The West’s biggest truck show is leaving its home at the Royal Bath and West Showground and heading north to Malvern – so a group of Somerset truckers are planning their own new attraction.
Dave Cross, Mark Parsons, Simon Edworthy and Paul Cosh say their Wessex Truck Show could attract up to 300 machines. It will take place on Yeovil Showground on August 10 and 11.
Mr Cross, who works for S Morris, said: “We heard that Truckfest was moving and we believe there is a massive gap in the market for the South West for a truck show.
“There is provision for 300 vehicles at Yeovil showground and the land is very well drained. There will be trade stands and market stalls and a craft fair and we are working very hard to bring a farmers’ market.
“There will be working trucks, show trucks, recovery vehicles, vintage and retro vehicles. This is the first year and there won’t be ring attractions like Truckfest had but there will be competitions and trophies and we have top judges coming down. We hope to attract 5,000 people.
“We are also planning a truck-pulling contest and we are asking people who want to enter a team of six.”
The show will also raise money for St Margaret’s Hospice and bibic, the Bridgwater-based charity for Brain Injured Children.
It will also aim to promote local businesses.
Adult tickets are expected to be £6 with child tickets £3 and a family ticket for two adults and two children £15.
A weekend family pass will be £25.
Truckfest is Peterborough-based and holds a series of shows around the country.
It had been coming to the Royal Bath and West Showground for 26 years but had only needed to hire the ground, not the buildings.
Dr Jane Guise, chief executive of the Royal Bath and West Society, said yesterday that with unpredictable weather it made more sense for the buildings to be available for hire, and a three-day Antiques Fair will take Truckfest’s place.
“Antiques are becoming more and more popular, we have another fair this weekend,” she said.
Bob Limming from Truckfest said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed the last 26 years at the Bath & West Showground.
“We felt it was time to increase the catchment area of the event and attract hauliers from throughout Wales, together with the traditional visitors from the Midlands and the West Country.”