You can bet that summer car shows with 50s and 60s vehicles will have classic rock n’ roll playing in the background. So what kind of music do you hear at a vintage truck show? Classic country of course, with a disproportionate amount of truck driving songs such as “Wolf Creek Pass.” That’s exactly the type of great country classics that were playing at the annual convention of the Historical Vintage Truck Association (HVTA) held in Greeley, Colorado on June 16 and 17, 2012.
The Historic Vintage Truck Association was founded in 2006 to promote the preservation of vintage trucks, tractors and machinery that are twenty-five years old or older. The club’s motto is “enjoying yesterday’s trucks today” or what I like to think of as, “keep on trucking!” Like many vehicle clubs, it’s the vintage trucks that bring folks together, but it’s the friendships that are formed that keep people active in the club at both the local and national level. HVTA members receive the quarterly On the Road magazine which has articles, pictures, stories and information about the truck and machinery restoration hobby. The magazine also includes a classified section for those looking for a vintage truck or offering one for sale. I’ve said it in prior articles, but if you’re thinking about getting a collector vehicle, the best first step is to join a club for the type of vehicle you are looking for.
It was no surprise that I ran into Ken Kafka of Pierce, Colorado at the HVTA convention, since he owns several vintage heavy duty trucks. Pointing to one of the six trucks he brought to the show, Ken turned and asked me, “Want to know how to make a small fortune with an old truck like that?” Seeing my interest, he continued, “You start with a large fortune, then buy and restore one of these trucks!” In other words Ken was telling me it’s just like restoring an old car but proportionally more expensive due to the size of everything! Think of what you spend on four new wide white wall tires on your classic car, then imagine the cost of buying at least 6 tires of a much larger and harder to find size! Ken reminded me he will again be hosting his annual open house at his Pierce home on November 3, 2012. Mark this date on your calendar and I will put a reminder in a future article as the time gets closer to this fun event that draws an eclectic collection of cars, trucks and machinery.
If you are interested in joining HVTA, you can write to them at: P.O. Box 505, Amarillo, Texas, 79105, e-mail them at: firstname.lastname@example.org, call them at: (806) 374-3056 or fax them at: (806) 376-8779. You cn also visit their web site at: www.hvta.net.
Enjoy the slide show of the great old trucks that were at the HVTA Convention, with some familiar and some not so familiar makes and models at: http://ovalpike.com/article/slideshow-for-historical-vintage-truck-association.
As is often the case with vehicle clubs, there is more than just one club you can belong to for collecting heavy duty trucks. Enjoy the attached video of the American Truck Historical Society 2012 Convention in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
If you like big trucks, you would also enjoy the America on Wheels Museum in Allenstown, Pennsylvania, former home of Mack Trucks. Visit their web site at: http://www.americaonwheels.org/
This week’s Trivia Question: What was the first year the Bulldog hood ornament was found on Mack trucks?
Answer to last week’s Trivia Question: A mouse motor is a small block Chevy, such as a 265, 283 327 or 350 cubic inch engine. A rat motor is a big block Chevy such as a 396, 427 or 454 cubic inch engine.
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