Why Did You Decide to Attend the Atlantic Truck Show?

by Katy de Vries

MONCTON, N.B. – The Atlantic Truck Show is a two-day biannual event that brings together trucking professionals from across the Atlantic region and some from across the country as well.

With the cancellation of two of Canada’s largest truck shows this year, the Atlantic show took on a special meaning.

Whether it’s to buy a new rig, accessorize a classic, get maintenance tips on an over the road vehicle or see old friends and talk shop with colleagues, drivers who attend truck shows have one thing in common – they love to drive.

Needless to say, Truck News was there. And we took the opportunity to ask drivers why they decided to attend the show and what they were getting out of being there.

Jason Cannon, made the trek from Dartmouth, N.S., to attend the show. He said he likes to go to shows to see all the new toys.

“I love truck shows, I haven’t missed one of these yet,” said Cannon.

He also said he likes the show’s social aspect.

“I’ve always tried to make it to the show over the years. I came to see what was going on in the industry and more specifically, I want to see any new trucks and any new interior looks,” said Jeremie Cormier, a company driver with Mike Boudreau Seafood.

Owner/operator, Austin Seaward, of Seaward Trucking in St. John, N.B., wisecracked shows are designed so that the patrons leave with empty pockets.

“That’s the whole point of a show, they want you to spend your money, but I’m trying not to do that. I just came here to look and see what’s out there,” said Seaward.

Jim McCarthy of King Freight Lines said he sees shows as an opportunity to get answers to his questions.

“I like to cover all the booths and ask lots of questions,” said the company driver. “We don’t usually get a chance to see what’s out there because we are always on the road, so sometimes we have no idea what’s on the market. It’s great to come here and see what kind of things are available to us.”

Island Excavator’s driver, Mark Cavanagh, attended the Atlantic Truck Show for the first time this year, but said he will definitely be back again.

“We’ve made it through the whole show and it was great,” said Cavanagh. “I especially like to see all the new products that are on the market, there are some pretty interesting things out there.”

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