Rocky and Barbie Black take grand-nieces Tahlena White (left) and Ayla Nimmo with them on the road as they rode in honour of family member Trevor Elliot.
Rocky and Barbie Black take grand-nieces Tahlena White (left) and Ayla Nimmo with them on the road as they rode in honour of family member Trevor Elliot. The Chronicle

Convoy sheds light on lost mates

HORNS blared through the rhythm of rain on Saturday as a vast convoy of trucks snaked a path to Gatton.

The annual Lights on the Hill trucking memorial drew more than 470 trucks and their drivers from across Queensland, all driving in memory of truckers lost on the roads.

CB radios were blaring with messages of support (intermingled with colourful language) as the drivers all tuned in to Channel 40.

The airwaves were thick with everything from nonsense to philosophy as the convoy wound its way down the Toowoomba Range.

"Considering the weather, it was a fantastic day," organiser Juanita Hohn said.

"Next year is the 10th memorial we've held, so it's going to be even bigger and better."

We were listening:

Channel 40 was booming with traditional truckers' humour on Saturday. Here are some of the best calls.

  • "There's nothing like giving your truck a chamois in the rain!"
  • "Up it Wazza! Up it!"
  • "Mate, your skirt's hanging out your door."
  • Caller 1: "What time are the trucks leaving? I'm on my way"
  • Caller 2: "Buddy, we left 20 minutes ago. Catch up."
  • "I'll shout you one when we get there Baz."
  • "Bob Katter's party will fix this bloody road. We'll get the bypass in quick smart."


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