The 174th Penrith District Show is coming to town this Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27.
The show features a huge variety of arts and crafts on displays as well as ring events, including a variety of horse events. The fireworks spectacular begins at 7.30pm on Saturday night.
This year’s show will also be the debut appearance for the Team D-MAX precision driving team’s newest recruit, local driver Laurence Cripps, and the unveiling of the team’s brand new fleet of performance vehicles.
Team D-MAX who have been known by a number of guises over the years, originally formed as the Holden Precision Driving Team in the 1960s.
Appearing alongside Michael Long (33), Jack Monkhouse (35) and Dave Shannon (63), Cripps at age 27 becomes the youngest member of the precision driving troupe.
Transitioning from a motorsport career in Off Road Racing, Cripps, who grew up and still lives in the Penrith district, said he is starting to feel the nerves ahead of the show.
“Not only will this be my first performance with the precision driving team, I’ll be driving a brand new vehicle that I never previously driven and I’ll be doing all of this in front of a hometown crowd… I’m starting to feel a little bit of pressure,” said Cripps.
Appearing for presenting sponsor Sinclair Isuzu UTE, Penrith, Team D-MAX will also launch an all new, pumped up fleet of MY17 Isuzu D-MAX SX Crew Cab UTE’s which sport more torque, more horsepower and a new 6 speed manual gearbox.
Team D-MAX spokesperson Luke Gemmill said hundreds of man hours have gone into building these new vehicles.
“More than 400 hours of development time went into ensuring the vehicles were ready for the precision driving shows” said Gemmill.
Team D-MAX will perform on the main arena at 4pm and 5:45pm on Saturday, and 2:30pm on Sunday.
Entry to the show for adults is $16, children aged five to 16 is $9, and pensioners is $9. Family passes (two adults and up to four children) is $45.