Bring on the Chrome
by Jim Park
Summer 2001 is shaping up to be one of the busiest on record as far as the truck-show circuit is concerned. Over a dozen large-scale events are planned, plus several smaller, local shows. Wherever you hail from, you'll not have much trouble finding large quantities of chrome to brighten up a summer weekend. Here's what to expect:
The Canadian Truck Show at Winnipeg's Red River Exhibition Park on the first weekend in June, will be happening just after we hit the street with this issue. It will offer a big equipment exhibition and there'll be plenty of recruiters on hand as well.
The Performance with Pride Show and Shine event is there too. Same time, same location. It promises some of the best show trucks on the North American circuit. Last year's maiden effort brought some really terrific iron from as far away as B.C., Missouri, and Florida. This year's plans include a light show competition on Friday and Saturday nights.
That same weekend in Paris, Ont., Truckfest 2001 promises another exciting weekend. The gates open Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and there's live entertainment all weekend, for the kids too. Saturday morning sees the start of judging for the Show & Shine competition. Again this year, the Top Gun category promises to keep those elite competitors searching for one more spot to paint and polish. You can also get the latest on the evolution of MTO's carrier safety rating project, see if you have a sleep disorder, and talk to an accident reconstructionist at the information booths, then dance your butt off on Saturday night with a live band.
The Class 8 truck pulls begin Saturday and wrap up with the finals and the presentation of awards and trophies later on Sunday. highwaySTAR magazine is a proud sponsor of Truckfest 2001. For more information call 519/888-9070
Still on June's first weekend, there's a good one in Palmerston, Ont. It isn't far from Paris, so plan on attending the Canadian Hand Car Championship/Truck Show at the old train station in downtown Palmerston. Features include a five-person human truck pull contest, model truck races, a truck show, and of course the Canadian Handcar championships for you railroad history buffs. A dance on Friday night features the 820 CHAM video dance party and another on Saturday night has the Lulu's Roadhouse house band. For more information, call 519/343-3488.
With the first June weekend behind you, why not plan a trip to Brigden, Ont., to catch the Brigden Pull & Shine, Spring Nationals. Truck pulls get underway Friday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m., with the Southwestern Ontario Tractor Pullers Association. The Great Lakes Tractor Pullers Association gets down to business Saturday at 1:30 p.m. with the street-legal class 8's duking it out later on. The NTPA Regionals begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by the National Truck Tractor Pulls and the NTPA Co-Sanctioned Wolverine Michigan State 7500-lb Modified tractors.
Judging for the Show and Shine begins Saturday at 10:00 a.m. sharp with prizes and trophies handed out after the winner's parade at noon Sunday. There's also a beef BBQ and a dance on Saturday. Drop by and visit the Bud Girls at the beer tent. Proceeds from this highwaySTAR-sponsored event support local youth. For more information, call 519/864-1134.
The next weekend, June 15-17, sees some serious truck show action in both Atlantic Canada and central Ontario. The Moncton Agrena roars to life with The 2001 Atlantic Truck Show. There'll be over 150 exhibitors showing their latest and greatest, including dozens of the latest OEM trucks. The APTA plans a skid-control demonstration in the parking lot outside. And of course there'll be a Show and Shine competition as well. For more information, call 506/855-2782.
Meanwhile, in the not-so-sleepy little hamlet of Minden, Ont., The Minden Kinsmen Truck Pull, ATV Pull and Show and Shine offers local truckers a chance to show the folks at home what the big deal really is. Loggers, highway trucks and even ATVs will battle it out for supremacy of the dirt track. A dance at the Minden Community Center on Saturday night should make for a hot time in that old town. Call 705/286-2122
Rounding out the month of June is The Carp Valley Sho & Shine, which takes place at the Carp Fairgrounds in, where else, Carp, Ont., on June 23. Call Rick, 613/836-3838.
After a full month without a single event, The Fergus Truck Show at the Fergus and District Community Fairgrounds, July 21-22, should be a wild time indeed. Billed as the $95-million weekend, this show combines some of the best trucks on the pulling circuit with some of the fanciest iron ever to pin up to a trailer. The organizers expect nearly $95 million worth of high-horsepower, high-lustre, high-voltage hardware to be on-site.
The Show and Shine entry roster is one of the largest in Canada, but there will also be dozens of exhibitors and some fine country entertainers, including George Fox. The big party on Saturday night features the 820 CHAM video dance party crew. This charity event, sponsored by highwaySTAR, has raised over $330,000 for the community to date. Call 519/843-3412.
That's not the end of things this summer, but we'll save the rest for our July issue. Check out The Other Log for dates.