Events aplenty

Owner Driver - - News - GREGGREGBUSH BUSH

THERE MUST be some­thing about the month of March that in­spires the truck­ing com­mu­nity to hold a truck show.

In fact, on the week­end of March 18-19, there are no less than four truck shows tak­ing place, three of which are in New South Wales.

These are the Pen­rith Work­ing Truck Show, the Har­den Truck & Trac­tor Show, and the Oak­lands Truck Show.

This year the Pen­rith show will cel­e­brate 30 years in ex­is­tence, while the Oak­lands and Har­den shows have come to promi­nence in re­cent years.

The other truck event is the Kyabram Vin­tage Machin­ery Rally in Vic­to­ria, which this year will in­cor­po­rate the 7th Aus­tralian White Truck Muster.

The White Muster is held ev­ery sec­ond year, al­ter­nat­ing with the Kyabram Mack Muster which is due to take place on the week­end of March 17-18, 2018.

April is equally busy with truck events. The Can­berra Con­voy for Cancer Fam­i­lies has moved to the new date of April 2, avoid­ing the Fe­bru­ary sum­mer heat.

Later in the month the Camp Qual­ity Vic­to­ria Con­voy will take place. This event re­places the Camp Qual­ity Gee­long Con­voy which had been held in mid-Fe­bru­ary the past cou­ple of years.

Be­tween those two is Haulin’ The Hume in NSW, a bi­en­nial con­voy which al­ter­nates each year with Vic­to­ria’s Crawlin’ The Hume.

How­ever, the month of May will be an im­por­tant one on the Aus­tralian cal­en­dar as far as the truck­ing in­dus­try is con­cerned with the run­ning of the Bris­bane Truck Show.

Held ev­ery two years, the Bris­bane Truck Show has grown in stature since its hum­ble be­gin­nings in the late 1960s to be­come Aus­tralian trans­port’s pre­mier in­dus­try event.

Held at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, it prom­ises to be an­other well-at­tended event with an im­pres­sive bunch of new mod­els from the likes of Ken­worth, Isuzu, Hino and Mercedes-Benz, just to name a few.

Over the past 10 years, man­u­fac­tur­ers have had the op­por­tu­nity to show­case their wares in the west a few months later with the run­ning of the bi­en­nial Perth Truck and Trailer Show. Un­for­tu­nately, rea­sons un­known, this event will not take place in 2017.

Premiere Events, the reg­u­lar or­gan­iser of the Perth Truck and Trailer Show, in­di­cated to Owner//Driver that the show was “tak­ing a break” this year and was wait­ing on con­fir­ma­tion from the Mo­tor Trade As­so­ci­a­tion (MTA) of Western Aus­tralia for dates in 2018.

Owner//Driver is cur­rently seek­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tion from the MTA on the show’s fu­ture.

The Perth Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in July 2015. Un­for­tu­nately there will be no Perth Truck and Trailer Show tak­ing place this year

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