Troy Calteaux’s second attempt at the National Excavator Operator Competition paid off for the Otago representative who works for Andrew Haulage in Dunedin.
The bearded big boy from the South cleaned up overall to take the trophy to the South Island for the first time in many years.
Defending his home turf Jim Beamsley came second in amongst tough competition this year and his charm and big smile earned him the Humes’ Good Bastard Award, an accolade often said to be as valuable as the trophy itself – as everyone wants to work with a ‘good bastard’.
The ‘One Day Job’ event, sponsored by this magazine, was won by Dan Mepham. It involved a ‘real industry’ project using a five tonne machine. The task is equivalent to a full-day task, but must be completed in just 60 minutes and be scoped, priced and planned by the competitor. Judging is based on an interview about costs and materials and the actual completion of the task.
Third in the overall national competition was the defending champion for the past two years, the much respected gentleman of the competition – Steve Galbraith. Resigning from any more regional competitions, Steve has committed to by a judge in the 2019 NEOC.