See these trucks up real close
THE chance to see a working fire truck up close and personal is every little kid's dream.
Lucky for them, they'll get the chance to see exactly that at this year's Penrith Working Truck Show, where more than 200 of Australia's finest trucks gather at the Museum of Fire.
The unique feature of the show is that each truck must be a working truck and not just a show-piece or collectors item.
Each truck is entered into one or more of 25 different categories to compete for trophies for the best in each class.
Drivers spend hours cleaning and polishing their prized possession in an attempt at being declared the best truck in their class.
Organisers of the show said the award of a trophy at the Working Truck Show has become an industry icon and prestigious recognition for the owner.
Museum of Fire chief executive officer Mark White described the show as the "best family show in the country” as people came from all over the country to not only enter their trucks but to see what the show had to offer.
But it wasn't only the trucks that drew the crowds, the show was well-known for its country music elements too, Mr White said.
"Our star-studded line-up is looking wonderful, we have The Wolfe Brothers, who won four Golden Guitars in January,” he said.
"This is the best show in this country by a golden mile.”
Others in the line-up include Dan Murphy, Brad Butcher, Viper Creek Band, Christie Lamb, Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont.
The Museum of Fire, located in the old Penrith Power Station, 1 Museum Drive (off Castlereagh Road) opened as Australia's only dedicated Fire Safety Education Centre in 1986.
Mr White said most people don't understand the show and museum's relationship with the fire trucks.
"People forget that the fire brigade delivers their service on trucks,” he said.
He said children visiting the show loved seeing the fire trucks and the fire brigade.
"It's about the good things in the community and values of helping others, it's a good role model in the transport industry,” he said.
"They get up close and personal and see they're a valuable part of the community.”