Star-studded Show

By: Warren Aitken


MGL1074 Multi award-winning country artist Troy Cassar-Daley was a special guest at the Western Star Show ’n Shine. Troy and his band entertained the crowd into the night. Photo courtesy of Western Star MGL1074
AAP 3926 Another impressive fleet turnout was the boys from Humphreys Transport who drove down from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. They picked up several prizes with their stunning trucks. From left to right: Chris Pampling, Mark Lyons, Vince Humphreys (owner) and Kerry Law AAP 3926
AAP 3958 Chris Saffy and Andrea Sorenson stand proudly between two of their six-truck fleet. The two rigs are special for the couple who run a landscaping supply business in the Lockyer Valley. The 1979 Road Boss was originally bought by Chris’s father Les when it only done 40,000km, the truck having helped build a lot of the roads around central Queensland. The other truck is a 1998 Western Star FX4864 Heritage that Chris himself bought and, in a weird coincidence the truck, also had 40,000km. A close inspection of both trucks would leave many doubting the age of them as they both were in pristine condition AAP 3958
AAP 3969 The father-and-son team of Daryl and Michael Adamson, from Big Truck Parts in Gatton were joined by their partners as they enjoyed the day. The team brought up their latest finished project from their customising shop, a 2008 4800 Western Star. The one-stop shop in Gatton customised, painted and put together this stunning looking truck which took away the prize for best Western Star (10 years plus). Pictured from left are Daryl and Narelle Adamson, with their son Michael and his partner Page Newman AAP 3969
AAP 3974 Turning up for his second Western Star Show ’n Shine was young Tyson Carter and his partner Andrea Reuter. One of the next generation of truckies starting to come through, Tyson takes immense pride in his 2007 4800 Western Star. It can normally be seen around the Brisbane area loading scrap metal for MJ Freighters. You could be mistaken for thinking he is entering a truck show every day as the rig just gleams. Tyson has earned his stripes the old-fashioned way, growing up around trucks, washing them, polishing them, moving them around the yard and learning from those around him. Seems the system worked well. AAP 3974
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AAP 3983 Clinton Luxton and his wife Nicole turned up at Toowoomba with an immaculate Western Star. The big ’Star was a regular sight on the road to Darwin with either a triple or a quad when it was working under the Deluxe Freight banner. It was the latest in a long line of ’Stars Clinton drove through some of Australia’s toughest conditions. It’s that strength and reliability that’s fuelled his passion for the North American legend. Now it’s more likely to be seen up and down the east coast, with a single or B-double. AAP 3983

This year’s Western Star Show ’n Shine, held up on Queensland’s Darling Downs, boasted a big roll up sparkling new trucks plus a few oldies from yesteryear

 

The truck show season may be starting to wind down, but one of the youngest shows on the calendar recently put on a Star-studded performance.

Following on from last year’s success, the second edition of the Western Star Show ’n Shine took place in mid-November. It was little later in the year and a more than a few kilometres west of last year’s location but with just as much fanfare and even more stunning ’Stars on display.

The inaugural show took place at Mount Cotton in Brisbane in September 2017, however for this year Toowoomba Showgrounds was the venue, which tied in with Pengelly Truck and Trailers being recently announced as a Penske Commercial Vehicle dealer in the Darling Downs city.

The drive behind the Western Star Show ’n Shine, according to national sales manager Dale Christensen, is customer relationships.

"It was born out of the desire to do something for our Western Star customers," Dale says. "We wanted to reconnect with our customers, on a more personal level."

In a world where it’s very easy to just be a number it’s a welcome relief to see such commitment to customer service. It’s not all talk though, the Western Star Show ’n Shine really turned up the dial when it came to putting on a show. The prizes for the Show ’n Shine competition included flights, accommodation and passes to a Supercars round there were fuel cards, light bars, truck fridges, merchandise and more. That was just the show prizes though, the entertainment was next level.

Supercar drivers Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard happened to turn up at the exact same time mother nature decided to throw a wet and stormy fit. The weather didn’t bother them or the hundreds of people keen to grab an autograph and selfie, so the boys set up inside the rather full tent that was keeping everyone dry. The weather may have meant a few adjustments to the schedule, but the Penske team just rolled with the raindrops and got on with it.

Thankfully for those judging the show, Mother Nature held off long enough for them to complete their challenging task. Picking winners from the 80 entries was always a tough ask. The variety was immense with almost the entire Western Star range represented, from 2800s through to 6900s. As well as a fair few classic Whites gracing the showgrounds as well.

The winners were all announced before 6pm but the show didn’t end there. The evening was wrapped up with a very special show by Mick Lindsay and multi ARIA Award and Golden Guitar-winning entertainer Troy Cassar-Daley. Many of the trucks and their families were camping there for the night and the weather cleared for an awesome country concert. It’s fair to say the second Show-n-Shine succeeded in its goal, plenty of families were there to enjoy the day, survive the storm, admire the trucks and dance the night away.

All in all, the Western Star Show ’n-Shine reflected the Western Star truck ethos. It battled through atrocious conditions and came out shiny and strong on the other side. The same can’t be said for my shoes; they were a wreck (I wonder if Western Star makes shoes?).

Anyway, here’s a summary of the winners. I say summary as my notepad was drenched hence I couldn’t keep track of all the runners-up.

Awards:

Truck of the Show: North Queensland Truck and Machinery’s 4800 ‘Phat Cat’, owned by Laurie Williams

Best Western Star (1-5 years): Brown Linehaul

Best Western Star (5-10 years): Mansell Heavy Towing

Best Western Star (10 years plus): Big Truck Parts

Best Western Star Fleet: Case Linehaul

Best Western Star Rigid: Mansell Heavy Towing

Best Heritage Truck: Heavy Haulage Assets

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