Some of the trucks at the Penrith Working Truck Show this year. Photo Contributed by Ian Lee
Some of the trucks at the Penrith Working Truck Show this year. Photo Contributed by Ian Lee Contributed

Penrith truck show excites just like it’s Christmas

THE Penrith Working truck show is more than just a truck show.

It is not only the chrome work and trophies that attract the majority of people, either as entrants or spectators.

A general feeling of goodwill is felt, sort of like Christmas, but with more diesel fumes.

From the owner driver with a single truck, through to the big fleets, no one is above anyone else, and everyone appreciates the work involved. The family and social aspect is also big drawcard for the Penrith Working truck show, which is now in its 26th year.

It was a good indicator of the camaraderie that still exists in the trucking industry today.

As the sun rose on April 7, it shone over 220 trucks, new and old, all polished and tyre shined to the hilt.

A free breakfast was handed out by the Wales Truck Repairs BBQ team, to bleary eyed owner transport operators. The late night before was due to owners staying up late, polishing their rigs, one would assume.

One person tucking into a bacon and egg roll was Kel Cuthell, the patriarch of the Cuthell Transport family.

With more than 20 years of coming to the show, Kel and his son have setting up their stand to a fine art. With no definite brand loyalty, a couple of Macks and a Kenworth flank the Cuthell's latest investment: a brand new Case excavator.

Kel's attendance at the truck show was lucky as 12 months ago a stroke took him out of action.

But he has come back strong, even calling both charity auctions that were scheduled on the day.

Charity seemed to be a common theme, with many operators saying that was the reason they were there, like Joseph from Silky Civil.

"I'm excited and buggered, but I'm here for the kids and the families," he said.

Silky Civil's newest Western Star trucks were on show, their stand a family affair with all involved wearing Silky Crew shirts.

Brand new trucks were on show for the day as well, with a few dealers bringing in their latest products to be scrutinised, prodded and poked by the trucking community. One such manufacturer was Scania, who brought along their recently released Scania R560 6X2, a truck which according to the manufacturer runs excellent fuel economy figures.

Clancy's Truck and Trailer, the local Mack dealership were also set up, although the majority of their work was done inside their tent, selling Mack merchandise to a willing public.

A prominent long-running stand at the show is the Jeffsann fleet, with all ages of commercial vehicles being shown in the line-up, from a 1942 Chevrolet pickup right through to a 2010 Mack Superliner.

Asked what the best thing about the Penrith Working Truck show was, Luke Refalo replied "it's good for the industry, it's good for everyone to get together for a good cause".

Billed as "fun for all the family", the truck show delivered on its promise, with 20 different free rides, live music, face painting and fairy floss.

Show organiser Mark White said more than 18,000 people attended the show, and entrant places had been filled three-and-a-half weeks before the big event.

"The success of the show is due to the transport companies, owner drivers and general public, who should be thanked for coming together to help make this the best truck show in it's 26 year history," Mr White said.

Who is Ian Lee?

After a lifetime of reading up on everything automotive, Ian Lee has decided to try his hand at writing motoring articles himself.

With 10 years experience at a dealership, and a knack for remembering obscure information, Ian now covers trucks, motorcycles and cars in his articles, running as a freelancer so he isn't stuck with any one discipline of vehicles.

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