Les’s Auto Salvage Has Old Stuff
Joe Sharretts

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Six years ago, when I originally thought about calling Les Helm to write a story about his salvage yard in Cars & Parts magazine, a guy told me: “Don’t go there. He doesn’t have any old stuff.” I took him at his word and let it go. It wasn’t until a few years later, after I hearing of a major parts car auction held by a local collector, where hundreds of Lincoln, Mercury, and Edsel cars were put up for … Read the rest of the story…

1950s Pickups Take to the Big Stage
Al Rogers

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  2014 goes down as a breakout year for the classic pickup truck at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s. My yearly car show/event coverage includes several concours d’elegance shows around the country. Usually things kick off with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida in early March. This year was no exception. I made my way to the event with a plan to cover the show and focus on the 10 Packard dream cars from the Ralph Marano … Read the rest of the story…

Chevrolet 3100 – Tearful Reunion
Patrick Ertel

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The 1954 Chevrolet 3100 that appears in the January/February 2015 issue of Vintage Truck magazine is owned by Bruce Barnes who received the truck by way of his grandfather, Raymond Anderson, who was a bulldozer operator in the town of Girard, Illinois. Bruce surprised his parents with the restoration by driving it in a homecoming parade, a stunt that brought tears to his adoring mother’s eyes. … Read the rest of the story…

B&L Auto Salvage Has Got the Good, Old, and Odd
Joe Sharretts

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For our first of many salvage yard profiles, I have decided to begin with B&L Auto Salvage located in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. This is not one of those yards that you will see all over the Internet, or advertising in every magazine. It is a very small yard located way off the beaten path known only by the locals, but there you will find a great collection of unusual pieces. B&L was started back in 1960. It is currently owned and … Read the rest of the story…

Celebrate Trucksgiving This November
Karen O’Brien

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On October 12, I enjoyed a trip to the 28th Annual Lions Club Fall Classic Car Show in Morris, Illinois. This is the largest nonprofit show in the state of Illinois, and it featured nearly 1,200 show cars, 200 cars for sale in the car corral, and 650 swap spaces that could easily take the entire day to peruse. My dad’s buddies had been setting up in the swap area for years, and we all enjoyed a great day that … Read the rest of the story…

Focusing on Automotive Photography
Al Rogers

Al Rogers, the Lensman

My camera and lens work debuted in Vintage Truck magazine in the spring of 2014 with Chester Bradfield’s 1935 Studebaker Ace wrecker coloring the May/June 2014 issue with its bold red exterior. My work next appeared splashed across the front cover of the September/October 2014 issue with a brilliant white 1963 Chevrolet C-10 pickup, owned by Keith Bisson of Iowa, and a beautiful rustic old bridge in the background. Currently, the front cover of the November/December 2014 issue carries a … Read the rest of the story…

Pickups Prove the Affordable Auction Options
Rich Truesdell

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Back in August, after attending the events that comprise the Pebble Beach automotive week in Monterey, California, I was left with an important takeaway. While many would-be buyers focused on one-off Ferraris that went unsold at $23,000,000, there was a part of the collector car universe that was still affordable—classic pickup trucks. These trucks, to me anyway, fall into three distinct categories: prewar trucks that are restored to a high standard or are in original condition; postwar trucks in original … Read the rest of the story…