Wow, things have been seriously hoppin’ around The Hollow here this week, we’d really like to thank all our new visitors for popping by! We typically focus on heritage and historic architecture on Vancouver Island in BC, Canada. This week we’ve departed slightly and focused on a new series of images we’ve put together that look at some of the really awesome trucks that were at the Antique Truck Show in the Cowichan Valley recently. Today’s photoblog post continues our adventure together in the running series titled “Toad Trucks“.
So, after my faulty review and subsequent apology and retraction from earlier this week, I had to completely re-process all the images we had not yet posted in this series. Whew, that was a lot of work… to do twice! Anyways, we’re re-processed the entire lot in Photomatix and finished off the series in full HDR and the results are wonderful, we feel. We certainly hope you agree and enjoy the series.
Today is a day I’ve been looking forward to since we started the series. During our adventure at the Antique Truck Show, we encountered a few vehicles that were truly special to us. Today, we look at one such truck.
This is a Fargo pickup truck, circa 1950. The Fargo line of trucks was really just a rebadged series of Chrysler products available in the United States from approximately 1928 to 1930. The line of trucks remained active in Canada, however, until 1972. This is one of the Canadian models, restored and hot-rodded up. I have to admit, I am in love with this image and it definitely is one of my top favorite pictures from the truck show.
In this shot we take in the gorgeous lines that create the flowing body of the truck. This one was painted in a semi-matted paint with metallic flecks embedded that give it a slightly muted but really genuine look of typical hot-rods from the 50’s and 60’s. I just love how the light dances off the curves and edges, really accenting the wonderful design.
You won’t find DVD screens, boom boxes or satellite radio systems in one of these old classics. In typical hot-rod fashion the word of the day here is “useful minimalism”. I guess that’s two words…
Gauges, a steering wheel, knobs and buttons… that’s pretty much it. I do really appreciate the creature comforts and time-saving features you find in today’s modern cars, but to be perfectly honest I am most at home behind the wheel of something like this. Nothing get’s your blood flowing quite like have the rumble of a mighty Chevy 350 small block at your disposal to let loose the “hounds of speed”, so to speak.
In the muscle car circles, small block Chevrolet motors are often referred to as a “mouse”, and the big block engines as a “rat”. This is most definitely a mouse here, but not one to be trifled with. Stuffed tightly into the engine compartment, the touches of chrome and brushed aluminum really give this engine bay a solid hot-rod look and feel. The heaviest part of these old trucks is the drive-train and the solid frame. With the torque these beefed up small blocks put out, a truck like this could seriously do one significant burn-out. Either that, or get itself to Tuscaloosa in less than 5 minutes flat!
We’ve got a few more posts coming from the truck show for everyone next week, so please do stay tuned! After this series completes, we’ve got two photographic architectural studies of old heritage buildings in two local towns to share, so don’t run away!
And finally, many thanks once again for all our new visitors this week, we really appreciate all the kindness & support we’ve received. We always encourage everyone to leave us a comment if you have inclination and time, as we always love to hear from all our visitors!!