Showin' Their Stuff
by Jim Park
While the rain at Minden, about two hours driving north of Toronto, might have dampened the show and shine a little on June 15, the mud on the pull track made for some interesting results. Many of the contenders barely got the sled out of the gate while others, like Dwight Little, managed some astonishing pulls. His log truck made a show-topping pull of 385.1 ft.
While the truck pull fans gathered under the beer tent on their ringside picnic benches, the show-and-shine judges made their way around the grounds, soggy score sheets in hand. One of the buggies that got lots of attention was Dave Pettes' sky-blue Western Star dump. The thing was immaculate, and the box so highly polished that the raindrops were beading up and just rolling off. Pettes scored second place in the 1998-2001 Working Truck category, but the spectators set the record straight, handing him the Perry Kimble Memorial People's Choice award.
"Surprised the heck out of me," Pettes said. "But we sure had a lot of fun here today, even with the weather."
A week later in Carp, Ont., just west of the nation's capital, Strawfest 2002 brought out the best and most determined crowd they've seen to date. Show organizer Barry Stuart reported better attendance than in previous years, but the number of entrants was off slightly from 2001. With the final tally still a few weeks away, Stuart thinks they'll top the $5000 mark for their donation to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa.
They came from as far away as Peterborough and Ganonoque. The favorites were there - the Langevin brothers, Ron McKenzie's fleet, Jim Doel and his 1962 Kenworth Canadian, and of course Murray Kloosterman and his eye-catching, flame-sprayed, red Peterbilt 379. Bill Kempte showed up in a striking 1960 Pete, owned by Cathcart Trucking of Peterborough.
Kloosterman's brilliant 379 carted home gold for Best Paint, but he lost his People's Choice title to Dave Seabrook of Langevin Trucking.
Seabrook's vintage 1986 357 really had the crowd jazzed. Hardwood floors, an immaculately clean engine room, and just the right number of chrome and stainless doodads did the trick for that truck. Or maybe it was the pictorial history of the truck that Seabrook had on display. The thing was literally rebuilt from the ground up by Dave's own two hands, and the workmanship shows. It's quite a ride.
Meanwhile that same weekend, Brandon, Man. played host to Performance with Pride's third outing. Rain early on Saturday morning scared off many of the possible participants, but the diehard players made our trip from Carp to Winnipeg on Saturday evening well worth the effort.
Clarence Falk stole the show with his light display, carting home Best Lights, Combo, honors, while Jeff Fortune's Pete took Best Lights, Bobtail. Fortune admits to being quite thoroughly bitten by the show bug. Every time we run into him, he's got more to tell us about. This year, he's been working on the interior.
Falk, by the way, has added a darned impressive Pete to his fleet, sporting a 16-ft Indiana Custom sleeper with hardwood floors, hot-and-cold running water, and more chrome and velour than you can imagine.
The daytime action was just as impressive, with Bill Aylesworth's Unity 1 taking Best Combo honors. He made the trip all the way from Toronto. Alan Clayton scored some serious points with his blue-flame motif over the copper metallic Imron, and his gorgeous mural sure didn't cost him any points. Mark Brandt scored two solid seconds for Interior, Excluding Sleeper and Bobtail Lights.
So, that's the lowdown on the last three June events. We're out to the Fergus Truck Show at the end of July (26-29 to be exact), and we'll be at Rodeo du Camion the following weekend. If we survive those two, we'll have a report for you in September.
Minden Kinsmen Truck Pull Winners
4x2 Gas pickup Steve Carnochan. 178.69 ft
4x4 Gas SWB pickup Greg Robson, 188.60
4x4 Gas LWB pickup Rick Sisson, 318.2
4x4 Diesel pickup Attila Sallai, 322.86
Dually pickup Kirk Holden, 277.47
Tandem dump truck Tom Prentice Jr., 277.21
Tri-axle dump truck Scott Arnberg, 360.85
Log truck Dwight Little, 385.08
Highway tractor John Batty, 253.44
Minden Kinsmen Show and Shine Winners
2002-03 Highway tractor Keith Shuyler
1998-01 Highway tractor Doug Chaffey
1997 or older Highway tractor Dan Wallwork
2002-03 Working truck Terry Prentice
1998-01 Working truck Kim Hamilton
1994-97 Working truck Tom Prentice Jr.
1993 or older Working truck Merv Cowan
Fleet (5 or more) Working trucks Larry Hewitt Trucking
2001 or older Log truck Dwight Little
Antique 30 years or older Tom Britton
Perry Kimble Memorial Award
- People's Choice
Best truck Dave Pettes
Marg Prentice Memorial Award
- People's Choice
Best Antique Jack Prentice
Strawfest Show and Shine Winners
2001-03 Bobtail Grant Lough
1998-00 Bobtail Murray Kloosterman
1995-97 Bobtail Steve Langevin
1990-94 Bobtail Dan Coady
Combo, van Steve Cassidy
Combo, reefer Paul Wilson
Combo, tank Will Peppers
Combo, flat or dropdeck Scott Drummond
Combo, construction Greenbelt Construction
Combo, trains Andy Lapensee
Dump truck Bob Sugrue
Straight truck Jessie Langevin
Daycab Ron McKenzie
Vocational Rick Lindsay
Fleet, small Laidlaw Tank
Fleet, large Glen Tay
Heritage special (pre-1960) Mike Cavanaugh
Best 1980's Dave Seabrook
Best 1970's Steve Bowles
Best 1960's Jim Doel
Million Mile Club Bob Sugrue
Restored (non-working, 1960-80) Ron McKenzie
Engine Dave Seabrook
Interior Dave Seabrook
Paint Murray Kloosterman
Chrome Paul Wilson
Best of Show: Celebrity Pick Dan Lapensee
Best of Show: People's Choice Dave Seabrook
Pre-trip Inspection Lyoness Woodstock
Performance With Pride Winners
1. Allan Clayton; 2. Ed Friesen
1. Bill Aylesworth; 2. Clarence Falk
1. Jeff Fortune; 2. Elmer Campbell
1. Bill Aylesworth; 2. Allan Clayton
1. Clarence Falk
Interior, excluding sleeper
1. Jeff Fortune; 2. Mark Brandt
1. Bill Aylesworth; 2. Jeff Fortune
1. Jeff Fortune; 2. Mark Brandt
1. Clarence Falk; 2. Allan Clayton
Best bobtail Jeff Fortune
Best combo Bill Aylesworth
Longest travel Bill Aylesworth