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Bombay aims to be even better

Bombay aims to be even better

NZ Truck & Driver News

 April 2021   

The next two-yearly Bombay Truck Show isn’t on until next February – but planning is already well under way to make it “bigger and better – if that is possible.”

The organising committee for the second show, to be held at the Bombay Rugby Club (and adjoining private property) on February 12, says that both of the naming rights sponsors for 2020’s inaugural show – Allied Petroleum and Transfleet Trailers – “have jumped at the chance to come back onboard.”

That first show saw 280 trucks and 37 trade stands – overflowing from the two rugby fields onto more than 20 acres of what is usually market gardens. 

It attracted 8000 showgoers to an event that resulted in $68,000 being raised for charity and local community organisations.

Committee member Marieka Morcombe says the organisers “are hugely thankful to all the sponsors of our 2020 event – and we really look forward to what 2022 promises to bring.”

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The next two-yearly Bombay Truck Show isn’t on until next February – but planning is already well under way to make it “bigger and better – if that is possible.”

The organising committee for the second show, to be held at the Bombay Rugby Club (and adjoining private property) on February 12, says that both of the naming rights sponsors for 2020’s inaugural show – Allied Petroleum and Transfleet Trailers – “have jumped at the chance to come back onboard.”

That first show saw 280 trucks and 37 trade stands – overflowing from the two rugby fields onto more than 20 acres of what is usually market gardens. 

It attracted 8000 showgoers to an event that resulted in $68,000 being raised for charity and local community organisations.

Committee member Marieka Morcombe says the organisers “are hugely thankful to all the sponsors of our 2020 event – and we really look forward to what 2022 promises to bring.”

New Zealand Truck & Driver has also committed to continue its support of the show – and director Hayden Woolston has joined the organising committee: “I was on the sidelines of the last show and I could see how well the show was run and how so many people got enjoyment out of it – plus the fact so much money got raised for charity and the local community.”

The five-strong committee, comprising Woolston and local operators and contractors, is “looking to make the show bigger and better – if that is possible – but also being very careful about sticking to the show’s original concept. 

“The Bombay Truck Show was created from a place of wanting to give back and showing off our amazing industry at the same time.”

The committee’s vision is to “create a show where the transport industry gets showcased to its fullest, at a not-for-profit event.”

In that way, says Woolston, “we can make a real difference – by giving donations to charities that help all of us and to the community that supported us from the start. Our intention is that everyone benefits from the event – and thoroughly enjoys it.”

The show’s concept is, he says, “the perfect way to run a charity truck show: The overheads are low – we don’t have to pay for the grounds, as the local community gets behind us in a big way, and they benefit from it…

“Last year the only expenses for the show were portaloos, security and show ‘n’ shine prizes! So close to 100% of the money raised went to charity and the local community.” Sixty-six prizes were awarded on the day to the participants with the best trucks. 

Morcombe stresses that on the day the show “will feel the same,” but its organisation has been improved, made easier.

Exhibitor and sponsor information for the 2022 Allied Petroleum/Transfleet Trailers Bombay Truck Show is available by emailing bombaytruckshow@gmail.com  


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