8 March, 2017

Pristine paint jobs wow the crowds at Transport and Heavy Equipment Expo

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.

4 March, 2017

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.

4 March, 2017

Punters bask in high octane action

Crowds were not disappointed as they seized the opportunity to get up close with an impressive line-up of newly released equipment, launched yesterday at the Transport and Heavy Equipment Expo (THE Expo) in Hamilton.
Pre-event registrations exceeded previous years with 6836 industry professionals registering to attend.
This four yearly industry event attracted attention throughout the sector with a number of high profile guests visiting Mystery Creek, including Hon. David Bennett, Associate Minister of Transport.
Those working on the Hyundai stand had been kept busy throughout the day following the official debut of the Xcient prime mover. A steady queue of visitors and exhibitors had been lining up to get a glimpse of the vehicle.
Amongst the eager visitors were Mercedes-Benz fans who got the chance to check out the new line of Actros prime movers released yesterday.
Spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz and Senior Manager of Daimler Truck and Bus New Zealand, Pieter Theron said initial feedback from the truck launch had been really positive, with plenty of people keen to take up the opportunity for a test drive.
“We had high expectations of the release and it has exceeded those expectations” said Theron.
The four yearly event is the only all-encompassing tradeshow in the country to showcase developments across the transport, logistics and heavy equipment sectors.
The NZ National Fieldays Society who owns the event has been working alongside industry endorsees to create a relevant space for multiple industries to come together. CEO Peter Nation says collaboration is a key factor in driving innovation in the transport and heavy equipment industries.
National Sales Manager for Gulf Oil Sander Kriek credits the success of day one to the opportunities for exhibitors and visitors to have conversations and make connections in an open environment.
“We’ve been able to connect with a whole bunch of industry players we’ve wanted to reach. It’s allowed them to make contact and talk to us and us to talk to them at their own leisure which is just invaluable” said Kriek.

27 February, 2017

Transport and Heavy Equipment Expo rolls into town

Waikato will be every trucker’s destination when the country’s largest transport and heavy equipment tradeshow rolls into Mystery Creek on Thursday 2 March.
Since its inception 12 years ago, the four-yearly event has continued to grow and is now the only nationally recognised heavy vehicle tradeshow in the country.
Held over three days in the first weekend of March, THE Expo attracts industry professionals from the transport, logistics and heavy equipment sectors throughout New Zealand, providing the opportunity for collaboration, industry specific information on best health and safety practices and the latest innovations.
With infrastructure growth and the development of projects such as the Waikato Expressway, the heavy vehicle industry is becoming increasingly relevant both locally and nationally.
Motor Industry Association CEO David Crawford said heavy vehicles and related equipment are key components forming the backbone of New Zealand’s hardworking infrastructure and productive economy, and this is an opportunity for the sector to come together.
“THE Expo is New Zealand’s only all-encompassing transport and heavy equipment expo, showcasing for customers and visitors the latest heavy vehicle models available, the extensive range of new technologies and covers a wide ranging display of equipment” said Crawford.
The event outlook is positive with exhibiter numbers exceeding the expectations of event manager Ammie Hardie.
“The industry is really booming at the moment and it’s exciting to see so many exhibitors choosing not only to return but also increase their event presence” said Hardie.
Truck launches from industry powerhouses Hyundai, Kenworth and Mercedes-Benz are sure to attract crowds.
Southpac general sales manager Richard Smart said they chose to launch their new Kenworth T610 at THE Expo 2017 ahead of its public launch at the Brisbane Truck Show in May.
“We wanted to give all our New Zealand customers the opportunity to see it first. Kenworth worked really closely with us to make it happen and get the first three production T610s for our New Zealand clients built” said Smart.
With over 5400 industry professionals already registered to attend THE Expo, organisers say they are on track to receive record visitor numbers.
The crowd favourite Show n’ Shine competition will be held on Saturday 4 March, breaking THE Expo records with 115 entries across six categories.
Hardie said they were overwhelmed with the influx of entries received.
“Initially we were hoping for around 80 trucks and we’ve been absolutely blown away. Entries closed on Sunday and we’ve had to get quite tough because we won’t be able to fit any more in” said Hardie.
On show will be an impressive display of highly polished chrome, pristine paint jobs and slick curtain sides and the title of Supreme Award Winner is at stake. A huge amount of effort goes into maintaining these trucks and the competition is fierce.
A collection of heritage vehicles coordinated by the Northern Classic Commercials Club will be on display to celebrate trucking milestones over the decades.
Included in the line-up will be classic Kenworths, Internationals, Fords, Chevrolets and more, as well as a special collection of vintage military vehicles.
THE Expo is held at Mystery Creek Events Centre 2-4 March 2017 and those working in the industry can register for free at before 8pm, 1 March 2017. Gate sales will be available for the public.

7 February, 2017

THE Expo announces partnership with Gulf Oil

New Zealand’s largest Transport and Heavy Equipment extravaganza, THE Expo, is revved up and ready to roll with the announcement of a partnership with Gulf Oil.

The Transport and Heavy Equipment Expo (THE Expo) is the only all-encompassing trade event of its kind in the country, offering visitors and exhibitors alike the opportunity to engage with industry representatives and view the latest technologies in the transport and heavy equipment sector.

The event is held every four years and will run from 2-4 March 2017. Held at Mystery Creek Events Centre in the Waikato, THE Expo is proudly owned by NZ National Fieldays Society. It is jointly endorsed by the Motor Industry Association, NZ Truck-Trailer Manufacturers Federation, and NZ Equipment Suppliers Association.

NZ National Fieldays Society CEO, Peter Nation, says Gulf Oil will be the event partner of THE Expo for 2017 and he is excited about what the partnership will bring to the event and its exhibitors.

“Gulf Oil is a well-recognised and reputable worldwide brand, with values that align well with our own. Our partnership with them endorses our efforts to deliver a top quality, industry-leading event,” he says.

“Gulf Oil is a perfect fit for THE Expo. The company is well resourced and connected to our markets so we expect great support from them. I’m confident our industry exhibitors will enjoy the exposure opportunities Gulf Oil can provide to a large network of stores, and a new choice in a great product.”

Gulf Oil is a large and growing family of companies, united under the common and famous symbol, the Gulf brand. Gulf Oil brand operations are present in over 100 countries worldwide, focusing on lubricant and fuel products and services.

Gulf Oil’s National Sales Manager in New Zealand, Sander Kriek, says the company brings an amazing heritage to THE Expo, as one of the original seven sisters of oil companies.
“As part of our partnership with THE Expo, Gulf Oil will showcase its connection to the New Zealand transport and heavy equipment industry, along with its outstanding motorsport lineage in New Zealand with Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon and Denny Hulme,” he says.

“This partnership is the perfect fit for Gulf Oil and the transport and heavy equipment industry. Everyone connected to the industry has a need and use for oil, and Gulf Oil brings a quality product to the market.

“Gulf Oil already has key partnerships and full Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) approvals with all major players in the transport and heavy equipment industry. It is good to support the community via THE Expo and highlight choice in the market.”

THE Expo 2017 will feature exhibits and demonstrations from more than 160 exhibitors across transportation, logistics, construction, forestry, agriculture, contracting, health and safety, quarry and mining, roading, and training and recruitment.

7 February, 2017

Show n’ Shine competition heats up as registrations come in

The ultimate Show n’ Shine title is on the line once again at the 2017 Transport and Heavy Equipment Expo (THE Expo) held at Mystery Creek Events Centre 2 – 4 March.

Registrations are open and the call is out to find the ultimate champions in each of the six categories; curtain siders, flat decks and tractor units, tankers, tippers, livestock and loggers, classic trucks and the overall supreme winner. As well as the People’s Choice Award decided by visitor votes.

As well as the opportunity to showcase your vehicle in all its glory, there are some impressive prizes up for grabs.

Previous winner Scott Young was pretty amazed his family owned truck from Ohakune took out the top spot. His 1984 vehicle was the first 8-wheeler Mack Cruiseliner in the country. In her day she carried carrots and potatoes but was pretty much retired at the time of entering just doing trips from the field to the packhouse, said Scott.

Maintaining a hard working truck and keeping that personalised artwork slick, chrome highly polished and paint jobs pristine can be a difficult task, so judging will consider presentation of the vehicle, truck ‘personality’ and special features.

Sure to be a crowd favourite, the competition will be fierce as each category fights for the honours of best rig. If you think you have what it takes register for the Show n’ Shine competition at

Entry to THE Expo is free to those working in the transport, logistics, heavy equipment, forestry, construction, and quarry and mining industries. Register for your free tickets at or phone 0800 004 444.