Praise for NZ’s Transport and Heavy Equipment Expo

When it comes to rivalry little compares to the fierce competition with our neighbours across the ditch, but we have proved we can hold our own when it comes to transport and heavy equipment.
Porter Group’s National Products Specialist Grant Rayner flew in from Australia yesterday and was blown away by the standard and quality of New Zealand’s only all-encompassing Transport and Heavy Equipment Expo, held at Mystery Creek 2-4 March.
Rayner has been to his fair share of transport and heavy equipment shows all over Australia but according to him none compare to THE Expo.
“This is by far better than those, the sites are all top notch and we’ve had a steady stream of industry people coming through the site all day” said Rayner.
Porter Group began planning their site months ago and have been putting in long hours to finish it.
Their hard work came into fruition last night as they took away the award for Best Large Outdoor Site and the team’s pride was clearly visible.
“We have a lot of products on offer and are very conscious of the need to showcase them well. We won best display so it shows we got it right” said Rayner.
NZ National Fieldays Society’s general manager commercial, Nick Dromgool said that of all their events, exhibitors at THE Expo take the awards most seriously.
“This event is a showcase of the biggest and the best transport and heavy equipment from all of New Zealand so to win these awards is a real statement and they have a right to be proud” said Dromgool.
Other industry heavy weight Gough Group was also recognised at the event, taking away the award for Best Interactive Showcase Site.
The Gough Group marquee featured advanced CAT Connect technology in virtual reality pods.
Best Small Indoor Site from Castrol NZ had visitors lining up at the chance to beat V8 Supercar driver Greg Murphy’s time around Mount Panorama in a virtual driving experience.
It was a double success last night for Daimler who own Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz, Fuso, Western Star and BharatBenz.
They took away the award for Best Large Indoor site for Freightliner’s retro themed jukebox diner, complete with roller-skating staff as well as selling a brand new Mercedes-Benz Actros prime mover.
There was no word on who the purchaser was but senior manager Peter Theron said the new owner would be able to pick up the new truck in just a couple of weeks.
With over 7000 visitors so far, organisers are gearing up for a busy day tomorrow as public momentum for the Show n’ Shine continues to grow in the trucking community.
For the 115 truckies who have entered the competition, tonight will be a late one cleaning and polishing their truck in the hopes of taking away the Supreme Award.
Dromgool said that this will be the biggest showcase of Show n’ Shine trucks THE Expo has ever had.