CLIFFORD, Ont. — About 260 classic trucks from all over Ontario and beyond rolled into Rotary Park in Clifford, Ont. over the weekend.
After a soggy, chilly Canada Day, the weather improved and the chrome glistened under the July sun over the remainder of the weekend. Even the rain on July 1 didn’t dampen spirits, according to Great Lakes Truck Club show coordinator Chris Hall.
“It’s kind of funny, antique and classic guys are kind of weird,” Hall joked with Truck News on Saturday. “The weather doesn’t affect them. It’s a specific event, so they know they’re coming out to it. Yesterday the trucks rolled in here all day, rain or shine, and nobody was miserable.”
The truck turnout was slightly higher than last year’s level, with many first-time trucks on display. The show covers a broad spectrum from ancient cabovers in original condition to fully restored classic-style conventionals. There is no judging at the event, differentiating it from other truck shows.
“This show, bar-none, is a meet-and-greet,” Hall explained. “This is the only s how where guys can walk around and if a guy has driven truck for a good part of his life, he may see 12 people he knows. You see a lot of chit chatting. We bring back the spirit of the old Ontario truck show.”
While no prizes are awarded, the owners certainly demonstrated a lot of pride in their ride and most of the trucks were polished till gleaming.
The feature brand this year was Freightliner, with about 50 trucks occupying the popular Freightliner Corral. Hall said Freightliner has a strong following of enthusiasts in Ontario.
A collection of Erb Transport trucks.
A sky blue 2005 Pete 379.
A Mack Superliner.
A 1988 Pete 379.
Dan Siddall’s 1966 Autocar A 75.
A 1988 Freightliner FLA sits in the Freightliner Corral.
A classic Western Star cabover.
Freightliner was the feature brand at this year’s show.
A 1987 R Model Mack.
There were lots of cabovers on display.
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies. All posts by James Menzies