Truck ex­trav­a­ganza has pulling power

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Et­david­sey­mour

ME­CHAN­I­CAL mar­vels pulled in the crowds at this year’s Truck­fest ex­trav­a­ganza, while or­gan­is­ers were on hand to pull them out of any sticky park­ing sit­u­a­tions.

Europe’s largest truck event Truck­fest rum­bled into Peter­bor­ough’s East of Eng­land Show­ground yes­ter­day for the an­nual two-day bo­nanza, now in its 30th year.

Or­gan­is­ers Live Pro­mo­tions Events are ex­pect­ing in the re­gion of 100,000 peo­ple to at­tend the event by the close of to­day’s events.

With re­cent weather cre­at­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of some sticky sit­u­a­tions for some car park­ing ar­eas the or­gan­is­ers had teams of helpers and even a trac­tor on hand.

Ex­hibitors and traders had been given a phone num­ber to call should their Truck­fest turn into a stuck­fest, but in the end on a hand­ful of driv­ers ex­pe­ri­enced prob­lems.

How­ever, one of those was ET re­porter David Sey­mour who was grate­ful to stew­ards for a help­ful push.

Robert Lim­ming, di­rec­tor of Live Pro­mo­tions Events, re­ported “a lot of happy peo­ple” among the vis­i­tors and said the “vast ma­jor­ity” were leav­ing the site with­out in­ci­dent.

He stressed the firm’s com­mit­ment to over­com­ing such chal­lenges.

He said: “We will do what­ever it takes. We are a pro­fes­sional out­doors events com­pany. We have been in busi­ness for 40 years, we know what’s re­quired and we will do it.”

A record 1,500 trucks are on dis­play at this year’s event, with ex­hibi- tors com­ing from across Europe.

Other items on the bill in­clude mon­ster trucks, bike stunt shows and guest ap­pear­ances by such celebri­ties as Coro­na­tion Street’s Chris Foun­tain, Ice Road Truck­ers’ Lisa Kelly and darts cham­pion Mar- tin ‘Wolfie’ Adams.

Mr Lim­ming said it was more than just an event for the haulage trade.

He said: “It’s about mum, dad and the kids.

“It’s the op­por­tu­nity to take your­self out of your ev­ery day life.”

CROWDS: Tens of thou­sands of vis­i­tors are ex­pected over the Truck­fest week­end. (METP-06-05-12AS099)

GOT IT COV­ERED: A trac­tor, inset, was on hand to help any cars which might have strug­gled to ne­go­ti­ate a few ar­eas of the car park. Pic­tures: ALAN storer

ICE MAIDEN: Ice Road Trucker Lisa Kelly signs au­to­graphs. (METP-06-05-12 AS121)

STREET STAR: Coro­na­tion Street’s Chris Foun­tain meets the crowds in the main arena. (METP-06-05-12AS148

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