David Wearing (R) from Church Enstone and Danny Walker (L) with their giant American Peterbilt trucks on the Saturday of a very wet and windy Blenheim Festival of Transport Picture: Ric Mellis 26/8/2018 Woodstock.
Calling all American truck owners and enthusiasts.... there is going to be an M25 convoy.. hopefully the most Yank trucks in a convoy ever in the UK in honour of the legendary Burt Reynolds who passed away on 6th September -
9.00 - 10.00: Lakeside/Thurrock Services
11.00-12.00: South Mimms Services
13.30-14.00: Cobham Services
14.45-15.30: Clacket Lane Services
16.00: Lakeside/Thurrock Services
This is being organised by Motor Show Events and they have asked George Matthews to lead with his Snowman / Bandit Kenworth W900 (pic here). So think back to the reason most of us love these trucks.. this is for the star of one of the two most famous trucking movies in history.
For me personally this will also be about honouring Jerry Reed (the actor, musician, singer, truck driver who was the one and only Snowman in Smokey and the Bandit) and who also passed away 10 years ago this month.
Let's make this BIG.
The Big Rig will be at the Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport on the 26th and 27th August.
The Festival of Transport 2017 at Blenheim Palace saw the introduction of the Electric Vehicle Zone featuring a range of electric vehicle manufacturers, companies and promoters. This ground-breaking content sat alongside a display of over 500 vintage, classic and modern classic vehicles and in doing so, broke all previous attendance records seen with almost 20,000 visitors in attendance.
As the premier vehicle event of the August Bank Holiday weekend and the only joint classic and electric vehicle event in the county, be sure to join us at this family friendly and simply stunning ‘Treasure House of England’ venue.
In the latest (March 2018) edition of Classic Truck magazine my attention was drawn to this article.... "Dangerous liaisons - Stories of truckers having illicit sexual encounters while away from home......" What I'd like to know is who told them.. Anyway, all publicity is good publicity though isn't it??
The Big Rig will be at Santa Pod on 28 & 29 October along with a whole convoy of other big American trucks.
Flame & Thunder is an action packed day for all the family featuring motorsport stunts and Drag Racing. Witness a huge gathering of jet vehicles and experience 300mph Nitro guzzling Top Fuel dragster along with cars and bikes from various classes of Drag Racing. Watch stunt displays including Monster Trucks, Drifting and Stunt Riders. The climax of the day will be a firework display and bonfire.
FREE ENTRY FOR KIDS! (Under 16s, max 3 per adult).
The Big Rig will be at the Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport on the 27th and 28th August.
Over 15,000 visitors attended the Festival of Transport in 2016 to experience the premier classic vehicle event of the August Bank Holiday weekend set in the grounds of the glorious Blenheim Palace. The Festival of Transport 2017 is a classic car and motorcycle show featuring a blend of 400+ vintage, classic and modern classic vehicles on display each day. For the first time in 2017, the event will also feature the Electric Automobile Association’s (ElectrAA) powered by Ovo Energy Electric Vehicle Zone.
It was a real pleasure to meet Fred Rust and his family. Had a great evening and thanks for all your hospitality. Hope to see you guys again sometime soon.
Great time had at Newbury Showground last weekend. This is the 2nd year this show has been run and we've been both years. We don't do very many shows at all but this is such a nice pleasant location and the show itself is not too hectic and crowded like a lot of others, just a chilled friendly atmosphere with the feel more of a local show. Nice way to spend a couple of days seeing a good mix of trucks, catching up with friends, taking the kids on a few rides and watching some of the events in the arena.
A little bit of good news out of a hell of a dreadful event. Troy’s family’s family friend Beth Harris got in touch with me last week about using the Big Rig for Troy’s funeral. Unfortunately as the truck is off the road being repaired I couldn’t commit to being available, but after a few days on the phone have managed by the looks of it to have had a hand in getting THE Optimus Prime(!!) of Transformers fame to make the 500 mile round trip to Canterbury on 8th May. Many thanks Hasbro for coming through with this..