Truck News


The envelope please: National Truck Driving Championships Winners

No doubt you’ve all been waiting for results from the National Truck Driving Championships held in Moncton September 6-9. The Home Hardware team from Ontario was especially strong this year. According to Ontario’s Ewen Steele, “They (the organizers in Moncton) thought they would pull a fast one when they put a sleeper cab on the tandem-tandem division. But it turns out that was the exact same type of truck that (Grand Champion) Shawn Matheson drives at work.”
This is a great event as I strongly believe truck driving skills should be celebrated. The National Championships have run every year since 1947 and first one was started by John Goodman, founder of the OTA.. This year’s version involved 500 participants and volunteers from across Canada. But, as I mentioned in an earlier blog, it’s getting harder to get drivers and sponsors involved in this thing.
Kudos to the tireless volunteers who put this together, and the forward-thinking sponsors. Check out the link to youtube videos of the event below.
Straight Truck – 2 axle:
1st Joe Kuntz, Home Hardware, Ontario
2nd Keith Franklin, Canadian Freightways, Alberta
3rd Danny Maltais, Sim-Tran, Quebec
Single-Single – 3 axle:
1st Marc Leger, Transport Robert, Quebec
2nd Wayne Burnett, Home Hardware, Ontario
3rd Calvin Briggs, Grimshaw Trucking, Alberta
Single Tandem – 4 axle:
1st Jeff MacLean, SLH Transport, Ontario
2nd Louis Gauthier, Groupe Jean Coutu, Quebec
3rd Steve MacPhee, Day & Ross Transportation, Atlantic
Tandem Tandem – 5 axle:
1st Shawn Matheson, Home Hardware, Ontario
2nd Paul Mills, Canada Safeway, Alberta
3rd Steve Schwenker, Q-Line Trucking, Saskatchewan
1st Ken Wiebe, EBD Enterprises, Manitoba
2nd Adam Besse, Canadian Freightways, British Columbia
3rd Shawn Pieschke, TDL Group, Atlantic
Grand Champion: Shawn Matheson, Home Hardware, Ontario
Team Trophy: Team Ontario

Harry Rudolfs

Harry Rudolfs

Harry Rudolfs has worked as a dishwasher, apprentice mechanic, editor, trucker, foreign correspondent and taxi driver. He's written hundreds of articles for North American and European journals and newspapers, including features for the Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Life and CBC radio. With over 30 years experience in the trucking industry he's hauled cars, steel, lumber, chemicals, auto parts and general freight as well as B-trains. He holds an honours BA in creative writing and humanities, summa cum laude.
All posts by

Print this page

Have your say:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *