Welcome to Pro-Trucker Magazine
“The Voice of Western Canadian Truckers.”
In February 1999 the dream of a Western Canadian Trucking Magazine became a reality. Until then the only magazines available in Western Canada were published in Ontario and the advertisers, for the most part, were from the East. Today Western Canadian truckers have their own magazine that is quite unique in that we don’t write technical articles. Instead Pro-Trucker is an entertainment magazine where you can read about other drivers and their life on the road; their problems and how they handle them; issues of the day and the ever present humour that hopefully will put a smile on your face when you are far from home.
This may be a surprise to some of our new readers (definitely not to our long-time friends) but now and then we mess up here at Pro-Trucker. Some of the highlights have been things like our Septmember 2012 cover (yes you read that right) or last year when we wrote that a trophy sponsored by Coast Powertrain was sponsored by someone else. Although Dave Stewart from Coast Powertrain may argue the point, this one takes the cake. Can you imagine working all year on a beautiful custom show truck and then after winning a much prized trophy at BC Big Rig Weekend having some fool (that would be me) approve the wrong picture for our BC Big Rig Weekend issue? That is exactly what happened to Ron Allen and Erika Svendson owners of TDC Truck and Diesel and the gorgeous truck pictured below. I know for a fact that one of them was furious and although I will not mention who, Erika I hope this makes it right. Big Rig Weekend in Alberta was in my opinion the best yet. The trucks were absolutely amazing was one comment I heard from someone I think has seen a lot more chrome than most people and that is Suzy from ZZ Chrome. I did mention that her and Johnny had a lot to do with it as they supplied the majority of the chrome at the show. One trade booth that was very busy was ABC Fun Plates. They make custom license plates. My favourite was, “Semi Crazy”. OH yeah…and Lindsay – you can celebrate your birthday at Alberta Big Rig Weekend anytime – what a party! The truck on our cover has been sitting and patiently waiting for the return of it’s driver Jeff Hildebrand, our November 2012 Rig of the Month Driver, who drives for All Weather Windows. Jeff was awarded the ‘Wowtrucks 365 Award’ at Alberta Big Rig Weekend. This award is given to a driver who demonstrates pride, professionalism and dedication to the trade 365 days of the year. Jeff is currently fighting the big fight and I know I speak for all of us when I say, “Hang in there buddy, we’re all thinking about you and we will see you next year at Big Rig”! The real purpose of the Big Rig Weekends is often misunderstood by people who have never attended one. Yes we do have the largest big rig show and shines in Western Canada but that is only part of the event. If you want to compete and win a trophy that is great but if that is the only reason you want to be there then you are selling yourself short. Big Rig Weekends are a family weekend event. Where people in the industry get together with old friends and have the opportunity to make new ones. Often drivers get to meet other drivers that they have only seen when passing on the road. Or they may have the opportunity to get reacquainted with drivers they worked with in the past. You will find old timers continuing unfinished conversations from last year about which is the better engine, (Arguing with a truck driver by the way, has been compared to mud wrestling with a pig – after a while you realize that the pig actually enjoys it.) or they will tell each other the same old lies and jokes they’ve told a million times before. Often you will see a truck pull in with mom and dad up front and little faces excitedly peeking out of the sleeper. Not everyone has a pimped out ride. Many of the drivers who have been coming to Big Rig Weekends every year have no intention, or expectation, of ever winning a trophy. They wash their truck, polish their chrome and join the show. This year we even have a ‘display’ category for those who want to bring their trucks but not compete. Showers are available so many of the drivers sleep in their trucks. The judging of the show and shine itself is a daunting task. Often the scores of 3 or 4 trucks will be within a point or two of each other. When that happens the judges go back out and decide who will get the coveted 1st and 2nd place trophies. By the way, this is the only time that the judges know who the winners are because in all other cases they only see their own score cards. The most important part of any show and shine is the independence of the judges. Shows have died because of the judges so any hint of favouritism is avoided at all costs. That is why we do not use judges from dealerships, paint and body shops, parts suppliers, or any other commercial part of the industry where a judge may have a professional relationship with one of the drivers. That does not mean everyone will agree with their decisions but it is safe to say that you will never make everyone happy in any competition. There are always those who will see things differently. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That being said the vast majority of the competitors leave each year with big smiles and new ideas and changes in mind for the following year. There are games and prizes for the kids and the Saturday night best lights competition is like Chrismas in July. Many times the bands that play at Big Rig Weekends is the first “concert” that kids attend. So come join the fun.