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Big Pete’s Big Appearances, also A Few Website & Crew Changes

I’m sure it hasn’t escaped anyones notice about the lack of updates on the web site recently, rest assured we are working on it at the moment and are about to put a load more information and a couple more pages online soon.

To keep you interested here is a bit of news from the last few months:

First of all, many of you will have noticed that the guestbook system has changed slightly. This was for security reasons as we were having a lot of bogus advertising posts (SPAM) in the guestbook. Please don’t be put off by the new system, althougth it takes a little longer for you to post it saves us time every day as we dont have to check posts for links to spam websites.

The more observant of you may have noticed the home page picture now features a red Mk2 Escort drag car in the foreground, with the truck jumping behind. This was taken at the recent ford festival at York Raceway. The car has been bought by Big Pete Ltd and will feature in the action for those participating in the up coming corporate days. A seperate site for the race car will feature shortly.

Speaking of which we have now held one corporate day for a group of people from Manchester, and are now reviewing feedback and suggestions to try and improve an already successful and enjoyable day, to ensure that not only will the experience be even more exciting but also ways to ensure more of you out there can enjoy the experience!

A bit has changed on the crew side as well this season. Those of you that have seen our live show will have seen Paul and Michael as usual. Sadly Joey no longer tours with us due to other commitments, also I (shoulders) am no longer able to attend many shows due to trying to forge a career in motorsport logistics. Two new faces that you may have noticed are a young lad known as Bean, and also Des. Anyone who has viseted York Raceway will recognise Des as the cheif marshal at the track, instantly recognisable by the big grin he always sports (oh yeah, the absence of half a leg is a give-away as well!!) Both of these new crew members will be added to the crew list as soon as suitable pictures are found that won’t scare the kids!

If any of you happen to live in or visited holland in the spring time you may have noticed Big Pete featured in a McDonald’s commercial on television over there. Michael, Paul and Des travelled over the north seas in march for the three day ad shoot where the truck was featured racing into the car park, stopping on top of the cars. A low resolution video of this ad will be on the site as soon as we get a copy from the producers. click here to go to videos.

Following on from the McDonald’s commercial, another Dutch TV company contacted us to feature in a program called ’100 Things to do before you die’, and they came to film with us at the York Raceway. The shoot involved their presenter, first of all being kitted up and strapped into the passenger seat of the truck, before being given the ride of his life as Michael tried his hardest to make the presenter scream on TV!. Once he had composed himself from that experience it was his turn as he was taught the controls and skills required to pilot the monster machine over the cars ‘flying solo’. Again i hope to have footage of this on line as soon as possible. click here to go to videos

Michael and Bean have been on the road for the last couple of months, covering many miles on the way from the civil servents show in Kent all the way up to the Tain Gala in the north of Scotland, calling at many venues along the way, being joined on event by Paul and his family. Counting all events so far this season the truck and crew have featured on the bill at nearly 20 show days without mechanical, mental or physical breakdown. Not a bad achievement for any team and the tens of thousands of fans are never left dissappointed.

Frantic Start of Season for Big Pete

Michael, Paul and Joey are in the middle of a frantic start to the season, so here are a couple of updates to let you know how all things Big Pete are getting on;

Truckfest: This was a last minute show so sorry it didn’t get on the event listings in time, we’ll try and get back in the area towards the end of the season. It was a bit of a wet weekend, making a real mess of the site and dampening everyones spirits, the crouds did come once the weather backed off a bit later in the day though. We were only there on static display so a steady weekend with not a lot of action. We did get a chance to speak to a lot of people and start to make plans for the future

Newark and Notts County Show: this was our first official outing as Big Pete Ltd. and also the first car crush of the year. The shows went well apart from problems with the rebuilt front A arms. From Newark Michael and Joey set off to catch the ferry over to Northern Ireland from Stranragh on Tuesday morning, whilst Paul took the a-arms back to Hull to be modified.

Portrush, Northern Ireland: The week was a resounding success with the truck back to it’s old reliable self, touch wood this will remain so for another season. We did a total of four demonstrations over the three days, alternating between two different venues, the local police escorting us between events to save a lot of wheel changing for transit. Thanks also go out to Team Xtream who are a great bunch of lads, prooving again that the white rose of Yorkshire produces the best showmen in the UK!! Thanks to the Colraine council for their assistance and hospitality, and finally a special big thanks to Big AL our compere and host of the best night club in the world Kelly’s, Portrush (Al, we’ll be in touch!) A few pictures from this event can be found here.

And last but not least, Brands Hatch: The pictures and report are now in the gallery, click here to check them out.