HARD YAKKA | EVENT- Penrith Working Truck Show 2018

Warren Caves takes a weekend off to visit the Penrith Working Truck Show – Photography by Torque it Up 

Having started out in our bi-centennial year of 1988, the Penrith Working Truck Show this year celebrates its 31st event and retains its reputation for remaining a highly popular date on the truck show calendar.

This year, as always, there was plenty of entertainment on offer to keep truck enthusiasts, young and old, entertained.

Country music fans were not to be disappointed with a star-studded line-up playing throughout the day, including Troy Cassar Daley, Amber Lawrence, Travis Collins, Missy Lancaster and the Viper Creek Band, all providing a toe-tapping soundtrack to the show.

The kids were treated with balloon art carefully constructed into all manner of animals and objects, rides and carnival stalls, and the “Little Big Rigs” remote control truck arena.

The big kids were also not left out with a comprehensive display of trucks, new and old, meticulously lined up and displayed with an abundance of chrome, stainless steel and polished aluminium reflecting the perfect sun-soaked weather along with the sweet smell of tyre-shine dripping onto the grass.

All rides, balloons, face painting and shows were free after entry.

Pre-show, owners and drivers cast off the dirt and grime of a working week on the road to transform these workhorses, from diamonds in the rough to show pieces not reflecting the toil they endure in their working life.

As a driver of a hard working truck myself, it’s a real credit to the owners and drivers of these trucks that they scrub up so well. With some of them showing odometers into the millions, it takes a great deal of pride and commitment to keep these trucks looking this good while still getting out and earning a dollar. Hats off to you gentlemen and ladies! Judging by the size of the crowd, their efforts were more appreciated than they may think, and it is these dedicated guys and girls that make shows like this such a success.

Flintstone Mack, Super-Liner, Kenworth 950 and 900 of the Legend series, Volvo, New Mercedes Actros, Isuzu, MAN, UD, Daff and Scania were all represented by their owners, and trailers from Muscat, Krueger and more.

Trade displays were on show with truck and equipment manufacturers, such as Volvo, Mack, Western Star (Penske Power Systems), UD, Jost, Muscat Trailers, Kent Collision & Kustom, and Signs Lines & Scrolls, with each and every one showcasing their equipment and services.

Penske Power Systems had its Western Star Road Star 50th anniversary model on display, with Matt Harrison giving PowerTorque a guided tour inside – pointing out the features installed, such as an electrically raised bed, which, when elevated, exposes the lounge and table area with a sink and hot and cold running water, a microwave, cappuccino maker and multimedia unit. A perfect fitout for a real working truck and available straight from the dealer.

All in all, a great day was enjoyed by all, with outstanding weather. Special thanks should also go to the Museum of Fire and its organising committee, and the team of volunteers, as these events take a great deal of work, and pleasing everyone is a tough job.

Not everyone wins a prize – that’s not really what it’s all about. It’s about getting out there and proudly displaying your truck, be it a small Isuzu or a Kenworth B-double. All participants share a prize in the knowledge that, big or small, old or new, they are providing an essential service to the community, and the effort they put in to the presentation of their rigs is appreciated by all that attend these shows.

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