Peak Truck Show 2012 by James Cartwright

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Once again I will hand you over to top guest writer and photographer, Mr James Cartwright. If you want to see the rest of Jimbo’s photos from the show, click HERE;

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All that was needed after finishing work on the Friday evening was a dry and hold up free run up to the Peaktruck show held at the Uttoxeter racecourse. At a steady 50mph the 143 had no problems covering the distance in under 4 hrs. Even with the late arrival I was still able to get on to the site and park up for the evening, luckily the boys from McGawn Bros had kept me a space on the tarmac and with the bar still open a double result.

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A bright start to the Saturday did much to improve the hangover which I always seem to wake up with when I come here! Saturday morning was taken up with giving the old Scania a clean and polish, you think I would’ve learnt to bring something smaller than a 8×4. Still not quite as much work as the trucks entered into the combination class, credit must go these guys. One of the best was the V-reg FH Volvo of MJS from Stoke on Trent along with its powder tanker.

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The Peak shows are always very well supported by the local fleets from names such as Shirley’s, Mike Ponsonby and Stan Robinson. The Peak Truck Show was this year celebrating it’s 10th anniversary over the years shows have been held at a number of places, Belfast was a regular venue along with Carlisle and Penrith this helps to explain why Roy Gill and Sarah Mcgregor have always attracted many trucks from all over the country. Both Roy and Sarah used to run and show trucks one of the most well known was the Queen of Hearts (You must have a picture of this somewhere Ben can find mine think they are in the loft – I can’t find it!!) so with him being one of the judges you know you better have thing done right. You always are made to feel like old friends when you turn up no matter what time of day or night you finally manage to get there Sarah or Roy are always there to greet you this for me is what the truck shows are all about meeting friends new and old.

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The weather both days was lovely and sunny which makes a change as we normally have to take cover from the rain at least once during the weekend here, moving the show to later in the year definitely helped with this. The truck of the show went to the T-cab of Bartletts which as the pictures show was as clean out side as it was in with its fully upholstered cab along with painted dash. From fully custom work to the restored 141 with tandem axle trailer you decide what looks the best. One of the nicest trucks for me was the Scania 560 of Dutch owner driver Peter van der Eijk as with most European trucks typically understated but still had plenty of detail.

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The Saturday night is another sociable gathering with entertainment in the bar this year with a rock band in full swing. The CF DAF of Massey Feeds was looking spot on sitting next to the big cabbed Toplines and XF’s. There was a strong Scottish contingent with the R-cab from Laurelbank Nurseries, Gordon Steel and John Templeton’s Avatar. One of the furthest travelled must have been Brian McLennan of Peterhead with his brand new Scania. Judging takes place over both days, so there was plenty of cleaning still to be done with the results being given out on the Sunday afternoon.

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The Mc Gawn Bros did well this year by taking top spot in a Best Fleet and combination classes to name just a few.

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The 105 DAF from Smith of Bury did well in the traditional livery class who says red and green should never be seen! I even got a highly commended in the company owned class for the 143.

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A final thanks must go to Sarah and Roy for organising another top show hopefully there will be plenty over the next few years.

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2 thoughts on “Peak Truck Show 2012 by James Cartwright

  1. Have just found this blog and would like to thank Jim for writing such a nice article. Roy and I enjoy organising the shows and for us the shows are all about the trucks and the drivers. Without you guys attending, there would be no “Truck” Show.

    Admittedly, big celebrities pull the crowds in (and therefore the money), but it is not all about making huge profits for us – otherwise we would have finished them a long time ago!!

    We are very lucky to have trucks/drivers coming from the length and breadth of the country, but I think that this is partly accountable to the fact that drivers know that they will be properly and fairly judged (as mentioned by Jim, Roy has customised many of his own lorries and shown them for many years prior to us starting the Peak Truck Shows in 2002.

    Being involved from the ground level, (checking trucks in at the gate on arrival, parking them up and booking them in) helps us to greet everyone.

    We hope that we will see many of you next year and hopefully some more new faces.

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  2. Was at Peak Truck Show with John Templeton and Avatar. Our 1st time at this particular show and are hoping to be back again this year. Really enjoyed it. Roy & Sarah should be proud of their efforts.

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