BOMBAY TRUCK SHOW 2020 – All about people

7 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineApril 14, 2020

The inaugural Bombay Truck Show started as a murmur, gathering momentum rapidly. The outstanding success of this first event now has us all waiting for news on the next one.

Photo: Graeme Wright‘s ‘Neighbourhood Bully‘ leads a batch of the convoy up to the Bombay Rugby club grounds, site for the show.

What started as a quiet murmur around the traps soon became a loud call for participants to enter and attend the inaugural Bombay Truck Show. The instigator of the proposed show was well-known local transport operator N & J Wood. A truck show organised by people who own and operate one of the sharpest fleets in metro Auckland; this had all the right ingredients from the get-go. The reservation book for participants was full within days of opening, so more space was acquired from the neighbouring market gardener to offer more entries, and these too were snaffled up in a heartbeat. The morning of the event arrived and so did 280 trucks from all corners, gleaming in readiness to be displayed. The effort that some operators go to for a show is extraordinary, and this show was no exception. A few fleets showcased ‘fresh out of the plastic wrapping‘ new additions to their fleets. W E Hale of Mangatawhiri was one of these, with its striking new Kenworth Aerodyne making its first show appearance.

The day was extremely well run by the organisers, and in turn was a storming success for both participants and the viewing public alike, with nearly 7000 through the gates and more than $68,000 raised for local charities. More than 50 industry-related sponsors supported the event by bringing along product and manning the stands; true dedication to the cause. As day rolled into evening the festival continued, with Dave Alley providing music and singing (until his guitar broke), and the trucks all lit up, providing an impressive night lights display. Well done, Marika Wood and her team. The recipe was bang on: affordable, engaging, friendly. This was an outstanding effort and a real credit to those involved. We now all wait with bated breath to hear news of possible dates for the next one!

Photo: The ferry tug restored by John Baillie, Stuart and Patrick Howard, and Warren Gaiger was a magnet, and the scene of many recalled tales. The startups were epic, with the little ‘Jimmy‘ reminding us of a great era in trucking when noise, not NOx, was the focus.

Photo: If one pic (above) summed up Bombay it was this – trucks, people, laughing, chatting, activities, entertainment, fun, affordable, family, community.

Photo: Like a good wine, some trucks improve as they mature, regardless of their vintage.

Photo: Western Star Heavy Hitters – ‘mean!‘

W E Hale Ltd had its brand new Kenworth Aerodyne at the show.

Photo: R Series Scania of ABHIS Freight, and Heera Transport‘s Freightliner Coronado have a trans-Atlantic chat.

Photo: The Balle family‘s immaculately restored TK Bedford, in the colours of R F (Richie) Powell Carrier, and dedicated to its owner, local legend, the late Ritchie Powell.

RESULTS Bombay Truck Show 2020
Best DAF 1st Steve Curin #119  
Best Ford 1st Puke Fire brigade  
Best Freightliner 1st Heera Transport #176  
Best International 1st Crane & Cartage #78  
Best Japanese 1st – CV Compton  
Best Kenworth 1st Rock & Rubble OV4KIL  
Best Mack 1st Allied Bulk #136  
Best MAN 1st R & H Transport #219  
Best Mercedes-Ben 1st Trenchmate #23  
Best Scania 1st Pukekohe Hiab #16  
Best Volvo 1st Michielsens Transport #214  
Best Western Star 1st Pollock & Sons #250  
Broshmik Top Truck 1 – 1.5-million Ian Spedding #161  
Broshmik Top Truck 1.5-million plus Game On 2 – #109  
Truck and Driver Best Heavy Haul Ian Spedding KW501 #161  
The Tyre Worx Best Container Truck Michael Heera #176  
Jackson Enterprisers Best Stock Truck On Road Transport #147  
Waitomo Best Tanker Allied Petroleum – #275  
Quick Silver Linings Best Tipper N & J Wood Kenworth #55  
UDC Best Brand New Truck Under 5000 Km Allied Bulk #136
Close Comp
Patchells Best Logger Couvee #1  
All Crane Services Best Truck Loader Crane Crane & Cartage #78  
Endless Metals Endless Award
Oldest Truck Still on the Road
Shane Gunna  
Ideal Services Best Curtain Sider The Produce Company #31  
Tyres For U Furthest Travelled R & H Transport Christchurch  
Cobracote Best Interior John Chapman  
CDL Autoparts Best Truck in Show
fitted with Peterson Lights
Graeme Wright Kenworth KUA577  
Vernon Developments
Best Tractor Unit / Transporter
P & I Pascoe #32  
Truck Smash Repairs Best Classsic Neil Wood – R Model  
Meat Ball Award #38 – Driver Scott CV Compton  
Tates – People‘s Choice Northchill #45  
Rock & Rubble Best Fleet Mainfreight  
Kings of Chrome Best Light Show Pukekohe Hiab  
Pyramid Trucking Driver Awards Brandon Daley  
Peter Black Memorial Cup
Best local fleet
W.E. Hale  

Photos: Trade stands were well priced too, allowing more time for relaxed chat and interaction.