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2005 Show Dates
The full list of entry forms for the 2005 shows can be downloaded from the event section of this website. We look forward to seeing old and new friends.

Happy New Year
 From us all at The Events Centre may we wish all our friends a very Happy New Year

Truck Show Results
 We have added the results of this years truck show to the website. To download please click on events then select the truck show link.

Police issue nationwide hunt
 A nationwide hunt has been launched for the driver of a lorry which failed to stop after being involved in a fatal collision on the westbound A303 near Thruxton shortly before 2pm last Tuesday (August 31). 10-year-old Harry Luke Simcox, from the Milton Keynes area, died after the lorry struck the Peugeot he was travelling in, causing the car to spin off the road and collide with a stationary yellow low loader lorry which was parked in a lay-by at the side of the road. His father sustained serious head injuries and is still in a serious but stable condition at Salisbury District Hospital. Officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Road Death Investigation Team are keen to identify the lorry, which is believed to have had a white cab, blue sides and back. The vehicle may have had some form of lettering on a plate attached to the rear of the lorry. The lorry is believed to have turned off of the A303 at the A338 turning towards Tidworth. Officers are unsure of its next movements. The team is also keen to trace a similar lorry which was seen travelling on the westbound A303 around the time of the incident. This vehicle had a plate on its rear carrying either the letters AA LL EN or A(then a motif)LL EN in red. This vehicle may or may not have been the one involved in the collision. Harry’s family joined together to issue an emotional appeal for help from the public. Jo Flounders (mum), Debs Simcox (step mum) and Chris Flounders (step dad) issued the following appeal at Salisbury District Hospital. “Harry was a very special boy who touched everybody’s lives. He was loved by two families and all of his friends. He wanted to be a rock star. Everyone who knew Harry said what a wonderful boy he was. “We know that the driver involved isn’t going to be able to live with themselves. We want to find who was involved in this collision so we can come to terms with what has happened. “For the lorry driver, you know you were involved in the collision. You may not know that Harry died. If anyone knows who the lorry driver was, or has any information that could help, we would urge them to come forward.” The Road Death Investigation team also provided an update on how the investigation is going. Sergeant Andy Timms said: “We are currently pursuing many lines of enquiry. These involve linking in with surrounding forces, with our partner agencies involved in any form of haulage industry or the enforcement of goods vehicles. “We have alerted the ports and other intelligence sources, and we have been researching haulage firms, CCTV, and are pursing lines of enquiry along the route we believe the lorry may have come from. “We have also spoken to the haulage industry publications and released information through their sources and across the CB network. “We are sure this lorry driver knows of the accident, but they may not know of the extent of the crash. The lorry may not be local, it could be from anywhere in the country. “We are appealing to haulage firms, transport managers, and anyone in connection with the industry to be alert for a lorry with a white cab and blue back and sides, which may have fresh damage to the front, or whose driver may be acting differently, to come forward. “We need the industry to help us, to put a closure on the enquiry. Your assistance and any information, no matter how small, may be the last piece of the jigsaw we require.” Anyone with information about the collision or the vehicle involved is asked to contact Operation Rufford on 0845 045 45 45.

Truck Show Report
 The Barnard Castle Truck again lived up to its reputation as one of the friendliest shows on trucking calendar. Crowds of 1000’s flocked to the Show over the Bank Holiday weekend to enjoy a good family day out. The sun shone almost continuously on the splendid array of vehicles assembled on the show field just outside the town. It would be impossible to choose a single favourite from the 300 commercial trucks, but Bob the Builder from A E Wilsons and Scooby Doo courtesy of Greg Saynor from Sheffield would certainly have won the children’s votes, whilst the adults could only stand back in admiration of the immaculate livery work which had been polished to the highest degree in readiness for the judging. The standard was exceptional as trucks from the UK’s showcase fleets including Sandy Kydd, Hinchliffe, Coles, Richardson, David Murray & G W Lee were represented. Leading manufacturers Deawoo, Scania, Bells - Mercedes, DAF and Volvo were there to lend their support to the event. A fine collection of Vintage vehicles and steam engines was on display for those who enjoy stepping back in time, whilst the splendour of the Showman’s engines were best enjoyed at night when they were brought into the centre of the showground to illuminate the evening entertainment around the bar area. The ‘Lights at Night’ class provided interest with spectacular shining trucks from Lightening Haulage from Tyneside (very appropriate) and Peacock Transport from Kent with over 300 lights on this footballing themed truck. Throughout each day there was lawnmower racing and tractor pulling to watch as well as events for the World’s Strongest Man, whilst the fairground was in attendance for those who prefer to experience the thrills for themselves. The presence of magnificent birds of prey provided an alternative source of interest, as did the team of dogs offering sledge rides to young children. There was a wide range of goods to be purchased from the large number of trade stands and craft stalls, which were offering everything from a window cleaning mop or a set of spanners to a new outfit for that cute toddler. Thankfully plenty of food and liquid refreshment was available to keep the energy levels up. The weekend concluded with the presentation of prizes which had been generously sponsored by both local and national companies. The glory was not only for the show case trucks as the range of classes included Courier vans, pick – ups and commercial fleets. All the prize w inners were congratulated on their hard work and high standards which reflected their pride in their vehicles. The event organiser and congenial host, John Toulson, was to be seen throughout the weekend doing everything from car park duty to driving a tractor. The success of the whole weekend was a credit to John and his team. For visitors it was a full and enjoyable day out – for exhibitors, the organisation and friendly atmosphere made for a great weekend. Marion Jones –