The BP Truck Show and Shine


The crew from Wise Haulage rumble through the gates in the morning sun. The crew from Wise Haulage rumble through the gates in the morning sun. The crew from Wise Haulage rumble through the gates in the morning sun.
Well, if you’re going to tow a caravan, you may as well use a W model! Well, if you’re going to tow a caravan, you may as well use a W model! Well, if you’re going to tow a caravan, you may as well use a W model!
This really neat old SAR looked the goods. This really neat old SAR looked the goods. This really neat old SAR looked the goods.
Daynite Towing certainly had some bling going on. Not surprisingly they took out the Best Tow Truck gong. Daynite Towing certainly had some bling going on. Not surprisingly they took out the Best Tow Truck gong. Daynite Towing certainly had some bling going on. Not surprisingly they took out the Best Tow Truck gong.
Big kids could even have some fun. Big kids could even have some fun. Big kids could even have some fun.
WA is after all big rig country. WA is after all big rig country. WA is after all big rig country.
Show organiser Julie Gavin’s distinctive pink Western Star had pride of place. Show organiser Julie Gavin’s distinctive pink Western Star had pride of place. Show organiser Julie Gavin’s distinctive pink Western Star had pride of place.
A trophy winning Diamond T. A trophy winning Diamond T. A trophy winning Diamond T.
The tarp tying competition had punters racing the clock to get the job done. Unfortunately I sucked. The tarp tying competition had punters racing the clock to get the job done. Unfortunately I sucked. The tarp tying competition had punters racing the clock to get the job done. Unfortunately I sucked.
WA Truck Show Wood OWD 15 The truck of the show, Ryan Dimasi of Bandana Haulage took 12 days to detail this 4800 ’Star. Under the bonnet is a modified Cummins ISX with a custom manifold and turbo that puts out 784hp at the back wheels. An ECU remap also helped up the GGs. And before you ask, yep it’s a working truck that hauls plant and demolition rubble. WA Truck Show Wood OWD 15
Ryan Demasi was all smiles, with a tipper like that I would be too. The thing sounds like a freight train on the road. Ryan Demasi was all smiles, with a tipper like that I would be too. The thing sounds like a freight train on the road. Ryan Demasi was all smiles, with a tipper like that I would be too. The thing sounds like a freight train on the road.
There were also some young blokes who seemed very keen to fall off their motor cross bikes. There were also some young blokes who seemed very keen to fall off their motor cross bikes. There were also some young blokes who seemed very keen to fall off their motor cross bikes.
146 trucks turned out for the event. Next year’s show is already being planned. 146 trucks turned out for the event. Next year’s show is already being planned. 146 trucks turned out for the event. Next year’s show is already being planned.
I find it’s a lot more fun to drive them rather than pull them. I find it’s a lot more fun to drive them rather than pull them. I find it’s a lot more fun to drive them rather than pull them.
Some of the award winners line up for a shot with their trophies. Some of the award winners line up for a shot with their trophies. Some of the award winners line up for a shot with their trophies.
WA Truck Show Wood OWD 27 Cathy Foreman puts the finishing touches on Sludge’s 379 Pete, Cathy has also been known to steer it on occasion. The C-15 under the bonnet has been tweaked more than a bit. At one stage it was rated at 730hp but he decided to dial it back a little. This truck gets out and dirty though with regular runs delivering fuel through the mid-west and south west of WA. Sludge says: “It was always a dream to own a Peterbilt.” This Frank Christie conversion is rated at 140 tonne and has a 78-inch bunk behind the cab. The theme was inspired by the old song ‘Phantom 309’. WA Truck Show Wood OWD 27
WA Truck Show Wood OWD 16 Paul “Sludge” Andrews and his Phantom 379 Peterbilt will be a familiar face for viewers of Outback Truckers. Apparently Paul got his nickname after overdoing it with the jugs of amber ale on his first night in Fremantle. WA Truck Show Wood OWD 16

We headed to the Perth Motorplex for the BP Truck Show and Shine for a look at Western Australia's first truck show and shine for years

 

It turns out that I’m not as good as I once thought I was. The first ever BP Show and Shine held at the Perth Motorplex in WA had plenty on offer for those who wanted to look at shiny and not so shiny trucks both old and new.

And as there was a tarp tying competition I figured I had to put the camera down and give it a go. And I got my butt kicked by a big fella from Wise Haulage. You had to tie 7 tarp ropes in 1 and a half minutes. I fumbled my way through 5 before the buzzer sounded.

I therefore decided that the competition was stupid and stalked off to look at trucks and sulk a little.

There was a big turn out despite the grey skies, 17 fleets were represented and 146 trucks turned up on the day.

The show was organised by Julie Gavin who some may recognize by her distinctive pink Western Star prime mover. And judging by the turn out she was understandably chuffed with the event.

The Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls had their rigs on display as well as a few familiar faces from Outback Truckers. Scattered amongst the bling there were also some historic bangers as well as some very original looking hard working big rigs. The West is after all big truck country.

It wasn’t just a static show. All trucks were inspected by a panel of judges and awards were handed out in 11 categories. But if you wanted to be a little more hands-on you could try your hand at reversing a double road train for 30 bucks. The proceeds of which went to the McGrath Foundation.

In fact other than covering the costs of the event all other proceeds went to the McGrath Foundation with resulted in over $15,000.00 being raised for the charity.

If you wanted you could also try your hand at the tarp tying comp as I did or compete in the truck pull which saw plenty of sweaty red faces as the teams hauled a Mack Superliner down the course against the clock. All of which seemed like a lot of hard work to me, I would’ve tried something a little more sedate but the bloke running the jumping castle told me to bugger off.

A bloke called Yogi won the tarp competition, while Matt Henderson took out the road train reversing gong with a very impressive 69 metres. The team from Wise Haulage proved they had some muscle and won the truck pulling competition. 

 

Winners

Truck of the Show: Ryan Demasi

Best Rigid: Tony Leete

Best Tow Truck: Daynite Towing

Best Truck 1997-2006: Perry Black

Best Truck 2007-2012: Glenn Salamone

Best Truck 2013-2016: Danny Matic

Best Truck 1987-1996: All-Over Haulage- Chris Peterson

Best Truck 1976-1986: Kim Gilbert

Best Vintage: Greg Stampalia

Best Fleet: Lee’s Transport

People’s Choice Award: Jason Klingsporn

 

 

 

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