Penrith Truck Show
‘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.