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Trucks on Show rolls into Sydney

Truck of the Show winner Rob Gorman is congratulated by Jodie Anderson.
Truck of the Show winner Rob Gorman is congratulated by Jodie Anderson.

THE Australian Trucking Association (ATA), in conjunction with ATA NSW and the Australian Trucking Convention, brought Trucks on Show to Sydney for the first time in May.

Trucks on Show was a celebration of all things trucking, with the past, present and future of trucking on display.

The day incorporated a historic vehicle display, a show and shine competition, a new truck display by industry leaders and trade displays from trucking suppliers.

Local club the Western Sydney Historical Truck Club (WSHTC) turned out in strength, showcasing a wide range of spectacular old machines in sparkling condition.

The ATA would like to thank WSHTC representative Brad Dwyer and all the members who attended and helped marshal trucks on the day.

A tanker rollover response presentation featured representatives from Fire and Rescue NSW, the Transport Industries Skills Centre, NTI and the Canberra & Regions Oil Industry Emergency Response Group Inc (CROIERG).

The presentation highlighted strategies and techniques used to ensure truck recovery response crews and emergency service personnel were trained to address hazards and minimise collateral environmental damage.

The industry issues forum got tongues going as members of the public asked questions of ATA directors in open forum, with topics ranging from speeding trucks to chain-of-responsibility issues.

The trade display showcased a wide range of the suppliers who service the trucking industry, and their latest products.

St Vincent's Hospital was also present, offering free health checks and putting their travelling Time Quest truck on display as the venue for the industry forum.

The health checks proved popular, reminding show patrons to take the time to think about their health.

The Tamiya Miniature Truck Club was a highlight of the day, with its scale miniature remote control trucks a huge hit with the crowds.

These miniature trucks come in a variety of combinations and types, including tip trucks, B-doubles and tanker trucks.

The miniature loading dock with excavator and service station were a great addition.

Some of the members showed off their skills by backing onto trailers, loading and unloading their trailers and changing combinations.

Another highlight of the show was the ultimate remote control roadshow by RC Hobbies, where attendees could drive, race and crash a wide range of remote control vehicles.

The Jet dragster, one of only two in the country, demonstrated its power by blowing down traffic cones which were metres away.

Free kids amusements kept the kids entertained.

Winners are grinners

The Trucks on Show day finished with show and shine trophy presentations in the afternoon.

The winners were:

 Best Restoration - Leppington Pastoral Company - 1952 Austin K2 tray top

 Best Historic - Peter Shaw - 1925 T.Model 1 Ton Tow truck

 Best Paint - Mark Culmore - 1965 International R-190 Table top

 Best Interior - Mark Richardson - 1972 Mack Flinstone prime mover

 Best Custom - Scott and Lisa McSweeney - 1993 Kenworth T900 Prime mover

 Furthest Travelled - Rod Hannifey - Truckright B double

 People's Choice - Rob Gorman - 2010 Western Star 4864 Semitrailer

 Truck of the Show - Rob Gorman - 2010 Western Star 4864 Semitrailer

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