Truckies from up north just love the deep south

JAMIE HOWELLS-COSSON
Last updated 05:00 25/09/2012
Ian Sedding, of Papatoetoe, with his Kenworth in Invercargill yesterday as part of the South Island Classic Truck Tour.
DOUG FIELD/Fairfax NZ

EXCELLENT: Ian Sedding, of Papatoetoe, with his Kenworth in Invercargill yesterday as part of the South Island Classic Truck Tour.

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North Island truckers love the south.

Participants in the South Island Classic Truck Tour had many kind words to say about their southern counterparts when they arrived in Invercargill yesterday.

Wairoa native Glen Mcsporran was enjoying the tour and said everyone he had met had been extremely friendly.

The South Island was much more welcoming than the north, he said.

"If I could find the work, I'd shift down here."

He also praised the organisational skills of event co-ordinators Simon Vincent and Bob Murton.

"They're on to it all right."

Mr Murton said after three years he was getting the hang of organising truck runs.

Although there were 120 trucks in the tour there was no major road congestion as not all trucks left at the same time each day, he said.

Cambridge resident Tim Ross's favourite part of the tour was driving through Arthur's Pass.

The tour had been "absolutely fabulous", he said.

Aucklander Ralph Hume said Milford Sound was the most beautiful place he had ever been, while Papatoe resident Ian Spedding said the trip had been excellent.

"It's been brilliant; we've been really lucky with the weather."

The tour featured vintage trucks from the 1930s to the 1990s.

A stop was made at the Bill Richardson Truck Museum in Invercargill yesterday before the convoy left for Dunedin via the Catlins.

Jamie Howells-Cosson is an SIT journalism student.

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