Photographers lined the roads as an early morning convoy of heavy haulers made its way to Mystery Creek for the Show n’ Shine competition, held on the final day of the Transport and Heavy Equipment Expo (The Expo).
Amongst the photographers and enthusiasts was Norwegian hobby photographer Jan Aslesele, who is part of an online group that take photos of trucks from around the world.
New Zealand’s Transport and Heavy Equipment Expo put Aslesele’s annual photography trip to America on hold after Kiwi photographers told him about THE Expo at Mystery Creek Events Centre just south of Hamilton.
Aslesele was blown away with the high calibre of trucks in New Zealand, describing them as “well-kept and beautiful”.
And there was high praise for THE Expo which he attended all three days.
“There is a perfect mix of American, European and Japanese which you don’t get anywhere else, it’s unique” said Aslesele.
The strong line-up of over 90 highly polished, high spec trucks in the Show n’ Shine competition, travelled from as far away as Invercargill to impressed visitors and attract crowds with over 6400 visitors attending the third and final day of THE Expo.
Tony Kelly took away the Classic Truck award for his R Model Mack that he and co-owner Ned Kelly have fully restored over the last three and a half years.
Describing it as a labour of love, Tony was “pretty proud and pretty happy to win this”.
Equally as thrilled was People’s Choice award winner Anna Lockley who won the crowd over with her golden Kenworth SAR 409.
As a first time winner the secret to her success was “a lot of elbow grease, a lot of time and patience to do it.
Show n’ Shine award winners were;
Curtain Siders, Flat Decks, Tractor Units: Guy Knowles
Livestock and Loggers: Cameron Torr
Classic Trucks: Freightways Napier
Tippers: Dean Chandler
People’s Choice: Anna Lockley.
Tankers and Supreme Award winner: Dave Chambers
Organisers worked closely with endorsees; the Motor Industry Association, NZ Truck-Trailer Manufacturers Federation and NZ Equipment Suppliers Association to ensure the event was relevant to the industry.
THE Expo event manager Ammie Hardie is pleased with the positive feedback received by both visitors and exhibitors over the three days.
“We’ve received such positive feedback about the quality of exhibitors and sales leads that we’re confident the event has achieved its goal, bringing industry buyer and seller together” said Hardie.
NZ National Fieldays Society, who own THE Expo will give exhibitors and registered industry professionals the opportunity to have their say when a survey goes out later in March.
Organisers say the results will be used to help plan the 2021 Transport Heavy Equipment Expo and ensure it’s the biggest and best yet.