Big rigs rock Lismore
CEDAR Whiting, of Rosebank, was resigned to spending Saturday morning traipsing about the Lismore shops with his dad when the riotous sound of horns heralded a far more exciting day for the three-year-old.
Less than a block away, scores of big rig trucks were making their way up Molesworth Street as part of Lismore's annual Truck Parade and Show.
"We were looking at airconditioners, but this is a lot more fun. Cedar loves trucks," said dad Michael Whiting.
No less than 120 shining prime movers, semis and B-doubles made the run from the Lismore Turf Club, up to the CBD and back in time for the truck show and Southern Cross University Cup race day.
Truckie Bevan Wise, of Murwillumbah, brought his two sons to Lismore to witness the spectacle, prefering not to take part because he hadn't had time to clean his truck after a run to Brisbane the previous day.
"It's just a good opportunity for all the local truckies to get together instead of always being out on the road," he said.
Out at the Turf Club, truckie's wife Kim Hayes, of Woodburn, said the drivers were a special breed.
"You know those kids who are always playing with their trucks in the sand pit? That's these guys," she said.
"It's a good job from a family point-of-view because we often go along too. It's not like jumping in the car and going from here to Sydney. For the drivers the whole road is their workplace and it's a big community out there."