August Truck Shows

It seems that I come across neat trucks everywhere I go. One of my favorite antique power shows is the Antique Tractor and Farm Show held by the South Lake County Agricultural Historical Society the second weekend of July at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point, Indiana. In addition to the incredible array of antique tractors on display, the show also invites vintage car clubs to display on the grounds. This year’s featured tractor manufacturer was International Harvester, and I was delighted to find a beautifully restored 1955 IH R120 4WD in the showcased group. I hope you’re enjoying the summer show season and branching out to attend all kinds of events. You’ll probably run into some gorgeous vintage trucks.

August is another month full of well-established shows. I’ve selected some long-running regional favorites this month that are likely to be exceptional events for the whole family. 

This 1955 International Harvester R120 4WD is from the Hardesty Collection in Valparaiso, Indiana, and was part of the featured display at Crown Point, Indiana, July 7-9, 2017. 

This 1955 International Harvester R120 4WD is from the Hardesty Collection in Valparaiso, Indiana, and was part of the featured display at Crown Point, Indiana, July 7-9, 2017. 

Saugerties, New York

The second oldest incorporated car club in the state of New York, the Saugerties Antique Auto Club was formed in 1957 and incorporated in 1959 as a non-profit organization. This venerable club will hold its 60th Annual Car-Truck-Motorcycle Show on August 6, 2017, at Cantine Memorial Field (Washington Ave. Extension, Exit 20, Saugerties, NY 12477).

All pre-1992 vehicles are welcome, and any stock pre-1942 vehicle arriving at the show may enter for free. Registration for all other vehicles is $15. There are dash plaques for the first 125 registered vehicles and goodie bags. In addition to class trophies, there are some special award classes, including best club participation, longest distance driven, special interest, and two unrestored awards.

For more information, go to: Saugerties Antique Auto Club

Duluth, Minnesota

The North Land Wheels Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club will hold its 46th Annual Swap Meet & Car Show on August 13, 2017, at the So. St. Louis County Fairgrounds (800 N. Boundary Ave., Exit 249 from I-35, Duluth, MN 55810). The show is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 65 trophies in 31 classes will be awarded at 3 p.m.

Vehicle registration is $10 and open to all makes, models, and years of cars and trucks. Bone stock or custom, special interest or currently under restoration (but drivable) there is a class for your vehicle. Swap spaces are $20 each, and car corral spaces are also $20.

For more information, go to: Studebaker Drivers Club

You don’t need to drive a 1961 Studebaker Champ to enjoy the show in Duluth, Minnesota, on August 13. Bring your truck instead. (Photo courtesy: Studebaker Drivers Club website.)

You don’t need to drive a 1961 Studebaker Champ to enjoy the show in Duluth, Minnesota, on August 13. Bring your truck instead. (Photo courtesy: Studebaker Drivers Club website.)

All makes, models, and years of cars and trucks are welcome at the Duluth, Minnesota, show. (Photo courtesy: Studebaker Drivers Club website.)

All makes, models, and years of cars and trucks are welcome at the Duluth, Minnesota, show. (Photo courtesy: Studebaker Drivers Club website.)

Chatsworth, California

On August 20, 2017, the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America will host its 52nd Annual Hot August Morning Swap Meet and Car Show at the Rancho San Antonio Boys Home (21000 Plummer St., Chatsworth, CA 91311). This is an early-bird event open to all makes and models. The gates open at 6 a.m. (5 a.m. for vendors) and the whole thing wraps up “around noon.” The show also has a “Cars for Sale” area, and spaces are $10 for each vehicle.

The San Fernando Valley Chapter was established in 1960 and is a non-profit organization “dedicated to the preservation of the 1928-1931 Model A Ford auto.” Awards are determined by people’s choice and there will be progressive 50/50 drawings during the event. With a show of this duration, you can certainly count on this club to put on a great event for the whole family and just $5 admits everyone in your vehicle.

For more information, go to: San Fernando Valley Chapter

All makes are welcome at the 52nd Annual Hot August Morning Swap Meet and Car Show.

All makes are welcome at the 52nd Annual Hot August Morning Swap Meet and Car Show.

Of course you’ll see Model A trucks at the show in Chatsworth, California, on August 20. But all other trucks are welcome, too. 

Of course you’ll see Model A trucks at the show in Chatsworth, California, on August 20. But all other trucks are welcome, too. 

Tacoma, Washington

The 40th Annual LeMay Car Show will take place on August 26, 2017, at the LeMay Collection at the Marymount Event Center (325 152nd St. E., Tacoma, Washington, 98445). A grand gathering, more than 1,000 vintage vehicles will be on display, including 500 from the LeMay Collection. There will be a vintage car auction as well as a Car Club Corral, so bring your club members and park together.

Harold LaMay started collecting cars in the 1960s and credited his red 1934 Packard Sedan as his first collector car. It was the start of a collection that now features more than 1,900 vehicles and by 1997 was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the “largest antique & vintage vehicle collection.” This will be a fun event for the whole family featuring cars, trucks, and special vehicles that you just won’t see anywhere else.

For more information go to: LeMay Collections at Marymount

The LeMay Collection is stunning, and the show on August 26 in Tacoma, Washington, is not to be missed.

The LeMay Collection is stunning, and the show on August 26 in Tacoma, Washington, is not to be missed.

There will be more than 1,000 vehicles on the grounds for the 40th Annual LeMay Car Show. 

There will be more than 1,000 vehicles on the grounds for the 40th Annual LeMay Car Show. 

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