In driver's seat for transport awards

20:34, Aug 27 2013
Transport awards
THE MAIN EVENT: Sally McDonald completes the final touches for the NZ Transport Hall of Fame awards on friday night.

The trucks are polished, the shed scrubbed and vacuumed and the tables about to be laid.

They are the finishing touches after more than three months of work leading up to the NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame awards on Friday.

Event organiser Sally McDonald said putting the event together was time consuming but she shrugged off the months of work, hundreds of phone calls and hours of logistical planning with a smile.

Last year's inaugural event had been so popular that this year attendance numbers had been increased from 450 to 500 and a waiting list set up.

"I haven't actually advertised it this year, but we have a waiting list," Ms McDonald said.

The gala night will be held in the Bill Richardson Truck Museum, a special feature of the awards.

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Being surrounded by trucks and industry memorabilia added to the atmosphere of the evening, she said.

The awards would recognise the contribution of six members to the New Zealand transport industry, with three being made posthumously, she said.

"Just to get them all together in one space at one time of year is just a great opportunity for them to have a good old yarn and talk about the industry."

A charity auction will also be held, with funds going to the Proactive Drive Youth Driver Education Trust.

The Southland Times