Some­thing for ev­ery­one in Bris­bane

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

Owner Driver - - The Goods -

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 lim­ited-edi­tion 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 Hanover.

Iveco had an ex­tra­or­di­nary range, all dressed up to show off their 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 their 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.

Trailer in­no­va­tion

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, stain­less-steel 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.

The 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.

Boy, if there’s one thing that the at­ten­dees of the Bris­bane Truck Show have in com­mon, it is cu­rios­ity. How many places in the world would you have such a gath­er­ing of clever peo­ple, with such a can-do ap­proach to solv­ing prob­lems in sim­ple and prac­ti­cal ways?

So, you put them all in a room – or many very large halls in this case – and they are over­joyed with the va­ri­ety of so­lu­tions that have been de­vised to ad­dress the chal­lenges of mov­ing freight in the safest and most pro­duc­tive way.

Clever fea­tures

Me­mories hark back to a few years ago when Freight­liner was show­ing off the Ar­gosy’s swing-out steps. You couldn’t keep any­one away. It might have had a few old-school blokes try­ing to pick a hole in it, but with­out fail ev­ery­one ad­mired and ap­pre­ci­ated the in­ge­nu­ity.

That’s what the Bris­bane Truck Show is all about. Some 300 ex­hibitors itch­ing to show you their lat­est prod­uct range, new mod­els and their clever fea­tures.

“That’s all good and well,” you may say, “but it’s all about be­ing prac­ti­cal.” Well sure it is, but in this in­stance, take the prac­ti­cal, add a shiny coat of paint, just the right amount of chrome and plus a se­ries of high-tech sen­sors for good mea­sure.

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.

Don’t for­get the other things go­ing on at and around the show. For in­stance, the 2019 show fea­tures the KPMG In­sights Cen­tre, with sem­i­nars, pre­sen­ta­tions and fo­rums all de­signed to add to your busi­ness smarts. The con­tent dif­fers each day of the show and fea­tures nu­mer­ous short and sweet ses­sions cov­er­ing use­ful top­ics rang­ing from bet­ter busi­ness, com­pli­ance, sus­tain­abil­ity, in­no­va­tion, and more.

Next door is the Jobs Cen­tre with a whole bunch of op­por­tu­ni­ties to talk about up­skilling, ca­reer de­vel­op­ment and even new job op­por­tu­ni­ties. There will be fur­ther an­nounce­ments about that over the next cou­ple of months.

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.

At the end of it, the so­cial hub is among the restau­rants and bars of South Bank. Time to en­joy one more bev­er­age, chill with friends old and new, and pre­pare for an­other day get­ting up close and per­sonal with the very lat­est and best prod­uct avail­able at the 2019 Bris­bane Truck Show.

The Bris­bane Truck Show re­turns to the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre from Thurs­day, May 16 to Sun­day, May 19, 2019. For in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets visit: www.bris­banetruck­

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