Event: EWPA Trade Day

A quick look at the EWPA Trade Day held at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park


Last year, the Elevated Work Platform Association (EWPA) decided it wanted to hold a trade day that was just about EWPs. Originally planned at the Hampton Downs Motorway Park for mid-February, the event was postponed due to another COVID-19 lockdown and instead took place at a later date.

The decision to hold a separate trade day was because there are a lot of EWPA members who don’t attend the Hire Industry Association New Zealand (HIANZ) Conference, despite the fact that the EWPA and HIANZ share a lot of members (approx. 50%). So, there was obviously a need to focus specifically on the EWP market and provide a venue for EWPs to be the centre of attention.

Hampton Downs Motorsport Park provided the ideal spot with heaps of room, indoor space, catering, go-karts, and better still, close enough for Auckland members to have no excuse not go to the event.

Go-kart winner Steve Byod across the line

Despite earlier predictions, the weather behaved itself and the inaugural event, although starting slowly, grew steadily throughout the day. A total of 70 people attended and while not quite the numbers organisers planned for, it was at least an encouraging start to what’s hoped will be an annual event. 

Throughout the day there was a lot of networking, meeting people, having a crack on the go-karts, and listening to two well-polished speakers. Visitors listened in awe to Mad Mike Whiddett. who’s a Red Bull-sponsored drift car champion.

Rob and Mad Mike

He talked about how he got to where he’s today and his future in supporting his son to chase his own dreams. He came across as a real level-headed guy with an amazing story and even brought along his Lamborghini drift car, telling the audience a story about how immediately after being given it, took an angle grinder to the $500,000 car and hacked it to bits.

Rob presenting the winning trophy to Steve

The day was completed with a presentation of a trophy and prize to Steve Boyd of EHL Solutions who had driven up from the Taranaki for the day. Steve was the fastest go-karter around the track out of all the attendees.

Rob Molyneux from EWP Technical Solutions

There were 16 drivers within one second off his time, so it was a tight race for the coveted trophy. The prize, sponsored by EWP Technical Solutions, was a drive in a V8 Muscle Car around Hampton Downs. All in all, the day was a good test of what the EWPA can do for its members.

For more information, visit ewpa.org.nz.

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