The rain might have dampened the May bank holiday for some this weekend but in Peterborough, the rain was no match for monster trucks, celebrity guests and much more at this year’s Truckfest Peterborough, which was held from 6th-7th May.
Returning to the event for the first time in 12 years, RTITB were not only exhibiting, but were also proud associate sponsors of the event, which celebrated its 30th anniversary. Kicking off the celebrations on Saturday evening, exhibitors, hauliers and campers were invited to the RTITB marquee for a free hog roast and live music. Welcoming hundreds of visitors throughout the evening, the stand was buzzing and enabled the RTITB staff to meet with drivers, enthusiasts and their families.
During the two day event, the RTITB staff, armed with their wellington boots, met with thousands of professional drivers and enthusiasts who were gifted with a specially designed penalty notice which informed them of the September 2014 Driver CPC deadline. Each penalty notice also contained a free Master Driver CPC tax disc holder for their car or lorry. Other free gifts included RTITB mugs, pens and sweets.
In keeping with the fun theme of the event, visitors were provided with a variety of family entertainment in the RTITB marquee, including a hypnotist and magician show, free caricatures by artist Edd Travers, and a dedicated children’s area where the best 3 coloured logos won a £10 shopping voucher. Celebrity guests, including Ice Road Truckers’ Lisa Kelly and Coronation Street’s Chris Fountain also visited the marquee, much to the delight of many of the RTITB staff!
As the weekend drew to a close, RTITB’s Operations Director, Laura Nelson, took part in the exhibitor’s parade at the main stadium, answering questions relating to Driver CPC and training through the Master Driver CPC Consortium and as sponsors, awarded ¬the winners of the Best Small Fleet award who were as follows:
1st Place: McGawn Brothers
2nd Place: Alwin Limited
3rd Place: F.G Bond & Sons
As an event that is designed specifically with drivers in mind, RTITB fully utilised this opportunity to raise awareness of the impending Driver CPC for LGV deadline, and the benefits associated for drivers of obtaining their training through a Master Driver CPC Consortium member. In keeping with this, drivers were provided with the Master Driver CPC Members Directory, a full list of all current providers of Master Driver CPC training. A special competition was also run throughout the weekend, whereby four drivers could win 35 hours of Periodic Training with a Master Driver CPC Consortium member.
The rain certainly did not defeat the weekend and with an estimated 100,000 people in attendance over 3 days, Truckfest Peterborough 2012 has been a triumphant success for all involved. RTITB would like to thank everyone who visited us over the weekend and a special thank you to current Master Driver CPC Consortium members and staff who came to show their support.
For more information on forthcoming RTITB events, visit www.rtitb.co.uk/forthcoming.