The Fennell Forestry Truck Pull challenge is back!

The event will return to the Mount Gambier Showgrounds on Saturday 8 October 2022 due to popular demand, following a two year COVID-19 hiatus

The free community event has been held annually in Mount Gambier since 2013, drawing national attention and support from within the timber, truck and transport industry, local business and the community.

Almost $150,000 has been raised for children’s charity, Variety SA, during this time.

Nominations are now open to six-person teams wanting to give the feat a crack for themselves and race head-to-head and against the clock for truck-pulling glory.

An unloaded Fennell Forestry Kenworth A-Double weighs 24.5 tonnes and all team members will use human-power only to get the wheels turning.

Getting the truck and trailers along the 80m course and over the finish line will be no easy job for each team, with every second crucial in this monumental race against time.

Fennell Forestry Managing Director and event organiser Wendy Fennell said community support was the driving force behind the 2022 event.

“A public poll released on the event Facebook page confirmed what we already believed. Interest in the truck pull is still strong after all these years and people are waiting for its return,” she said.

“This event has been a local success story since 2013 and we’re looking forward to bringing it back in full force.”

Several teams are already registered to participate, while major event sponsors The Barry Maney Group and Trident Tyres have confirmed their support once again.

Long-time supporter, Adelaide strongman Jordan “Biggie” Steffens will also be back, bringing with him strongwoman Brooke Prichard, as they take on each other and the A-Double in the ultimate show of strength.

All funds raised will go to Variety SA, via the owners of Bash car #140, The Jelly Bean Machine. This follows the retirement of local Bash stalwarts Trevor and Yvonne Sims, after 20 years.

“Trevor, his wife Yvonne, family and Bash car #58 have been staunch supporters of the Fennell Forestry Truck Pull over the years, with funds raised from our event helping boost their already significant contribution to Variety SA,“ Ms Fennell said.

“We welcome their daughter Tracey, son-in-law Mark Robinson and the car #140 team, as we continue to raise funds for this respected children’s charity.”

To pledge your support, visit and be sure to select “CAR #140”, so your donation can be added to The Jelly Bean Machine fundraising tally.

For more information, event updates, get in touch with our organising team, become a sponsor or register a team, head over to our event Facebook page