April Brings Shows, Both New and Old
Karen O’Brien

The Eventer

As impressed as I am when I find a car show or swap meet that has been around for a half-century or more, I’m always pleased to see new events springing up around the country. The shows I’m featuring this month are a perfect example of how this hobby reveres its established traditions, while remaining eager to create new ones. Two events are in their first year, one is gearing up for its sophomore event, and another is celebrating 51 … Read the rest of the story…

International A-100 Golden Jubilee – Providence of a Pickup
Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin


The 1957 International A-100 Golden Jubilee that appears in the March/April 2015 issue of Vintage Truck magazine was restored to pristine condition by Gene Young and his son Rob of Auburn, Alabama. By some providence, the only show Gene went to with his Golden Jubilee before he passed happened to be one attended by Betsy Blume, granddaughter of IH designer Ted Ornas. Betsy sold Gene a photo she had with her of the prototype her grandfather had designed and signed … Read the rest of the story…

Salvage Yard Stories Gone Bad
Joe Sharretts


People tell me all the time that being paid to visit salvage yards must be the greatest job ever. I have a great time doing what I do, and most of the time it has been pretty great. But, with every high point in a job, there must be some lows, so I’ve decided to use this month’s blog to tell you all about those times where it isn’t so much fun to be me. In my writing career, I … Read the rest of the story…

Ford Ranchero – A Very Special Ford Ranchero
Bill Holder


The 1960 Ford Ranchero that appears in the March/April 2015 issue of Vintage Truck magazine was awarded to Daytonian and legendary drag racer “Ohio” George Montgomery for winning the Little Eliminator Class at the 1960 NHRA Nationals in Detroit, Michigan. George added chrome to some engine parts and body trim, but other than that, it’s still very original. “About all I’ve had to do is replace the battery a couple times,” George said. “It never let me down through all … Read the rest of the story…

Scouting in the Tennessee Backcountry
Al Rogers

Al Rogers, the Lensman

An unplanned trip to the Great Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, led to a handful of rare and unique automobile discoveries. In my prior blog installment, “20 Years a Watchdog,” I shared the story of a 1960 Ford F-100 standing guard over its “Little Brother,” a prized muscle car from the 1960s. The Ford pickup had been purposely parked there for nearly 20 years. Life changed this past January when the muscle car was sold and pulled from the pole … Read the rest of the story…

Future Collectible? 1986-1991 Jeep Comanches
Rich Truesdell


Over the course of its long and storied history, Jeep has manufactured a number of unique pickup trucks. These include the Forward Control series (1956-1965), the long-lived J-Trucks (1962-1988), based on the original Wagoneer (both already collectible to a degree), a pickup version of the Kaiser Jeep and American Motors Corporation (AMC) Commando (1966-1973), and the CJ-7-based Scrambler (1976-1986) that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles continues to make noise about bringing back. But one stood out as quite possibly having the greatest … Read the rest of the story…