Truck­loads of op­tions at Bris­bane Truck Show 2019

What’s your favourite fea­ture of the Bris­bane Truck Show?

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There are many iconic im­ages that cap­ture what makes the Bris­bane Truck Show so spe­cial. If you ask any at­tendee about the things that bring them back to the bi­en­nial event, how­ever, you’ll find a range of an­swers that pretty much all come from the same list.

For very good rea­son, the Bris­bane Truck Show is renowned as the place to be for a pre­view of the lat­est of­fer­ings from Aus­tralia’s wide ar­ray of truck and trailer man­u­fac­tur­ers and dis­trib­u­tors.

While it can lay claim to be­ing the South­ern Hemi­sphere’s largest au­to­mo­tive busi­ness event, the Bris­bane Truck Show is also the in­dus­try’s big­gest net­work­ing event – filled with beam­ing smiles as old friends, peers and col­leagues reac­quaint.

Of course, the big brands are on dis­play with all their lat­est gear and with­out ex­cep­tion, they all go out of their way to add some­thing spe­cial into the mix.

That some­thing spe­cial ranges from lim­it­ededi­tion models to long-an­tic­i­pated un­veil­ings, and to show­pieces brought in from over­seas.

In 2017, for in­stance, Pac­car un­veiled the Ken­worth Le­gend 900 along­side the rev­o­lu­tion­ary T610 and T610SAR and DAF’s new CF85; Freight­liner showed off the twin-stack Coron­ado, com­pet­ing for the lime­light with a stun­ningly re­stored 1950 A64-800 ‘Bub­blenose’. Sca­nia brought out a new S500, fresh from its In­ter­na­tional Truck of the Year award win in Han­nover.

Iveco had an ex­traor­di­nary range, all dressed up to show off its adapt­abil­ity; Mercedes re­vealed its much-touted rigid Ac­tros range; Of­froad Trucks showed us the in­cred­i­bly ver­sa­tile Ta­tra T817; and the Mack stand drew folks in with its im­pos­ing big, black Su­perLiner.

Hino had its new 4x4 300 se­ries crew cab; Isuzu show­cased the tradie ‘ready to work’ range; and UD launched the Quon.

It goes on and on, and I’ve only touched on the truck man­u­fac­tur­ers.

The trailer guys had in­no­va­tion in spades. There were new ways to tip them, new ways to buckle them, new ways to load them, new ways to gate them and new ways to open and close them.

There were alu­minium stock crates, stain­lesssteel tankers and high-tech ma­te­ri­als lin­ing reefer vans; there were skels, low-load­ers, flat-decks sit­ting on flat-decks, dogs, pigs, drop decks, mez­za­nines, cranes, ramps, dol­lies and any­thing else you could ask for.

Then you get into the com­po­nents, the en­gines, the tech­nol­ogy and equip­ment.

Don’t get me started.

Many vis­i­tors to the show high­light the amount of time it takes to ex­plore ev­ery cor­ner of the venue. Apart from stop­ping ev­ery 10 me­tres to say “g’day” to an­other old mate, that time is only fur­ther stretched out by the end­less ar­ray of com­pelling dis­plays.

Some 300 ex­hibitors are, of course, de­lighted by cu­ri­ous on­look­ers – ask­ing about the back­ground of some clever in­no­va­tion, or just dy­ing to get an in­sider’s view of how some­thing works.

You’ll see ev­ery­thing that you’ve al­ways loved but with im­proved safety fea­tures, greater fuel ef­fi­ciency, bet­ter com­fort, more in­tu­itive con­trols and still just as much grunt as you could wish for.

Ad­ja­cent to all that is ev­ery­one’s favourite meet­ing place – the Plaza Ter­race BBQ Bar. If you’re plan­ning on catch­ing up with an old mate, this is where it’s most likely to hap­pen – un­der an um­brella or in the sun­shine, re­galed by end­less tales re­counted over an ale around the ta­bles up there.

Of an evening there are func­tions go­ing on all over Bris­bane with ex­hibitors and their cus­tomers get­ting to­gether for din­ners big and small.

The Bris­bane Truck Show re­turns to the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre from Thurs­day, May 16 to Sun­day, May 19, 2019.

You’ll see ev­ery­thing that you’ve al­ways loved.

Above: With new models on dis­play and a num­ber of fa­mil­iar faces to take it in, the Bris­bane Truck Show has some­thing for ev­ery­one

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