Memorial convoy now at racetrack
AFTER 12 years of massive growth at Gatton Show- grounds, this year's Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy is moving.
Trucks were spilling out of last year's convoy celebrations, hence the move to the Gatton Racecourse.
LOTH secretary Juanita Johnson said the new venue had 16ha of room just in the middle - more than twice the space at the showgrounds.
That meant more parking for trucks and the 10,000 patrons set to attend this year's memorial convoy day on February 28.
Ms Johnson said you could bet this year's event would be "bigger and better".
"The racecourse can fit hundreds of trucks."
Brisbane Truck Centre is sponsoring big-ticket performer Adam Brand, while the McAlister Kemp duo will perform one of their last shows together.
This has got to be one of the best line-ups the LOTH memorial convoy has ever had and is sure to attract thousands of people, helping raise money for the families of truck drivers who lost their lives doing the job they loved, as well as charities.
Ms Johnson said about $30,000 was given to charities after last year's event and some $30,000 was spent on upgrading the memorial, which included wheelchair access.
But every penny will count, with the group's future plans including building facilities in major cities where families of truckies injured on the road can stay while their loved ones are in hospital.
The committee has done a lot of work to ensure all donations to LOTH are now tax deductible.
Ms Johnson said the growth of the event last year was "phenomenal".
There were about 400 trucks in 2013 and 600 last year, however the committee did not expect a sharp increase this year after last year's downturn in some sectors.
That shouldn't stop the people coming through the gates however.
Last year the most amount of trucks the committee ever had were parked overnight as their drivers decided to party on, listening to the great entertainment on offer.
Thankfully the police were running a "blow-and-go" operation where truckies could test their alcohol levels the next morning.
Due to the location of the event, the committee is not permitting glass bottles of any kind into the venue and they will check everyone.
The music will start at 9am and finish at midnight.
There is ample camping on site and car parking for a gold coin donation. Register for camping and the convoy online at www.lightsonthehill.com.au. From 10.30am to 1pm there will be no vehicle access inside the venue gate to allow for trucks, but street parking will be available.
Last year police were booking drivers for having unrestrained passengers, including those in the bunk, so make sure all passengers have seatbelts.