All About Semi’s

Posted: 27th July 2011 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography, Toad Trucks

We continue our adventure together today on our latest running series titled “Toad Trucks“.  This series showcases trucks that were on display at the Antique Truck Show in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada recently.  This wonderful and exciting show offered us an opportunity to see trucks that you just don’t typically see, and we were delighted to have a chance to photograph them.

Today’s post is all about semi trucks.  International, Kenworth and Hayes brand rigs will adorn your screen today, so tighten those seat-belts up and let’s settle in for a ride!

1965 Kenworth Semi - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

1965 Kenworth Semi - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Nothin’ says semi more than a bunch of men hangin’ around one.  We just loved this image, the men in this picture really help to recreate the feeling we had attending the show.  The entire parking lot was full of big horsepower units that were extremely well-loved by the folks who owned them.  Make no mistake, we met our fair share of lovely ladies, several of which owned some of the vehicles we’ve seen in the show.  But, this picture really captured the essence of the show rather nicely.

International R-200 Semi - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

International R-200 Semi - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

I know it’s rather subtle, but I feel the need to point out that this classic old International is, um, red.  Like, really red.  This gorgeous example of an antique logging semi was in absolutely glorious condition, almost to the point that we had the distinct feeling it looks better today than the day it rolled off the line.  Great care, attention and detail goes into restoring and maintaining these beauties and it really shows in some of them.

1955 Hayes Clipper - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

1955 Hayes Clipper - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

This classic Hayes unit was a real show-stopper for us.  The bright blue of the cab and the matching trailer were real eye-popping combinations.  Again, attention to detail and impeccable condition really show these vehicles off in the manner intended.  I can’t even begin to imagine how much fun it would be to drive one of these babies.

1974 Kenworth LW - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

1974 Kenworth LW - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Here we enjoy another Kenworth unit, and once again this gorgeous example is red.  Really red.  Seems to have been a bit of a theme this year.  The details and overall condition here are just incredible.  The amount of time and money spent to bring one of these units to this condition must be mind-altering.  Knowing what we go through to find parts for our Corvette roadster, and in some cases not being able to find them resulting in the need to have new parts manufactured, we know for a fact you can’t just swing into your local NAPA auto parts store and grab replacement parts for this truck.

1979 International COE - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

1979 International COE - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

As a little tadpole growing up, this used to be my favorite model semi truck.  The COE designation, we believe, stands for “cab over engine”.  I used to have quite the collection of toy cars and trucks, and in the semi department I definitely had a few of these units.  I love the lines and all the little details that go into the overall design.  For those visitors of the same generation as myself here, who doesn’t hear the country anthem “Convoy” in their heads while looking at these shots?  Uh-oh, I think I just dated myself something serious…

1974 Kenworth LW - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

1974 Kenworth LW - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Given the stance of this gentleman, you may be inclined to believe he’s holding the front of the truck up here.  Rest assured, he isn’t.  This unit was in impeccable condition and was pretty much surrounded by a crowd of interested folks the entire time we were visiting the show.  Again, we notice the color, and the color is red.  This Kenworth is restored to absolutely as-new condition and was a true joy to behold.  Afterall, the only thing better than a bright red semi, is one with an “Oversize Load” banner attached.

We sure do hope you’ve been enjoying our running series here, we really appreciate your visit.  We have a few more posts coming from the Antique Truck Show, so if you’re having fun with this we ask you to please stay tuned.  If you’re a fan of our architectural work, we will be returning to this once this series is complete in the near future.  Don’t worry, we haven’t turned into a used truck lot over the weekend here, this was just a wonderful and unexpected detour we found ourselves taking and really enjoy sharing with you all.  And once again, we encourage you to leave us any comments you may have as we truly love to hear from all our visitors.




  1. The red in the 2nd shot is amazing.

  2. avatar Chris Wray says:

    You captured the beauty of these big beasts. I may be going out on a limb here, but except for the rounded body of the International R-200 and some subtle trim and lighting details, it would appear that the overall body design of semi-tractors has changed very little in the past 50 years! Under the hood, there are lots of improvements and advances, but the body design hasn’t kept pace, unlike passenger cars that are driven by trends. Nice write up and — as always — a great series of photos! BTW, love your passing mention of “Convoy.” I played the heck out of that C.W McCall single when I came out in 1975. (Yikes, I’m showing my age!)

    • Thank you so much my kind friend! I do agree, the body designs on semi’s has not changed that much. Some of the newer Volvo’s I’ve seen are starting to look more streamlined, sort of like what we expect in modern cars, but for the most part the design remains the same. It’s functional and rather beautiful, in my humble opinion! Thanks a ton for your kind visit and most wonderful comments here today, my friend!

  3. avatar A.Barlow says:

    Sweet shots Toad! Talk about a macho auto show, lol. I wish I had one that got like 40mpg. Id rock it. Id prob run over little Geos that got in my way, bet w/e…

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  5. avatar Jan Winther says:

    Funny you should mention the movie Convoy in the last paragraph – a favorite movie of mine. I was going to make that reference in my comment, but you blew it… 🙂 There is nothing like a big rig, and to me it gotta be a Mack. Great series Toad. I have really enjoyed that last few auto related posts of yours. Keep ’em coming.

    • Thanks Jan! We’ve DEFINITELY got more coming here, so please do stay tuned my friend! Sorry about blowing your comment there, I’ll try to better plan for that in the future. LOL 🙂 We sure do appreciate you taking the time to visit my friend, thank you!

  6. avatar jimdenham says:

    Wow, the testosterone is oozing out of this post! Great trucks Toad and great pics of them! Love it!

  7. Great images with wonderful colour and clarity!

  8. avatar Cathy Ross says:

    I love Jim’s comment! 🙂 Great post Toad…fantastic detail! I kind of want do to that up and down arm thing we did as kids to get them to honk their big old horns!! 🙂

  9. avatar Jimi Jones says:

    Wonderful set of images, Toad. Great idea for a series too. I love trucks so I have to catch up with your collection of goodies. 🙂

    That Hayes Clipper is an awesome rig.

  10. avatar Chris Nitz says:

    That blue on the ’55 Clipper is crazy cool. So..did you buy the ’65 Kenworth to haul all your hot rods around? 😉

  11. avatar Dave DiCello says:

    I love how you make the normal look so cool! Outstanding shots!!!