It was virtually just like the Covid pandemic by no means occurred. After staging a digital model of the present final yr, it was enterprise as typical on the seventh annual Athens Vintage and Traditional Truck Present. Many of the typical suspects have been again, their vehicles as properly kempt as ever. The pleasant conversations simply picked up the place they left off two years in the past.
Athens, Ontario, situated about 25 km west northwest of Brockville, is an easy-to-reach vacation spot for truck homeowners in jap Ontario, Quebec, and upstate New York. Attendees got here from as distant as Maine, Virginia, New York Metropolis, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, in addition to throughout Ontario.
Organizer Dave Muir says there have been 208 vehicles registered this yr, complemented by about 50 vehicles from the Tackaberry Assortment, owned by George and sons Kevin and Charlie Tackaberry. Their household enterprise, G. Tackaberry & Sons Building, relies in Athens.
The Athens Truck Present is a non-profit, non-competition affair. All vehicles are welcome — previous, new, borrowed or blue. Amazingly, the scope of vehicles displayed this yr spanned greater than century. There have been a number of 2022 fashions on the bottom. The oldest was a 1919 Ford Mannequin TT in showroom situation. There have been many fashions from ‘40s and ‘50s, together with a 1948 Peterbilt 344DT owned by Harry and Diane Kloosterman of Campbellford, Ontario, and a 1958 Mack M63T in Roadway Specific colours owned by Keith Jones of Colonial Heights, Virginia.
Saturday afternoon noticed the slow-truck showdown, a contest for the slowest truck — suppose, lowest closing drive ratio. It featured a 1958 Mack wrecker and a Eighties-vintage prime-mover Peterbilt as soon as used to maneuver Saturn V rocket boosters. The Pete received this yr, creeping alongside a tempo slower than one can stroll heel to toe. It was, properly, hardly thrilling. Extra like watching grass develop. Nevertheless it’s greater than a little bit wonderful to think about the gears wanted to maintain this stuff at such sluggish pace.
The Athens Truck Present is sanctioned by the Vintage Truck Membership of America – Higher Canada Chapter.