PHILIPSBURG–More than forty truckers took to the roads in their monster machines on Sunday and snaked their way through the streets of St. Maarten and St. Martin in a unity rally to show gratitude and to pat themselves on the back for the enormous work they put in to help clean the island of debris after Hurricane Irma more than a year ago.
Dump trucks, trailer trucks, crane trucks and flatbed wreckers were all part of the rally.
One of the coordinators of the event, trucker Honoris Stanford, said the event was a way to thank truckers for their efforts after Irma littered the island with insurmountable debris.
Before the rally began, a number of truckers were honoured with plaques at the Galisbay parking lot. The Best-Looking Truck award went to David Lake; Rookie of the Year went to two truckers – Vedal Lake and “Ricky”; Most Consistent Truck went to Davey Lake and Fabiano Stanford; Most Customised Truck went to “Mario”; and most International Driver (local driver who works abroad) went to John Richardson and Anthony James. Stanford received a surprise award for his efforts in coordinating the event.
All truckers in attendance received tokens of appreciation awards to thank them for their efforts after Irma.
Stanford, a trucker for more than 17 years, operating in St. Maarten/St. Martin and abroad, said the rally began around 2:30pm with about 20 trucks and by late afternoon the number of participating trucks had more than doubled to over 40.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/85112-big-trucks-rally-in-show-of-gratitude-for-irma-clean-up