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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.
The truck show season is over and, while we always look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones, when looking back at the shows once they are over, it’s hard not to let out a sigh of relief. Don’t get me wrong we love them and we are by far not the only ones who put in a lot of work to make them happen. The drivers who bring out their trucks make a huge sacrifice in time and money. Many nights and weekends are spent detailing these trucks and then there is the last minute rush, often 24 hour scrambles, including a few days off, to get the trucks ready.
Taking BC Big Rig Weekend inside this year was amazing. In the 70,000 square feet of indoor space we had 60 trucks, the trade booths, beer garden and stage as well as a bouncy castle and miniature golf course. Jamie Davis’ booth at both BC and Alberta had constant line ups as he signed posters and posed for pictures with his many fans – both young and old.
We changed the layout for the grounds at Alberta Big Rig Weekend and it too worked out very well. The children’s area with bouncy castle and miniature golf also included some amazingly realistic radio controlled trucks which everyone loved.
It is always good to see the reaction of people from BC who come to Alberta and in turn the Alberta people who come to the BC event. The common comment from people from both sides of the Rockies is, “Wow, I had no idea you had such beautiful iron out here.”
This year we were asked by Master Productions, out of New Brunswick, to organize a Show and Shine for Truxpo 2014. I was very apprehensive at first because in the past the turn out for show and shines at trade shows in the west has been very poor. But our friends came through and once the word was out we were inundated with requests to be there. I wish we could have invited everyone but we were restricted to 30 trucks and we wanted to include as many categories as we could. As usual some the trucks were called out at the last minute but a quick call to other drivers quickly filled the spots. You can see pictures of some of the trucks on pages 30 and 31.
Shocking Statistics – 158 Canadian soldiers died while serving in Afghanistan. Since their return 179 soldiers have taken their own lives. Of the 250 soldiers who served with our writer Scott Casey in Sarajevo, a peace keeping mission, 1 was killed in action, and 11 have since taken their own lives.
For those who have not seen the documentary that Scott participated in you can go to YouTube and search for “Sector Sarajevo.” It is an amazing film that all Canadians, especially our politicians, should see. Their director, Barry Stevens, recently won the 2014 Writer’s Guild of Canada, Screenwriting Award for the film. The truth will shock you.