Stars on Show: Big roll up at West­ern Star Show’n’Shine

This year’s West­ern Star Show ’n Shine, held up on Queens­land’s Dar­ling Downs, boasted a big roll up of sparkling new trucks plus a few oldies from yes­ter­year. A sod­den War­ren Aitken sur­vived the down­pour to file this re­port

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The truck show sea­son may be start­ing to wind down, but one of the youngest shows on the cal­en­dar re­cently put on a Starstud­ded per­for­mance.

Fol­low­ing on from last year’s suc­cess, the se­cond edi­tion of the West­ern Star Show ’n Shine took place in mid-Novem­ber. It was lit­tle later in the year and a more than a few kilo­me­tres west of last year’s lo­ca­tion, but with just as much fan­fare and even more stun­ning ’Stars on dis­play.

The in­au­gu­ral show took place at Mount

Cot­ton in Bris­bane in Sep­tem­ber 2017. How­ever, for this year, Toowoomba Show­grounds was the venue, which tied in with Pen­gelly Truck and Trail­ers be­ing re­cently an­nounced as a Penske Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle dealer in the Dar­ling

Downs city.

The drive be­hind the West­ern Star Show ’n Shine, ac­cord­ing to na­tional sales man­ager Dale Chris­tensen, is cus­tomer re­la­tion­ships.

“It was born out of the de­sire to do some­thing for our West­ern Star cus­tomers,” Dale says. “We wanted to re­con­nect with our cus­tomers, on a more per­sonal level.”

In a world where it’s very easy to just be a num­ber it’s a wel­come re­lief to see such com­mit­ment to cus­tomer ser­vice. It’s not all talk though, the West­ern Star Show ’n Shine re­ally turned up the dial when it came to putting on a show. The prizes for the Show ’n Shine com­pe­ti­tion in­cluded flights, ac­com­mo­da­tion and passes to a Su­percars round. There were also fuel cards, light bars, truck fridges, mer­chan­dise and more. That was just the show prizes though; the en­ter­tain­ment was next level.

Su­per­car driv­ers Scott McLaugh­lin and Fabian Coulthard hap­pened to turn up at the ex­act same time Mother Na­ture de­cided to throw a wet and stormy fit.

The weather didn’t bother them or the hun­dreds of peo­ple keen to grab an au­to­graph and selfie, so the boys set up in­side the rather full tent that was keep­ing ev­ery­one dry. The weather may have meant a few ad­just­ments to the sched­ule, but the Penske team just rolled with the rain­drops and got on with it.

Thank­fully for those judg­ing the show,

Mother Na­ture held off long enough for them to com­plete their chal­leng­ing task. Pick­ing win­ners from the 80 en­tries was al­ways a tough ask. The va­ri­ety was im­mense, with al­most the en­tire West­ern Star range rep­re­sented, from 2800s through to 6900s.

A fair few clas­sic Whites were grac­ing the show­grounds as well.

The win­ners were all an­nounced be­fore

6pm, but the show didn’t end there. The evening was wrapped up with a very spe­cial show by Mick Lind­say and multi-ARIA Award and Golden Gui­tar-win­ning en­ter­tainer Troy Cas­sar-Da­ley. Many of the trucks and their fam­i­lies were camp­ing there for the night and the weather cleared for an awe­some coun­try con­cert. It’s fair to say the se­cond Show-n-Shine suc­ceeded in its goal: plenty of fam­i­lies were there to en­joy the day,

It was born out of the de­sire to do some­thing for our West­ern Star cus­tomers.

sur­vive the storm, ad­mire the trucks and dance the night away.

All in all, the West­ern Star Show ’n-Shine re­flected the West­ern Star truck ethos. It bat­tled through atro­cious con­di­tions and came out shiny and strong on the other side. The same can’t be said for my shoes; they were a wreck (I won­der if West­ern Star makes shoes?).

Any­way, here’s a sum­mary of the win­ners. I say sum­mary as my notepad was drenched hence I couldn’t keep track of all the run­ners-up.

• Truck of the Show: North Queens­land Truck and Ma­chin­ery’s 4800 ‘Phat Cat’, owned by Lau­rie Wil­liams

• Best West­ern Star (1-5 years): Brown Line­haul • Best West­ern Star (5-10 years):

Mansell Heavy Tow­ing

• Best West­ern Star (10 years plus):

Big Truck Parts

• Best West­ern Star Fleet: Case Line­haul

• Best West­ern Star Rigid:

Mansell Heavy Tow­ing

• Best Her­itage Truck:

Heavy Haulage As­sets.

It’s still all orig­i­nal, ex­cept for the chrome in­takes.

Above: Multi award-win­ning coun­try artist Troy Cas­sarDa­ley was a spe­cial guest at the West­ern Star Show ’n Shine. Troy and his band en­ter­tained the crowd into the night (Photo cour­tesy of West­ern Star)

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