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.

Antique Fargo Pickup Truck - Circa 1950's - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Antique Fargo Pickup Truck - Circa 1950's - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

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.

Antique Fargo Pickup Truck - Circa 1950's - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Antique Fargo Pickup Truck - Circa 1950's - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

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.

Antique Fargo Pickup Truck - Circa 1950's - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Antique Fargo Pickup Truck - Circa 1950's - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

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.

Antique Fargo Pickup Truck - Circa 1950's - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Antique Fargo Pickup Truck - Circa 1950's - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

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!!




  1. I have a pair of sandals that color, so therefore, I would look great riding around in that truck! Beautifully captured and processed images Toad. Love the deep, rich turquoise; oh so smooth. Have a good weekend Toads 🙂

  2. avatar Heather says:

    I love old trucks like that! Really cool Toad 🙂

    • Us too, thanks Heather! Growing up, me and my friends were surrounded by classics like this, and when I get a chance to shoot ’em again I just love it. Thanks so much for your kind visit today!!

  3. avatar Jimi Jones says:

    Totally awesome truck. Man, how I love these old classics. This is a beauty.
    I love the stance on this bad boy. You did a great job with these images.

  4. avatar Jose Vazquez says:

    Love that interior shot! Nice set!

  5. avatar jimdenham says:

    Beauty images of a beauty truck Toads! Like it very much!

  6. avatar Chris Wray says:

    Stunning shots, Toad! Love the metallic turquoise color. Your HDR work really brings the curves and lines of this beautiful vehicle alive! Great way to wrap up your car- & truck-filled week!

  7. avatar Tom Barnett says:

    Great way to end a crazy week for you. This is one serious truck. How awesome to see. Great pics and great text. Job well done.

  8. avatar Jim Nix says:

    it’s a beauty Toad, great work my friend!

  9. Not only is that truck one amazing piece of equipment…your processing is absolutely top notch!! Great work Toad!

  10. avatar Mike says:

    I love old cars and trucks and I have not seen a Fargo in years. This is a “rockin” truck!

    • Thanks Mike! Yeh, even though the Fargo name lived on here in Canada for quite some time, we don’t see terribly many of there here either. I was pretty excited to find this gem during our adventure, that’s for sure!

  11. Processing is spot on here. I love it.

  12. avatar Viveca Koh says:

    What a classic vehicle! The cream details are so nice, as are the knobs and dials on the dashboard – I can see why you liked it!

  13. avatar Jerry Orbe says:

    These are some great photos of a great car. More importantly, the hotrod is green – the best color in the world! I would have loved to be at the truck show!

    If you find a moment, please visit my photoblog at the link below. I am a fairly new to photography and any advice would go a long way. Thanks!

    http://eversince1983.wordpress.com/

    • Hey Jerry, thanks for popping by and leaving us these great comments my friend! I’ve got your blog setup on my RSS feed here and will try to pop by real soon here and check out your work! Really appreciate you taking the time to pop by and leave us these great comments, my friend, thank you!

  14. Great shots Toad! You know I’m a sucker for classic cars and trucks! Outstanding work as usual my friend!

  15. avatar A.Barlow says:

    Sweet images of a sweet ride. The blue looks fantastic! I like the creamy kinda look on the grill.

  16. nice work on that one – good processing make the green work really well.

  17. That truck is screamingly awesome! You took great photos most especially on the details, the curves and edges. Pretty cool. Vintage cars are really wonderful and it is as if they bring along the history when you take the wheels. Amazing.