Lismore's truck challenge carries a lot of weight
EXTREME feats of strength and endurance will test locals to the limit next week when Lismore hosts the second Hernes Freight Sevice 30 tonne Truck Challenge.
Founder Severino Da Roit said he came up with the idea of pulling a 30 tonne b-double truck in 2012 when he saw a model truck.
"Back in 2012 I saw a model b-double on the counter of Stuart Hernes Freight and my mind started ticking over and I came up with the idea of the 30 tonne truck challenge," he said.
"It's great that the North Coast National have come on board to present this year's truck challenge."
Teams of four competitors, men, women and mixed genders pull tug-of-war style on a rope attached to the truck 20 metres along Lismore's Carrington St.
"In 2012 the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre Gymnasium team pulled a 30 tonne truck 20 metres in a time of just one minute and 47 seconds," Mr Da Roit said.
"If no team pulls the truck the required distance the team that pulls it the furthest will win."
Mr Da Roit said in the 2012 truck challenge all seven teams managed to pull the truck 20 metres.
"The all female team of roller derby girls pulled the truck 20 metres as well," he said.
Gladiator strongman Derek Boyer is coming to Lismore to compete in the eight event North Coast Petroleum Transport Lismore Gladiator Challenge to be held at the North Coast National on Friday and Saturday.
"Derek will be in Lismore on Friday to do an unveiling of a plaque on the 1.1 tonne rock he lifted outside Oakes Oval in 2012," Mr Da Roit said.
"He lifted that 1.1 tonne rock on the 26th of January 2012 and broke his previous record which was 760 kilograms."
Mr Da Roit said locals shouldn't be afraid of taking on Mr Boyer.
"It's quite possible that a local person could take on Derek and become the Gladiator of Lismore," he said.
The truck challenge kicks off at 5.30 pm on Thursday.