The Waterford Truck & Motor Show is now a firm fixture on the annual transport calendar, and the 2018 event continues its well-earned and deserved reputation for being a well-run occasion for families, truck enthusiasts, and good fun all-round.
Importantly, the weekend’s activities raised much needed funds for a nominated local charity, and this year’s charity was the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI), which has special meaning for communities in Waterford and the South East.
The show attracted transport’s finest from all over Ireland, with many vehicles from abroad to the Waterford Institute Arena. The Arena is just off the N25 and proved to be the perfect location to host the annual get-together. Apart from the steady stream of visitors over the weekend, the event was well supported by industry partners with all truck manufacturers and component suppliers availing of the chance to meet and greet their customers in a relaxed social setting. Among them were Circle K, Bridgestone and Transpec, plus trailer and body builders such as Dennison Trailers, Gleeson Truck Bodies and Robinson Trailers. Wright Insurance Brokers and the IRHA were also on hand to discuss operators and drivers concerns.
In addition to the many outdoor trade stands, inside the Arena, a vast array of model trucks and transport collectables were to be found. The indoor display also included an exhibition of remote-control model trucks and earth moving machinery at work on an expansive scaled down road/off-road network. This non-stop working exhibit kept visitors (of all ages) fascinated by the range of vehicles and the skill of the drivers. Over the two-days, other events included tractor-pulling and a full programme of evening entertainment with music and dancing.
Immense credit should go to the organising team who worked hard resulting in another memorable occasion. In turn, the team would like to thank everyone who supported the event, and to everyone who travelled, especially the companies and drivers who made the crossing from the UK, shipping in with thanks to Victor Treacy International.
Once again the 2018 Waterford Truck & Motor Show highlighted the positive aspects of the road transport industry and the generosity of the people who work in it – well done to all concerned.
Each year the family, friends and staff from O’ Donovan Transport, Cork, travel to the Waterford Truck & Motor Show as a mark of respect to the late Kevin O’ Donovan. With 1.5 million kilometres on the clock, the Scania 143M 450 registered, 95 C 2100, will always be affectionately referred to as “Kevin’s Lorry” in Carrigtwohill. Paul White