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Tony Northam from
the Taree Rescue Squad is excited!
Last Sunday's Weekend on Wheels event was again a
hit with the community and despite a lack of sleep
over the last few days, Tony and his team are
already looking to make the 2014 event bigger and
better than ever.
second annual Weekend on Wheels was enjoyed by close
to 5000 people from both the Manning Valley and
interstate, who all came out to see major displays
by Team Army, car club, hot rods, drag cars, vintage
bikes, cars, trucks, local businesses, drag boats,
street machines and a motor rebuilding competition.
There was also a great food hall manned by Taree
Scouts, jumping castles, McDonald Farm, live music
"We made sure that we had something for everyone, so
it turned into a great day out for all the family,"
The event has been the brainchild of Tony and the
other members of the Taree Rescue Squad, who thought
it was important for them to give back to the local
With the help of their major sponsors, Weekend on
Wheels continues to grow and although it's a time
consuming exercise, Tony said he and his colleagues
just love putting it on and seeing the community
"More often than not we're seeing people in bad
situations so this event is a great way to keep
people aware of what we do, but to do it in a
friendly, happy environment," he said.
Taree Rescue Squad began in 1975 and is the primary
rescue unit for the Manning Valley, often being the
first on the scene of accidents and rescue
Every member is highly trained and the group uses
high-tech, specialised equipment to assist where
The money raised from events like Weekend on Wheels
will go towards updating and maintaing their vital
equipment, where possible.
To learn more or to enquire about becoming a member,
head to the website
repeatedly colour the conversation of Tony Northam -
“over the moon”.
The words spill from the Taree Volunteer Rescue
Association fundraising co-ordinator as he tries to
describe the success of the Weekend On Wheels on
Sunday, May 27.
“How can I say it? We were over the moon with
everything, really everything,” Mr Northam said.
“We were over the moon with the numbers of people.
We expected about 2000 people on the day but we got
more than 3000.
“From around 10.15am we were inundated with people
and they just didn’t stop coming all day, we were
over the moon.
“Our event also broke a Shannon’s Super Rig Display
Truck record. They clocked 1562 people through their
truck, which is the second highest number in the
State. Shannon’s was over the moon with the success
of the event! They said we got more people through
that truck than the V8 Supercars event - I found
that hard to believe but Shannon’s count everything
and the figures tell the story.
“They will be back to the event next year!”
The Shannon’s Super Big Rig Display also featured a
Goggomobil Dart vehicle, the make that was made
famous by Shannon’s successful insurance advertising
campaign, and racing simulators that attracted the
interest of adults and children, indeed 1562 people
sat in the simulators and tapped into their inner
The financial success of the event is still be
finalised but it’s $8500 and rising. The event
secured funds from general admission fees of $2 per
person or $5 per family, vehicle and trade display
entry fees, dyno machine useage fees and the motor
rebuilding competition entry fees.
Mr Northam said he hoped the final figures will
reveal a profit of around $10,000 for Taree
Volunteer Rescue Association.
More than 300 sets of wheels filled the grounds next
to Taree Leagues Club from 8am. Street machines,
dragsters, hotrods, bikes, cars captured the eyes
and imagination of the men, women and children who
streamed into the grounds.
The atmosphere was relaxed and according to Mr
Northam, six bands added an awesome sound to the
event - Earnest and Young, Lucy and Gabbie, The Sick
Lads, Kavit, Believe The Hype and Purple Sheep and a
surprise 40-minute performance by 2004 Toyota Star
Maker winner, Travis Collins.
The event also provided car and bike enthusiasts
with an opportunity to display their vehicles and
compete for one of 42 trophies which ranged in
classifications from vintage, custom, utes, paint
work, artworks and muscle.
There were 131 entries from up and down the coast
with Dennis Berriman taking home a haul of six
trophies. Mr Berriman travelled from Newcastle with
his 2005 Harley Davidson and claimed the trophies of
Best Custom, Best Bike, Best Rat, Best Display, Best
USA and Best In Show.
View event photo gallery