Convoy History


i98FM’s Illawarra Convoy has been a much-anticipated community event on the Illawarra calendar since it’s inception in 2005. The 2017 Convoy which was held on Sunday, November 19, raised an astounding total of $1,928,492 for The Illawarra Community Foundation.

The event which is now in its 13 year, saw 714 trucksand 931 motorbikes travel 70 kilometres from Illawarra Coal’s West CliffColliery at Appin, through the streets of the Illawarra, to finish up at the Croome Road Sporting Complex in Albion Park Rail. Registrations are open to all Truck and Motorbike enthusiasts who can take part for a $30 donation. Last week, the opportunity to take the coveted position as the lead truck in the Convoy was fought out live on air with Marty, Christie and Crammy. Winning top spot with a bid of $302,000 was the ‘Dandaloo Boys’, a group consisting of local businesses, The Dandaloo Hotel, Coastal Windows & Doors, Doherty Transport, Illawarra Engineering Services and Snare Fabrication.

In addition to the $302,000 winning donation, MJ Rowles contributed $213,447, Derek McMahon from the People’s Truck also contributed $172,000, along with Bingo Industries $100,000 and Illawarra Truck Repairs and Spares $90,000.

Leading the motorbikes in the Convoy with the winning amount of $70,513 was Carr brothers Motorcycles, followed by Caltex Illawarra at $42,000, Park Custom Bike & Tattoo Show $26,000 and the Mount Kembla & City Coast Motorcycles bid of $17,242.

This morning’s announcement now means that a total of $11,450,158 has been raised in the Convoy’s 13 year history.

All monies raised in this year’s event will go to the Illawarra Community Foundation who will distribute funds to local charities and families who are facing life threatening illness. Submissions for funding can be made at the Convoy website

To top off the day, a crowd of over 10,000 people attended the Croome Rd Sporting Complex in Albion Park to see Daryl Braithwaite, supported by The Potbelleez, Lyon Estate and Lah Lahs Big Band Show, and amazing motorcross demonstrations provided by Yatcon Civil and City Coast Motorcycles, and some of the world’s best FMX riders.

In 2005 when i98FM first set out to hold a Convoy, we could never have imagined how much the community would embrace our event the way they have.

Below are the figures for each year:

Year No. of Trucks No. of Motorbikes Total funds raised
2005 Approx 110 Approx 100 $47,978.70
2006 Approx 250 Approx 150 $93,829.96
2007 500+ 200 $179,555.45
2008 589 384 $287,967.70
2009 711 403 $341,487.33
2010 750 667 $536,234.75
2011 704 724 $691,570.01
2012 764 926 $1,034,921.54
2013 780 872 $1,191,816.22
2014 791 1,200 $1,539,907.00













Total funds raised since 2005 = $11,450,158