Hard-working rigs on show

IMG 0397 The Grimtrans Kenworth K104 tipper that took out a very special award this year - the Chris Sultana Memorial Trophy IMG 0397
IMG 0307 The Jeffsann Plant Hire Mack Granite took out Best Tanker Rigid, and it looked every bit the deserving winner with just the right amount of bling for a working truck! IMG 0307
IMG 0309 Another win for Jeffsann Plant Hire, their tough old 1985 Mack Superliner won Best Prime Mover Tipper Trailer up to 2014 IMG 0309
IMG 0313 A very worthy winner of Best Rigid Truck and Float Trailer, the JME Excavations Kenworth took the trophy IMG 0313
IMG 0325 The Raygal Western Star was as shiny as they come, impossible in fact to photograph without capturing your reflection! IMG 0325
IMG 0338 The Raygal 1993 International took home the trophy for Best Crane/Truck, drawing plenty of attention on the day IMG 0338
IMG 0345 The tough looking Kent Collision and Kustom Western Star 4900FX tow truck was a hit on the day, showing off the company’s fine work IMG 0345
IMG 0350 The immaculate Camsons 1975 Kenworth W925 took out Best Non-Working: Over 2 Tn Tare award IMG 0350
IMG 0361 One of our favourites on the day, the Paragalli Haulage T900 tipper standing proud IMG 0361
IMG 0364 With the number plate MR4800, there was no guessing the model of this SKC Haulage Western Star Tipper, as it took out the Best Tipper Tri or Quad Dog Trailer award IMG 0364
IMG 0366 JP Trailers took out Best Mack as well as the Bob Clancy Memorial Trophy, with this beautiful 1986 Mack low loader IMG 0366
IMG 0388 The GRS towing MAN TGM was loud and proud, a truck wearing high-vis! IMG 0388
IMG 0399 This beautiful old 1978 International Acco 3070 belonged to Grimtrans and it won the Best Total Rebuild trophy IMG 0399
IMG 0402 The Lawrence Transport Kenworth T950 caught our eye on the day, a great example of a well-presented Kenny IMG 0402
IMG 0403 Another fantastic number plate, SIK904 won Best Intrastate Trailer up to 2014 – another great looking Kenny belonging to Lawrence Transport IMG 0403
IMG 0421 Hard to miss this 1979 Atkinson 3870 tipper belonging to Supreme Earthmoving, with its striking orange paintjob IMG 0421
IMG 0423 T&K Schiemer Bulk Transport won the Best Freightliner trophy, a unique truck with eye-catching artwork IMG 0423
IMG 0424 Ballinger Transport turned up in numbers, showing off their unique colours and pristine Kenworths, taking out the Best Curtain Sided Trailer up to 2014, Best Interstate Trailer 2015-2018, and Best B-double Trailer 2015-2018 awards IMG 0424
IMG 0426 People flocked to the breathtaking ‘Heart Breaker’ 1986 Kenworth SAR, which took out an excellence award on the day. This tanker is a truly exceptional build, with everything covered from custom artwork through to the tyre lettering, and it packs arguably the best sounding engine ever, a Detroit Diesel 8v92! IMG 0426
IMG 0429 The JNT Kenworth took out an excellence award at the Show IMG 0429

The 2018 Penrith Working Truck Show, held at the Museum of Fire on Sunday, was as spectacular as ever with sensational weather, an enormous range of flash rigs and smiles as far as the eye could see. Cobey Bartels writes


Back for its 31st year and more popular than ever, the Penrith Working Truck Show attracted a crowd close to 20,000 from around the country and more than 250 shiny trucks were parked up looking their best.

Kids went nuts with unlimited rides on the 22 amusements, while family fun on offer included street performers, food trucks and a stellar country music line-up … that’s if you could take your eyes off the trucks on show!

Four- time ARIA-award winning country music icon Troy Cassar-Daley took to the stage at 3pm, drawing a large crowd of devoted fans and amping up patrons before the trophy presentation began.

Among the dozens of coveted awards on offer, there was one particularly special trophy this year, dedicated to the late Chris Sultana, founder of Camsons Transport.

The Chris Sultana Memorial Trophy for Best Kenworth Tipper was awarded to Grimtrans for its spectacular 2007 Kenworth K104 tipper.

"It meant a lot to win an award dedicated to such an icon in the industry, and from a company like Camsons that represents themselves so well on the road," Grimtrans director Damien Grima says.

"This particularly truck is driven by my father Charlie Grima and it carts quarry materials out of the Blue Mountains.

"Charlie founded the company.

"We’ve been going for 37 years ago, back in ’81!

"We’ve been coming to the Penrith Working Truck Show for 20 years now."

Tribute to a hero

Chief executive of the Museum of Fire and event organiser Mark White says the memorial award was a highlight of the show and paid tribute to a true hero of the transport industry.

"The tribute to Chris Sultana was important and he’s such an iconic figure, family and friends travelled from around Australia," Mark says.

He says improvements made to the show helped to provide the very best experience for patrons and took the show to another level.

"We made significant improvements this year, covering infrastructure, quality of rides, ticketing process and overall value offered for patrons, and the whole show rose to another level.

"That was reflected in the way the show presented itself and we continue to keep pushing to engage the community."

Mark explains the event is run solely by volunteers, no small feat when you consider 10s of thousands of people come through the grounds each year and hundreds of trucks roll in!

"I do this voluntarily and so do the other 150 people that helped organise this event.

"Every part of the show is organised by the Museum’s team, and we’re extremely proud of what we’re able to achieve and what we stand for.

"The Penrith Working Truck Show is synonymous with the Museum of Fire and it shows the depth of support we have - the Museum has become such an iconic part of the community."

The show represents the positive side of the transport industry, Mark says, in an era when we hear a lot about the negative elements of the game.

"It really showcases the very best of the transport industry in a tough climate.

"We’ve got constant media about inspections and defects and it’s nice to see the show highlight the best of an industry.

"Ninety-nine per cent of our support comes from small business and the support of some the families, their philanthropic contribution, it’s just fantastic."

The Sydney Classic and Antique Truck Show is the next event on the calendar for the Museum of Fire, held on May 27 at its grounds.

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