This is a very, very exciting week here at The Hollow!  Since we’ve signed up to Google+, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in visitors and traffic here, so to start with we’d really like to send a warm welcome out to all our new visitors!  Thank you for visiting, we really appreciate that.

I was also recently asked to test and review a new HDR merging application.  Given how busy we are here at The Hollow, I always get a little nervous about trying something new as we really are hopping at full speed as is to keep up with everyone.  I tested the Everimaging HDR Photo Pro product and am absolutely delighted with the results; so much so it appears I plan on using this new product exclusively for our HDR processing moving forward here!  I’ll be writing a review of this product in the next 24 hours or so, so if this is of interest to you please do stay tuned.

In the meantime, we’d love to share a few new images with everyone today.  Over the weekend, Mrs. Toad and I attended the Antique Truck Show in the Cowichan Valley here.  It was an absolutely wonderful experience, and we came home with a TON of new photos to share with everyone.  We also made a few new friends; trucks are a definite weakness of mine and I tend to hop about talking to anyone who will listen…

Gas Powered Ride 'Em Truck - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Gas Powered Ride 'Em Truck - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

I don’t know about you, but when I was just a lil’ tadpole I always wanted ride on toys.  Pedal, push or ultimately gas-powered, it mattered not… if it was steerable and had wheels, I wanted it.   Now that you mention it, I still do.

This is what I believe to be a hand crafted gas-powered ride on toy.  Modeled after an early generation Model A Pickup Truck, this fully functional gas-powered truck was a show-stealer.  I have a few conventional images of folks riding around in this, we’ll share those later, but for today we thought we’d start this new series off with this great shot.

1919 Oldsmobile - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

1919 Oldsmobile - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

1919 Oldsmobile - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

1919 Oldsmobile - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

This 1919 Oldsmobile truck was just incredible to behold.  Weathered and well-used, this truck was in amazing condition.  There was a perpetual large group of folks circling this truck so it was hard to grab some photos of it without extra people in the scene.  The engine had an exposed valve train; if I recall, this would result in little fountains of visible oil jumping up and onto the exposed valves.  Tolerances were very loose in comparison to today’s high-tech engines, and when the owner flashed this gorgeous unit up, it rattled and shaked and rolled…  just the way I like things!

1936 International C-30 - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

1936 International C-30 - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Definitely a work in progress, this awesome 1936 International C-30 truck is ready for a new owner to bring her home and complete the project.  The intricacy of the grill, and the rolling lines of the fenders and cab display wonderful aspects of this classic old truck.  I suspect the air conditioning doesn’t work here, and the ride wouldn’t be the same you’d experience in your typical modern Cadillac, but you’d be riding in style, that’s for sure!

1946 Fargo - 3 Ton Special - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

1946 Fargo - 3 Ton Special - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

I have no doubt this person has more invested in their fully restored 1946 Fargo than we have in our entire house.  Spotless and impeccable, this gorgeous truck sits so very pretty you’d be hard-pressed to believe she’s about 65 years old now!  This beauty is far from retirement, though, and has many years left for everyone to enjoy.

The color of the truck and the incredible woodwork for the back deck really created a vibrant scene to enjoy.  I love all the swooping lines and curves here, this is definitely something you don’t see much of in modern designs.

This is just our first post of our new series we’re going to title “Toad Truck”.  If you love old and antique vehicles anywhere near the way we do, we really encourage you to stay tuned this week for the upcoming posts!  Thanks so much for visiting today, please feel free to leave us any comments you may have as we truly love to hear from all our visitors!!




  1. avatar Jason Hines says:

    Really great stuff Toad! I look forward both to seeing more of this series and reading your review of Everimaging HDR Pro.

  2. avatar Fred Norris says:

    Man you really got my engine going with this series!The big question is,were you able to fit that 1936 International G30 in your garage Toad??

    • You’d think so, wouldn’t you Fred!?!?! But alas, no, our garage is actually nicknamed “Beastie’s Lair” and contains one fire breathing, bright red, convertible Corvette. Maybe it’s time to build that new garage….

  3. avatar Heather says:

    I am no afficionado, but I really like these trucks! They remind me of my Grandpa 🙂 I love that last shot!

  4. avatar jimdenham says:

    Fantastic post Toads! Seeing these old trucks makes me think of my Dad who both loved them and worked on them in the body shop! I can see wood slat beds and nice big step-sides – great memories! The pics are awesome and the last truck there is in better shape than my Corolla! Great post!

    • Thanks Jim, it seems that these shots are really resonating with lot’s of folks. Sure are a lot of us with long term memories centered around these gems, eh? Many thanks for your kind visit, we really appreciate that!

  5. avatar Chris Nitz says:

    Wait, a work in progress and you didn’t pick that up?? Man, that would look so sweet all rodded out and sitting next to your vette 😉 Wonderful post Toad!

  6. avatar Viveca Koh says:

    What wonderful old vehicles! I can imagine you being in your element there Toad, looks as if you and Mrs Toad had a great day 🙂

    • We were hoppin’ about like a pair of Toads in a Fly Shop, I tell you whut! LOL 🙂 We had a fabulous day, and as most of you know by now, my love for classic vehicles was really fed!! Thank you so much for your visit today, Viveca, that truly means the world to us!

  7. This is so much fun Toad. I love trucks too (peeling paint and rust really take my breath away) and these are just wonderful. The blood-orange truck is just gorgeous; you captured her perfectly. I’m looking forward to reading your review on Everimaging.

  8. avatar Will Marlow says:

    Great stuff! Also glad to hear that you are getting traffic from G+. I’ll be interested to see if that trend continues or drops off…

    • Hey Will, thanks for popping by and leaving us these awesome comments today, much appreciated! To be honest I was a little surprised at the increase in volume here, so as you said, I am really looking forward to seeing if this trend continues. We sure hope to see you around here again, thanks for popping by!

  9. Lovin’ this truck post Toad!! Awesome clarity. The new HDR looks great! I skip on over and take a gander…have a wonderful evening!

  10. avatar Tom Barnett says:

    Great stuff here! I net this show was a ton of fun! Can’t wait to see more! Looking forward to your review of the software, too.

  11. avatar Chris Wray says:

    Wonderful collection of vintage trucks! I love the placard in the Oldsmobile: “Overloading or Overspeeding will void your warrantee.” Great photos, Toad!

    • I can’t be sure but I think the top speed was in the low 20 mph range there. Our Corvette does that in first gear just above an idle! How things have changed. Really appreciate your visit today Chris, thank you so very much!

  12. avatar A.Barlow says:

    Nice shots! I want a wind up car!

  13. avatar Jerry Denham says:

    Don’t you just love those old vehicles? Wonderful images and words Toad.