Heavy metal parade comes to town
Southland welcomes annual eventLAUREN HAYES
A bumper convoy, horns blaring, took to the streets during the annual Southland Truck Parade.
Almost 180 trucks chugged along Bond and Tweed streets in Invercargill yesterday afternoon, watched by spectators rugged up against the cold.
Parade organiser Mark Purdue said the event had been "absolutely awesome" despite the poor weather, with trucks of "all different shapes and sizes" taking part.
To celebrate the Invercargill Fire Brigade's 150th anniversary, the parade also included 12 vintage fire trucks among the usual array of big rigs, which had helped increase parade numbers, Mr Purdue said.
D T King driver Robert Hall took the wheel of a restored 1942 International for the parade, which had been with the company "since day one".
The truck had been restored a few years ago but this was the first parade he had been allowed to drive it, he said.
Results were not known last night.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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