Perhaps a virtual truck show is even better than getting your favourite truck stuck in a muddy field with the real thing?

There are plenty of truck show fans who would disagree, but at least it is a chance to show off some metal and take home some (virtual) glory.

So, DAF Trucks has revealed the winners of its 2021 Virtual Truck Show – the second online event in successive years following ongoing pandemic restrictions and the postponement of the truck industry’s traditional show season.

DAF Truck Show Winners 2021
The DAF Truck Show Winners 2021

Three winners have been selected after DAF Trucks’ Social Media channels were flooded with more than 400 entrants over the recent Bank Holiday weekend. The market-leader reports that its online platforms reached an audience figures of in excess of 100,000.

Three category winners have now been selected, with trophies going to:

  • ‘Best Show Truck’ – XF530 FTS – JL Cox (Cranes) Ltd. (driver Jason Coles)
  • ‘Best Working Truck’ – Travis Perkins – CF330 FAN – (driver Shaun Cato)
  • ‘Best Classic DAF or Leyland Truck’ – HJ Haws Haulage (Stephen Haws’ 1996 Leyland DAF 95 400 ATi Space Cab)

The winners and their respective companies earn themselves a DAF Driver magazine trophy and a professional photo-shoot to feature in future issues of the magazine. The winning trucks will also take pride-of-place on the DAF Trucks stand at Truckfest ’21 in Peterborough over the end-of-August Bank Holiday weekend.

The Best Show Truck winner is an 80-tonne DAF XF 530 FTS in the colours of JL Cox (Cranes) Ltd., “I was absolutely bowled-over when I got the call from DAF,” said driver, Jason Coles, “The truck does a lot of specialist heavy work and it can get pretty filthy. We spent quite a bit of money on making it look the part, so it deserves to be seen in all its glory. I take a lot of pride in looking after it,” he said.”