Over the past two years, due the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions in place at the time, most events were either cancelled or re-scheduled for a future date.
However, after the restrictions were relaxed earlier this year, event organisers were able to get back to organising events, whilst ensuring that the public and exhibitors were kept safe by following ongoing government guidelines.
One of these events was Truckfest, which has been one of Europe’s greatest trucking festivals since 1983. The last time the show visited Cheshire was back in September 2019.
However, after the easing of restrictions, the event organisers set about adding 2021 dates to their events calendar for the remainder of the year, so that they could keep the atmosphere and spirit of Truckfest active.
It was also a time to recognise and reward the hard work of the truck drivers, so they could enjoy some time with their families at the show.
On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th October 2021, Truckfest North West returned to the Cheshire Showground in Knutsford. Even the warm and sunny weather during Sunday’s show contributed to drawing the crowds back to the showground.
This year there were no exhibitor parades, but it still gave the crowds a chance to walk around the stationary truck displays, chat to the drivers and take photos of some of their favourite trucks and liveries.
The organisers continued to make sure that the crowds were kept entertained with the main arena action.
First up – at midday – was the Broke FMX motorcycle stunt display team (above), who entertained the crowds with cliff hangers, seat grabs and backflips, which were performed up to 30ft in the air.
Then, 2pm saw the turn of Tony Dixon and the Swamp Thing 4×4 monster truck. Tony is currently the UK monster truck racing and joint freestyle champion but likes nothing more than meeting new and existing fans at Truckfest.
Tony and Swamp Thing have also featured on various tv shows. During the main arena event, Tony entertained the crowds by performing various jumps over crushed cars.
Article and images by Ian Stanway