Comment: TMC Trailers Trucking Industry Show

By: Carol Mcgeady, general manager, NZ Trucking Association

The TMC Trailers Trucking Industry Show returns on 20 and 21 March 2020, with a large new display area for classic/vintage trucks

Show and Shine competitions are popular around the country. It’s amazing to see working trucks that have been cleaned and polished to look better than what they did when they were brand-new.

The Show and Shine trucks are a popular attraction at the TMC Trailers Trucking Indusrty Show

The way the trucks are turned out is a reflection on the professional driver who drives them. I am sure if you asked most of these truck drivers, they would shire from normal housework but enjoy cleaning their truck.

It’s showing off in a nice way: who has the shiniest truck, the most chrome, or the best graphics? Even if you don’t like trucks, it’s impossible not to be impressed. Shows such as these are an opportunity for transport operators to connect with each other.

Also, most are run by a local charity to raise funds, with all proceeds being used for a good cause. The efforts ought to be applauded.

Friendships are formed between drivers and often they only see each other at these yearly events. At the NZ Trucking Association, we want to celebrate this kind of comradery. The Show and Shine trucks are the stars of the TMC Trailers Trucking Industry Show held at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch.

Organising the show around the Show and Shine trucks has grown the event into a major national/international event. The show is coming up again on 20 and 21 March 2020, and we know many drivers who would be keen to show off their new and classic trucks and trailers.

The Show and Shine competition will be held on Saturday, 21 March, with early-bird parking on the Friday evening from 5 to 7pm and then parking on Saturday from 5 to 8:30am.

At the 2020 TMC Trailers Trucking Industry Show, we have a large new display area for classic/vintage trucks that will showcase models that have been lovingly restored. The idea came after a visit to the Australian Heritage Vintage Truck Show that was recently held at Rocklea Showgrounds in Brisbane.

It was fantastic to see a massive display of a few 100 trucks. We’ve also created a special area along with a marquee lounge for visitors to wander around and reminisce about the good old days.

We wanted to create a special place at the show because we believe that restoration of classic and vintage trucks is important to the industry. The cost for the preservation of a classic truck is more than a hobby and that needs to be celebrated.

It will give the owners a chance to foster new friendships and the opportunity to share information on the history of the truck along with helping to locate parts and services.

If you’d like to attend this year’s event, pack a picnic and plan to stay all day. Entries are open until 8.30am on the Saturday and because of the large crowd expected, you won’t be able to leave until 5pm when the show finishes. There’s plenty to see and do all day. Show security is on 24 hours during the show, so you can park up during early-bird parking on Friday.

The day will be rounded off with the Teletrac Navman Industry Show Dinner, which will be a night of celebration with the Show and Shine and awards ceremony, live entertainment, a charity auction, and a buffet meal. Tickets for the dinner are $65 per person and drinks are $5.

We can also help you with an information board for your truck. People love reading about the history of the truck and seeing photos, so if you contact us, we can prepare a lawn board for an estimated $30 that can be used again at other events. Registerations are now open for Show and Shine. Because this is New Zealand’s largest truck show, we advise registering early to secure a spot.

If you would like to register, e-mail or call call 0800 338 338, 

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