Big beauties on show
THE Rosewood Showgrounds will be a Mecca for truckies and truck lovers this Father's Day.
Scores of impressive rigs will be on display at the inaugural Big Banger Truck Show and Trade Expo, and friendly drivers will be on hand to share stories and promote safe road use.
The recently-formed truck drivers' advocacy group, Transport People United Inc, has organised the event to showcase top trucks and promote a healthy relationship between truck drivers and other road users.
Secretary Kay Paul said the show would appeal to families as well as truck enthusiasts.
"The show is being held as part of the Rosewood Festival and we'll have live music, market stalls and other entertainment," Ms Paul said.
"There'll also be some great trucks on display - some that have already registered have amazing airbrushed artwork and great lighting effects."
Ms Paul said truck drivers had a lot of pride in their vehicles, and the show gave them an opportunity to have their efforts recognised.
"Truck owners can enter seven categories, including best fleet, best in show, best artwork, Golden Oldie and more," she said.
"We're hoping to get as many trucks as possible and people can register up until 8am that day."
Ms Paul said the day would also be an opportunity for other road users to chat with truck drivers.
"We're really hoping to reach people, especially young people, and explain how they can drive safely around trucks," Ms Paul said.
"One of the big issues we have with car drivers is when they come to a sharp stop in front of a truck, usually at a red light.
"Overtaking trucks can also be difficult, and we'll be sharing this message with lots of people who attend."
Ms Paul said the advocacy group had chosen Rosewood as the site to host their first major event due to it being a hub for drivers.
"We have members from Lowood, Regency Downs and Toowoomba, so the showgrounds will be a nice central point," she said.
"It's also near a major highway so we'll be able to reach people who use the highway regularly."
Ms Paul said the event would run from 9am to 6pm on Sunday, September 2, at the Railway St grounds.
Entry is free for spectators. Truck drivers can enter their vehicles for $50.
Phone 0488 234 553 to register a truck or find out more.