One of the appeals of the ATHS National Show moving west to east across the country over three years is the wide variety of trucks and regional influences captured. An east coast show is always heavy with overbuilt trucks wearing huge rubber and decorated with pin stripping that would make Michelangelo smile. A show in the center of the country is bound to have plenty of farm style trucks from the makes of International, White and GMC. Bouncing out to the west coast you find that chrome adorned Peterbilts and Kenworths will get you home.
As you can tell I definitely had my preconceived notions of what kind of trucks I would see in Reno. I will admit that I didn’t expect to see too many Autocars if any at all. That was a pretty foolish thought on my part as Autocars were always popular in logging and mining across the country. In fact I would be willing to bet that I saw more Autocars out west than I did at any single show back east last year. Heck, combine all the all shows and they still couldn’t beat Reno. Crazy!
Anyway, you’ll see a few of the beauties mentioned in the video above. By now we all know that I love the scream of a Detroit but a few of those old rigs had that sweet sounding old style Cummins with that low growl that just seems so right for the time period.