport and show respect to some of the legends of the industry, especially the ones who never made it home.”
Mr Gunter said the journey would raise money to help support ASPECT – Autism Spectrum Australia.
“The past three Haulin’ the Hume’s has seen close to $60,000 donated to help children with autism,” Mr Gunter said.
He said spectators were encouraged to take up a spot along the route to catch a view of the trucks and buses.
“The convoy is visually spectacular and anyone who love vehicles will love this event,” Mr Gunter said.
“Not many people get to hear or see the old commercial vehicles and the event celebrates the road transport industry.”
For more information, visit: Haulin’ the Hume – Highway 31 Road Run on Facebook.