The iconic ‘Haulin’ the Hume’ event for classic trucks this week became another casualty of the lockdowns and restrictions affecting the nation.
Chief Organiser Bruce Gunter expressed disappointment but said the current circumstances made planning for such events very difficult.
Haulin’ the Hume has been running every two years since 2011 and was last held in 2019 which marked the 40th anniversary of the infamous Razorback Mountain truck blockade.
Running where possible along the route of the original Hume Highway, the event traditionally has seen up to 300 classic trucks travel from Liverpool on Sydney’s outskirts to Yass in southern New South Wales.
“With the current state of the nation and the month to month uncertainty, it’s impossible to organise this with the blessing of each Council, RMS and Police jurisdiction,” Gunter said.
Originally scheduled to be held in April of next year, Haulin’ the Hume will now look at being held in 2023 in place of the similarly themed Victorian-based ‘Crawlin’ the Hume’ rally.
“Chances are that we may organise a few short notice interim runs but Haulin’ the Hume as we know it will not be on next year,” said Gunter.
“Crawlin’ the Hume organiser Robert French has kindly returned the favour from a couple of years ago and has given us their 2023 date to work toward so let’s hope that we see some sort of normality return over the next year so we can get on with life.”
In addition to providing enjoyment for the participants and the many people who line the roadsides as the procession of commercial vehicles passes, Haulin’ the Hume raises valuable funds for charities including more than $150,000 for Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT).