Pen­rith Truck Show

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‘I love the show. It’s good for the in­dus­try, it’s great for fam­i­lies and it gives me a chance to catch up with my mates’. It’s a bit long winded, but if there was to be a gen­eral state­ment re­lat­ing to the 2014 Pen­rith Work­ing Truck Show, that would be it. With this year’s event be­set by rain and mud, the chrome still shone through and in the words of or­gan­is­ers ev­ery year the show ‘just keeps get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter’. With a grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion as one of the best show & shine events, and a load of fun for the whole fam­ily, it is easy to see why the show keeps get­ting big­ger ev­ery year. With over 250 trucks parked in the grounds sur­round­ing the Mu­seum of Fire at Pen­rith in Syd­ney, mu­sic all day and free rides for the kids, there was some­thing for the whole fam­ily. Even the rain that sat­u­rated the crowd spo­rad­i­cally dur­ing the day could not halt pro­ceed­ings; it just made all the trade stall own­ers happy as the crowds squeezed into their stands to get out of the rain. Com­ing all the way from Queens­land for the show was Jon Kelly and the boys from Heavy Haulage Aus­tralia, bring­ing with them a fleet of chrome drenched Mack trucks deep into what is tra­di­tion­ally Ken­worth coun­try. It was the HHA crew’s fifth out­ing to Pen­rith with Jon Kelly en­joy­ing the show be­cause of the strong com­pe­ti­tion thrown up by the lo­cal trans­port com­pa­nies. It wasn’t all about the red bon­net badges and bull­dog mas­cots though, with a healthy mix of Western Stars, Freight­lin­ers and Euro­pean trucks in at­ten­dance. One prom­i­nent truck that man­ages to stand out ev­ery year is the Scuz­ztrans Western Star 3800E. Em­bla­zoned with a Ned Kelly theme, the truck is adorned with an Aus­traliana theme, right down to wooden panel­ing in the floor of the sleeper. It’s the sort of qual­ity truck that the Pen­rith show at­tracts, and hav­ing to be a work­ing truck means that it’s not a trailer queen like the trucks seen at Amer­i­can show & shine events. Mark, the event’s or­ga­nizer, is proud of what he has helped to cre­ate with his 150 strong team of vol­un­teers on the ground dur­ing the day, and a brains trust run­ning ev­ery­thing be­hind the scenes. Ac­cord­ing to Mark; “We were on course for a record at­ten­dance be­fore this rain scared some peo­ple off. All in all, the show keeps get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter ev­ery year, but we couldn’t have pulled this off with­out the as­sis­tance of all our helpers and spon­sors”. With many trade stalls set up dur­ing the day, one stand out dis­play was that of lo­cal auto elec­tri­cal firm A& I Auto Electrics. The dis­play was perched in a trailer built in just ten days just so it could be part of the show stand, with ev­ery­one glad the A & I boys had built a can­vas roof into the de­sign. The trailer was flanked on one side by two rather flash Ken­worth cabover trucks fea­tur­ing A & I supplied stain­less prod­uct, and on the other side an im­pres­sive five poster bull bar fea­tur­ing laser etch Ken­worth sym­bols on the side pan­els of the bar. With nearly 17000 through the gate, and the com­peti­tor list com­pletely sold out, this year’s Pen­rith Work­ing Truck Show was a suc­cess for all in­volved. Ex­cept for any­one who had to clean up af­ter the muddy mess made by kids, both of the small and mid­dle age male va­ri­ety.

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