Hundreds and hundreds of cars, full of families, friends and truck enthusiasts, came to see dozens and dozens of gleaming trucks gathered at Claremorris Riding Center for the second Connacht Truck Show.
As the sun shone in the “Heart of the West”, the large crowd that attended the event were treated to entertainment and interesting events such as a simulated roadside rescue by the local division from the Mayo Fire Department, pony rides, a magician and face painting engagement. A selection of food trucks, mobile coffee units and ice cream vans were also on hand and in use. Additionally, stalls selling clothing and merchandise, as well as vehicle care products were also on sale.
During the event, organized by Fleet Transport magazine and for the benefit of My canine companion charity, participants could choose their favorite truck and participate in a draw for €500 worth of fuel. Also in the paddock next to the trucks was a selection of specially prepared show cars in the Shine & Show exhibition, which also attracted a lot of attention.
Among the wide range of trucks lined up from many brands, applications and age profiles, they were all up for awards.
Interestingly, it was a 1987 ex-Foden multi-axle army recovery truck that won the Visitor’s Choice award, operated by Shaw Commercials, Castlebar, and received the Paddy Kelly Memorial Cup.
Featured on the list of winners included:
- Best Scania: Darragh Moon, Westport; Hannon Transport (Graigavon & Dublin) – Scania R520 Topline.
- Best Volvo: JJ Flynn; Barker Haulage (Tourmakeady) – Volvo FH500 Globetrotter 6×4 rigid.
- Best DAF: Stephen Mullen, Tubbercurry; Transport Sligo – DAF XF 480 4×2
- Best Renault: Fergal Reilly, Beirne Express Freight (Westport) – Renault T High 520 4×2
- Best Mercedes-Benz: Tom Collins, Donovan Transport (Tipperary) – Miniature Mercedes-Benz Actros.
- Best Classic: Paul Moon (Westport) – 2002 Volvo FH12
- Best vintage: Paddy Dooley (Headford) – Volvo F10 1988
Other eye-catching trucks on display include the new Renault T High 520 6×2 Special Edition with a new Schmitz Cargobull refrigerated trailer, the new ITOY 2022 award-winning DAF XF & XG series, the latest Scania 560 S Super and two versions of the Volvo range F H. Examples of yesteryear such as the 1972 Thorneycroft Carmichael Nubian Major Airport Fire Appliance Truck and the American-built Kenworth long-haul tractor showed their true pedigree.
Of the new vans shown, the recently launched Fiat Ducato was lined up alongside two new award-winning all-electric vans from Peugeot, the e-Partner and the e-Expert.
Thanking all participants, visitors, volunteers and sponsors who made the day so successful and memorable, Jarlath Sweeney, Fleet Transport commented: “It was a great day for everyone and on behalf of the organizers and venue owners, the Hanley family plus the designated charity My Canine Companion, our sincere thanks for your support and generous contribution. Truck owners and drivers deserve great credit and gratitude for coming to Claremorris, not only from across the province, but from further afield. Each truck on display was beautifully presented. The event has found a place in the West for this type of event, some of which take place across the country during the summer, and we look forward to next year to make it bigger and even better!
Representing the designated charity My Canine Companion; Aoife Conroy was very pleased with the event and the generous support from the attendees: “Working with the team at Fleet Magazine and seeing the time and effort put into organizing an event like this has been an honor, we can’t thank them enough for choosing My Canine Companion – Autism & Therapy Services as our dedicated and rallying charity.
We were delighted to see such a fantastic display of trucks, vans and cars at Claremorris Riding Center for the Connacht Truck Show 2022 and would like to thank all participants for coming and supporting the show and the charity . The support from the audience was greatly appreciated and it was a pleasure to talk to so many people and educate them about what My Canine Companion – Autism & Therapy Services is and to meet our autistic service dog Archie, who passed a wonderful time meeting everyone. too and I loved receiving all the hugs and caresses. Money raised by Show will go towards training and qualifying more dogs like Archie, which children with autism and families like ours desperately need. Thank you all.”