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

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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.

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