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