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2013-06-03 13:40

CAR CRUSHER: Driver Nigel Morries wows the crowds in his Monster truck Big Foot at the Truckmania festival on May 27, 2013. image: Newspress

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Sometimes two or four wheels just aren’t enough… petrolheads of a different nature gathered to pay some respect to the monster-wheelers at a Truckmania fest.

Motoring events have to draw the crowds with something special for everyone and Truckmania in the UK did just that during a long public-holiday weekend which ended on May 27.

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The Beaulieu National Motor Museum hosted the Truckmania festival with a ‘Big Foot' monster truck as the show-stopper.

There were lorries, trucks and even remote-controlled trucks in a Mini World for the 7000 visitors to be charmed by 150 multi-wheeled vehicles.

Whether it was vintage, veteran, commercial or brand-new; modern eco-lorries, plus some very colourful customised creations were all on display.

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Dalton’s pitched up with some eye-catching film-branded vehicles, Sean M Taylor Transport showed off its F1-themed truck and KER Transport’s Ice Truckers branded truck.  Other names included Saints Transport’s jubilee trucks, Harris Transport, Whites & Co Ltd and Bournemouth & Poole Preservation Society’s stunning range of vintage and veteran commercial transport vehicles.

Sunseeker International brought along a Sovereign boat owned by Sunseeker founder Robert Braithwaite. It happens to be the very boat he drove in the James Bond film 'Quantum of Solace' with Daniel Craig on board.

Big Foot wowed the crowds daily with its sheer size and power as driver Nigel Morris took it through its paces with gravity-defying wheelies and a car-crushing display.

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Other highlights included Tug-a-Truck for young and old while truck drivers took part in a series of truck-agility rounds to test various manoeuvring abilities including hitching up a trailer carrying a bath full of water.

There were free fairground dodgems rides and an inflatable playground for kids, along with mini truck driving on Beaulieu’s own Dipstick Driving Circuit.

The next Beaulieu Truckmania event will be over May 25/26, 2014, should you happen to be in the UK then.

Visit the website for more information or join the conversation with @Beaulieu_Hants on Twitter using #truckmania.

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