Time seems to have a funny way of always running forward. You can imagine my surprise the other day when I was going through some of the pictures I have here waiting to be processed to find an entire set of images captured at the Duncan Antique Truck Show in the summer of 2013 at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds. Has almost two years slid by and I hardly noticed? I guess it’s possible! At any rate, the show was a great gathering of some of the coolest classics from around the island. Let’s check out a few highlights!
For those who know me well, you know that there are very few vehicles that can utterly stump me in terms of their origin and some of the history behind them. This is one of those rare occasions as I am not entirely sure what we are looking at here, I just know it’s very cool! A close look reveals Dodge badges affixed in certain spots, leading us to believe that at the root of this tough off-roader lies the heart of a Dodge. I was caught by the great colors of the truck, and all the fine details that went into the finishing of it.
You may not expect to find a motorcycle at a show like this, but everyone who attended had to arrive somehow! Parked near the gates I found this gorgeous Victory motorcycle, drawing in folks from all corners of the facility. Wonderful and deep colors accented by incredible chrome trim formed the basis of this eye-catching design. I also really loved the almost art-deco details that were included in the composition, creating the feel of a modern cruiser with roots going back to the 30’s and 40’s. Absolutely beautiful!
Many classic Ford’s were represented at the show. You can clearly see a commonality in the designs of the vehicles over the years, with flourishes of contemporary 1950’s design shining through as the years progressed. These trucks are well loved and their immaculate condition speaks to this.
No antique truck show would be complete with a selection of classic semi’s to check out! One of the trucks on display even had a scale model of itself, adding a bit of context and interest. It was all I could do to stop myself from playing with the toy and making vroom sounds!
This Peterbilt was absolutely amazing. No attention to detail was overlooked in the design of this flat-black menace to the highways and byways of Vancouver Island, that’s for sure. Note the banks of lights on top of the cab and embedded in the front bumper… this would be quite the sight coming straight at you in the dead of night, that’s for sure. If you look closely, you’ll also see spikes attached to the front wheels, undoubtedly there to slow down the competition on the highways by hastily removing the air from your enemies tires.
These classic car and truck shows are a terrific way to spend an afternoon. It’s not just the sights and sounds of the show that make these events so great, it’s also the chance to meet some really wonderful enthusiasts who are experts in their own rights. Modern cars and trucks bear little resemblance to these old classics, and having a chance to reconnect with the history of motoring is a great experience. Make sure you take the time to hug a classic car or truck this summer yourself!
To see the entire catalog of photographs from the event, visit our gallery “Duncan Antique Truck Show 2013“.
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