1971 AMC Jeep Cowboy—What Might Have Been
Rich Truesdell


Thirteen years ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 100th anniversary of the Rambler at the spiritual home of American Motors Corp. in Kenosha, Wisconsin. My first car, in 1972, was a sporty 1965 Rambler American 440 two-door hardtop, powered by AMC’s 232 straight 6. Being a lifelong AMC fan, enthusiast, and historian, it was a real treat to see all of the quirky cars that AMC built over its 33-year history (1954–1987), before it was absorbed by Chrysler. … Read the rest of the story…

Ford Model A – November/December 2015 cover story
Al Rogers


The 1931 Ford Model A ice cream van that appears on the cover of the November/December 2015 issue of Vintage Truck magazine was in pieces when Joseph Hornacek discovered it in a barn near Port Huron, Michigan. Since restoring it, Joseph has taken it to several shows where he dresses in a Good Humor Man uniform to the delight of those looking for an authentic effect. What else is in this issue? Features 2015 National Drive Your Old Truck Day … Read the rest of the story…

October Filled with Car and Truck Show Treats
Karen O’Brien

The Eventer

Shows that have been around for a while thrive because the people behind them are running a good event that participants and spectators enjoy returning to year after year. My dad ran a car show in our hometown for 10 years, so I’m more than familiar with the year-round process of organizing it down to the smallest details. Everything from creating flyers and making sure that the DJ has a sufficient power source to establishing trophy classes and scheduling enough … Read the rest of the story…

North Smithfield Salvage Yard Makes Parts Shopping Easy
Joe Sharretts


The best kind of salvage yard out there is the kind that makes your shopping experience as easy as possible for you. I have mentioned many times on this blog the many hazards of searching yards over a weekend where you may or may not even find a vehicle close to the one you own. Not many yards out there take the time to inventory the vintage stock, but North Smithfield Auto Recycling is one exception to the rule. This … Read the rest of the story…

Auction Alert: Ken Robinson Vintage Truck & Parts Collection
Erin McCarty


The Ken Robinson Collection of Vintage Trucks & Parts SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 · BLACKSTONE, MA Ken Robinson’s private collection of 80 antique commercial trucks, restored and original, will be sold at public auction by Capital Recovery Group on Saturday, October 10, 2015 in Blackstone, Massachusetts; and online via webcast. Highlights of the 80 classic trucks and tractors include: 1920 Mack flatbeds, cranes, and chassis; most with wooden cabs, crank engines, and chain drives. 1940–1950s Mack wreckers, flatbeds, and dump trucks, … Read the rest of the story…

The Storied History of a 1956 Fiat Grand Prix Transporter
Rich Truesdell


Having written N.O.S. News on the Street for the last year, I have a sneaking suspicion that many of my readers qualify for the 55-and-over menu at IHOP. What that means is many of you are early baby boomers, born between 1945 and 1955, and many of your earliest automotive memories are collecting Matchbox cars and trucks during your childhood. One of my all-time favorite Matchbox models was the king-sized K-5 racecar transporter. Although technically out of scale from the … Read the rest of the story…

September Isn’t the End of Truck Show Season
Karen O’Brien

The Eventer

Sure, school started and your summer vacation is just a memory, but truck show season is still in full swing and one of my favorites is fast approaching. Attending the 43rd Annual Hoosier Old Wheels Car Show and Swap Meet on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend (September 6, 2015) has become a favorite family tradition. The show is just one of the many festivities that will take place during the 49th Annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival. Hosted by the … Read the rest of the story…