Photo Gallery: The chrome comes to Clifford

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CLIFFORD, Ont. – Unlike last year — when rain and mud dominated things, and even got some trucks well and truly stuck — the ninth annual Antique and Classic Truck Show enjoyed brilliant sunshine on June 29 and 30. If anything it was too hot, but the crowd seemed as big as ever.

Held in the small town of Clifford, Ont., two hours northwest of Toronto, the affair is organized by the Great Lakes Truck Club. They’re just a bunch of truck lovers, and the show they lovingly run holds no pressure for anyone, with no competition for prizes and only a handful of low-key vendors. That’s how the club wants it, and the 1,500-or-so folks who attend the show obviously like it.

In 2010, the show’s first running attracted 80 trucks, which rose to about 120 in 2011. Over the last three years the count has been well over 250.

Among those trucks was the 1950 Kenworth bubblenose owned by Ross Mackie, retired chairman of Mackie Moving Systems in Oshawa, Ont. Another Kenworth (there were many) was the pristine 1944 Model 600 from B & L Farm Services. Claimed to be one of only five in North America, it’s a numbers-matching truck with a 160-hp Cummins mated to a four-and-three Spicer transmission. Its “coffin” sleeper is accessed from the outside.

Peterbilts were abundant, of course, including a pair owned by show regular Kevin Trelford of Tara, Ont. The Peterbilt devotee showed off his spiffy ’72 359 with 12 Detroit cylinders, parked alongside his 2002 379 that’s used every day to haul cattle.

Rolf Lockwood, our editor at large, was on site and has some images to share through this photo gallery.

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John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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