Rigs on show: 2018 Pen­rith Work­ing Truck Show

The 2018 Pen­rith Work­ing Truck Show, held re­cently at the Mu­seum of Fire, was as spec­tac­u­lar as ever with sen­sa­tional weather, an enor­mous range of flash rigs and smiles as far as the eye could see. Cobey Bar­tels writes

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Back for its 31st year and more pop­u­lar than ever, the Pen­rith Work­ing Truck Show at­tracted a crowd close to 20,000 from around the coun­try and more than 250 shiny trucks were parked up look­ing their best.

Kids went nuts with un­lim­ited rides on the 22 amuse­ments, while fam­ily fun on of­fer in­cluded street per­form­ers, food trucks and a stel­lar coun­try mu­sic line-up … that’s if you could take your eyes off the trucks on show!

Four-time ARIA-award win­ning coun­try mu­sic icon Troy Cas­sar-Da­ley took to the stage at

3pm, draw­ing a large crowd of de­voted fans and amp­ing up pa­trons be­fore the tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tion be­gan.

Among the dozens of cov­eted awards on of­fer, there was one par­tic­u­larly spe­cial tro­phy this year, ded­i­cated to the late Chris Sul­tana, founder of Cam­sons Trans­port. The Chris Sul­tana Memorial Tro­phy for Best Ken­worth Tip­per was awarded to Grim­trans for its spec­tac­u­lar 2007 Ken­worth K104 tip­per.

“It meant a lot to win an award ded­i­cated to such an icon in the in­dus­try, and from a com­pany like Cam­sons that rep­re­sents them­selves so well on the road,” Grim­trans di­rec­tor Damien Grima says. “This par­tic­u­larly truck is driven by my fa­ther Charlie Grima and it carts quarry ma­te­ri­als out of the Blue Moun­tains.

“Charlie founded the com­pany 37 years ago, back in ’81! We’ve been com­ing to the Pen­rith Work­ing Truck Show for 20 years now.”


Chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Mu­seum of Fire and event or­gan­iser Mark White says the memorial award was a highlight of the show and paid trib­ute to a true hero of the trans­port in­dus­try.

We’ve been com­ing to the Pen­rith Work­ing Truck Show for 20 years.

“The trib­ute to Chris Sul­tana was im­por­tant and he’s such an iconic fig­ure, fam­ily and friends trav­elled from around Aus­tralia,” Mark says. He says im­prove­ments made to the show helped to pro­vide the very best ex­pe­ri­ence for pa­trons and took the show to an­other level.

“We made sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments this year, cov­er­ing in­fra­struc­ture, qual­ity of rides, tick­et­ing process and over­all value of­fered for pa­trons, and the whole show rose to an­other level.

“That was re­flected in the way the show pre­sented it­self and we con­tinue to keep push­ing to en­gage the community.”

Mark ex­plains the event is run solely by vol­un­teers, no small feat when you con­sider tens of thou­sands of peo­ple come through the grounds each year and hun­dreds of trucks roll in!

“I do this vol­un­tar­ily and so do the other 150 peo­ple that helped or­gan­ise this event. Ev­ery part of the show is or­gan­ised by the Mu­seum’s team, and we’re ex­tremely proud of what we’re able to achieve and what we stand for. The Pen­rith Work­ing Truck Show is syn­ony­mous with the Mu­seum of Fire and it shows the depth of sup­port we have – the Mu­seum has be­come such an iconic part of the community.”

The show rep­re­sents the pos­i­tive side of the trans­port in­dus­try, Mark says, in an era when we hear a lot about the neg­a­tive el­e­ments of the game.

“It re­ally show­cases the very best of the trans­port in­dus­try in a tough cli­mate. We’ve got con­stant me­dia about in­spec­tions and de­fects and it’s nice to see the show highlight the best of an in­dus­try,” he says.

“Ninety-nine per cent of our sup­port comes from small business and the sup­port of some the fam­i­lies, their phil­an­thropic con­tri­bu­tion, it’s just fan­tas­tic.”

The Syd­ney Clas­sic and An­tique Truck Show is the next event on the cal­en­dar for the Mu­seum of Fire, held on May 27 at its grounds.

1. One of our favourites on the day, the Para­galli Haulage T900 tip­per stand­ing proud 2. An­other win for Jeff­sann Plant Hire; its tough old 1985 Mack Su­perliner won Best Prime Mover + Tip­per Trailer up to 2014 3. The Jeff­sann Plant Hire Mack Gran­ite...

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