The shots we have been enjoying the past three days all came from one busy morning/afternoon near the show registration and photography area. As with past years Thursday seemed to be the peak day of madness with trucks of all types, sizes and ages crashing through the gates. If you are making plans for the national show next year take note that the technically it will run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday which is major shift from years past. Does this mean Friday will become the beehive of activity day? Only time will tell.
As you can see by the final few photos storm clouds were starting to gather. I have never seen such a rapid shift in weather before…or at least I don’t recall one. Coming from placid upstate NY where the breeze typically blows west to east in a predicable fashion the weather in Kentucky seemed to approach from all directions at random. By the end of day I wound up getting soaked to the bone in another freak storm. I ended up jumping into the hotel pool to dry off.
After this bus sauntered on by my dad asked if the Greenbrier was the resort in West Virginia that contained miles of underground bunkers designed to protect the lives of various high level government folks in the event of nuclear war. Turns out he was correct. I’m not sure what connection this bus shares with the resort but I’m sure there are some interesting stories associated with it. Read up on “the bunker” by clicking here. It’s fascinating.
At the Kentucky Horse Park there was this really interesting tree that I wanted to photograph. Every time I snapped a photo a truck had rolled through the scene. It was very annoying and never did end up getting that tree photo.
I sure do love me a good Autocar. How about this 1972 A64 model? Does it fill the bill for a classic Autocar? This truck is equipped with a Holmes 650 wrecker. The ever popular and ever powerful Cat 3406B can be found under the hood mounted to a Spicer 7 speed. What do you think about that drop visor up top and spokes down below? It’s a good look that works. Subtle.
A friend of mine texted be the other day asking if there were any Diamond Reos at Lexington. There were in fact many nice Diamond Reo trucks. However, I took photos of exactly two. Maybe my speech the other day about not liking to take photos on the show field was misguided. Anyway, here they are.
Here we have an early Diamond-T.
And here we have confused Diamond Reo. Or is it a White? Does it matter? At this point Diamond Reo was under the White Trucks banner and as you can see the parts commonality between the brands was a bean counters dream come true. Regardless of the name, this is one mean machine.
Below, Part 1 of 4 (?) in the series of video’s where I wander the show field looking at trucks. With a bouncy camera and heavy breathing it’s a work of art!
By now you probably know that I enjoy going to truck shows and taking photos. Back in the day it was fine to just walk up and down the line of trucks happily snapping away at everything and anyone. But after awhile I began to realize that the best places to take photos are the locations outside of the actual truck show. Once the trucks are parked next to each other and the golf carts begin to swarm like bees the chance for a good photo diminishes by half with each passing hour. It’s simple math.
When it comes to the ATHS national show one of the first things I like to do is review the show map and figure out the best vantage point for scoping rigs before they make it to the field. This usually means an entrance or an unloading zone. With the Lexington show being spread out over a few miles the opportunities were ripe for good shots. One of the best spots was a little stretch of hill that led to the official spot for show photography. As you can see it could be quite busy at times.
Usually I have to make a choice between taking a picture and filming video. Not so at Lexington. I could film as the trucks went up and photograph as they came down. This 2675 was packing an 8V92 from what I believe. Once the video is processed you will be able to pass judgement with your own ears.
Yes, even in the rain this little stretch of road churned out good photos. There is a reason why movies slick down the roads when filming. It’s like turning your amp up to 11.
Looking the other way you could enjoy the scenes of the registration and working truck parking lot. At certain points in the day you could almost believe you had traveled back in time to any big truck stop that could be found from coast to coast.
Regular program has been temporarily suspended while we enjoy coverage of Lexington 2018.
You know I love some good ol’ Detroit Diesel action so how about this 1950 GMC 900 hauling a 1948 era model. Under the hood a Silver 8V92 makes a rumble so sweet you just have to watch it again and again. And for those that wonder, this truck is not a rat rod. It’s a work in progress. Either way, it’s damn cool.