Polished up in Perth: BP Show and Shine
Western Australia has had its first truck show and shine for years, and Matt Wood headed to the Perth Motorplex for a look
It turns out that I’m not as good as I once thought I was. The first ever BP Show and Shine held at the Perth Motorplex in WA had plenty on offer for those who wanted to look at shiny and not so shiny trucks, both old and new.
And, as there was a tarp tying competition, I figured I had to put the camera down and give it a go. I got my butt kicked by a big fella from Wise Haulage.
You had to tie seven tarp ropes in a minute and a half. I fumbled my way through five before the buzzer sounded. I therefore decided that the competition was stupid and stormed off to look at trucks and sulk a little.
There was a big turnout despite the grey skies – 17 fleets were represented and 146 trucks turned up on the day.
The show was organised by Julie Gavin, who some may recognise by her distinctive pink Western Star. And judging by the turnout, she was understandably chuffed with the event.
The Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls had their rigs on display, as well as familiar faces from ‘Outback Truckers’. Scattered among the bling were some historic bangers and some original-looking hardworking big rigs. The west is big truck country, after all.
It wasn’t just a static show. All trucks were inspected by a panel of judges and awards were handed out in 11 categories. But if you wanted to be a little more hands-on you could have a go at reversing a double road train for 30 bucks, the proceeds of which went to the McGrath Foundation.
In fact, other than covering the costs of the event, all other proceeds went to the McGrath Foundation – resulting in more than $15,000 being raised for the charity.
If you wanted, you could also try your hand at the tarp tying comp as I did, or compete in the truck pull, which saw plenty of sweaty red faces as the teams hauled a Mack Super-Liner down the course against the clock.
This all seemed like a lot of hard work to me. I would’ve tried something a little more sedate, but the bloke running the jumping castle told me to bugger off.
The well-travelled ‘Yogi’ won the tarp competition, while Matt Henderson took out the road train reversing gong with a very impressive 69 metres. The team from Wise Haulage proved they had some muscle and won the truck pulling competition.
You could have a go at reversing a double road train for 30 bucks.