2018 TMC Trailers Trucking industry show

By: Dean Middleton, Photography by: Dean Middleton

20 Line-up after line-up of pristine rigs graced the Christchurch Show ’N’ Shine event 20
2 2 Steve Murphy Logging won the coveted Best Fleet Award 2 2
5 Palmerston North-based HELENBAK Haulage won the Best Mack Category with this stunning Mack Granite 5
6 Main Road from Otorohanga was awarded the Best Combination prize in their K200 Kenworth 6
11 E D Swain lined up three of their front line Scanias alongside their Isuzu ‘flea’ truck 11
14 Construction Contracting brought along their three Kenworths and a Western Star 14
16 Southway Moving’s spotless DAFs flanked their baby UD brother 16
19 Dunedin-based Halls Contractors Davis and Jackie Cook’s new Western Star with the registration plate that says it all for them—Living the Dream 19
17 Ray Brown’s immaculate Western Star 17

The 2018 TMC Trailers Trucking Industry Show was held on Friday, 9 and Saturday, 10 March

The new venue this year for the bi-annual event was the Christchurch A&P Showgrounds, which is only a few kilometres from the original venue and was still a good central location with plenty of room to host the show.

The events on Friday included a Trade Show and Industry Day as well as a Careers Showcase where numerous local schools attended in an effort to attract the next generation into the transport industry.

Saturday saw Show ’N’ Shine Truck show and Christchurch turned on a near perfect day to display some 250 trucks that attended. What makes this number of trucks even more impressive is that this event allows combinations and most of the entrants had their trailers in tow.

Thousands of people flooded through the gates during the day and not only enjoyed viewing the endless rows of trucks but also took in the working displays, trade stands, kids’ zone, and bouncy castle. All the proceeds raised were donated to Ronald McDonald House South Island and Child Cancer Foundation.


The prestigious Truck of The Show trophy was awarded to the immaculate Goodman Fielder-contracted Scania of A&L Coombs from Dunedin. Including the trucks on the trade stands there was reputed to be more than 300 trucks in attendance at the showgrounds on Saturday, which must surely cement this event as the country’s largest truck show by sheer numbers alone. 


Award Company
Western Star   Summerlands
Mack Owen’s- Helenback Haulage
Fuso NZ Express
Hino Road Metals
Isuzu Tyre General
Scania  Lott Contractors
MAN Steve Murphy Ltd
DAF NZ Express
International Brenics
Volvo TSI
Freightliner  Talleys
Iveco Steve Murphy Ltd
Mercedes-Benz   Hilton Haulage 
Kenworth   Eden Haulage 
Nissan/ UD   JCL Asphalt 
Ford/ Sterling   Hornby Towing 
Working Rig   Porter Hire 
Best Chrome   Shane Pearson (CAT435)
Flat Deck   STL Linehaul
Transporter  Lott Contractors 
Logger   Musson Logistics 
Curtainsider  Opzeeland 
Tipper  Road Metals 
Best Combination   Main Road 
Crane Truck   Opzeeland 
Container  NZ Express 
Under 10-tonne   Tyre General 
Driver’s Choice   Rotorua Forest Haulage 
Best Graphics   Eden Haulage 
Best Classic   Owen Paintin (Roche R Series)
Stock Truck   C.P.T 
0–50000km   Steve Murphy Ltd
50,00,000–10,00,000km   Summerlands 
Over 10,00,000km   Faulks Investments 
Highest km travelled

Shane Pearson (Barney Boy)

Furthest travelled to the show

Rotorua Forest Haulage

MEGA PACIFIC People’s Choice

TR Group (Anzac Kenworth)

Best Small Fleet (five trucks and under)

Road Metals
Best Fleet Steve Murphy Ltd 
Truck of the Show A&L Coomes (Goodman  Fielder Scania)

Women in trucking awards

Award Awardee

Debbie Paterson, NZ Express

Second Ange Butler, Talleys

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