Saturday, August 25, 2012

Show Time: Trucks at Dallas.

 ____Day 1: Plenty to do if a plan is going to come together. A long punch down to the Petro Stopping Center at York with it's extensive parking area that always has a place for late arrivals.

The only Lonestar on show.
 ____Day 2: A heavy load of peat-moss into a head-wind. Another long day of 1100 kay; putting the truck on the mushroom compost company's smelly door-step.

On the Freightliner stand; looking as good as the day it was built.
 ____Day 3: Unloaded ahead of schedule and now the shit or bust phone call that could ruin the week. What's the reload? Arkansas or Louisiana and all is lost. But it's gypsum powder out of Southard, Oklahoma; loading Friday morning. The best possible result. Now just a two hour drive up to Dallas city-centre and the Great American Trucking Show.

Built to Order: Caterpillar's oilfield truck.
 ____The Show: I was anxious about arriving too late to get a parking spot at the Convention Center; but there was no need to worry as I arrived a few minutes before it opened at 12 noon. Having registered on the Internet, before I left Canada, I had free entry and my own printed badge.

Fun and Games in the expansive Convention Centre.
 ____The Show was split into two main sections: the Show and Shine and the Trade Stand area. Show and Shine then split into Customized Trucks and Old-timers. The Trade Stands split into Truck/Trailer Makers, Driver Recruitment Stands and Other Stuff.

For Sale: Restored Peterbilt in the parking lot at Dallas.
 ____Five hours of wandering about with everybody very friendly. The judging of the Show and Shine hadn't been completed; so all the truck-owners were still in a good mood and approachable. It said "Canada" on my badge so all the recruiters knew they would be wasting their time talking to me. Lots to see; with the new Freightliner/Detroit package being the most impressive development. On show was a Cascadia with the Detroit engine/gearbox/axles that boasted 9.3 mpg on a fully freighted coast to coast run.

Sunset over the Missouri from Yankton Bridge.
____Day 4: Having had enough time, after the show, to reach Oklahoma City; I had only an hours run up to the gypsum plant at Southard. A heavy load for Saskatoon that I was to take back to the yard. North-wards to Yankton for the night as the leg-work of the previous day took it's toll. An early night.
____Day 5: Ten hours on the bunk and away again. Back to the yard by 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Don't you just love it when a plan comes together?
____Overall Distance: 4674 km.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Pictures of Custom Trucks at the Great American Trucking Show 2012, Dallas, Texas.

____Forget for a moment the limited usefulness of these stunning creations and let yourself wallow in an extravaganza of polished steel and shining paint-work. Let yourself be amazed by the artistic engineering, incredible attention to detail, beautiful colour schemes and the total disregard of any financial inhibitions. Enjoy!

Chrome Shop Mafia's long, low, blue and tribal Vee 8.

The Rat Rod look: making one tough-looking truck.

Twin Tribal Gear Sticks.

Suicide doors and custom-cut wheels.

Flaming colour scheme: inside and out.

Tidy rear-end with matching 5th wheel cover.

Quarry truck showing hours of TLC.

One of many Peterbilt 379's at the show.

Something different from big fleet of John Christner.

The In-Vogue Long and Low rear-end treatment.

One of three Canadian entries.

Ghost-Flames in Blue.

Is it a tank-trailer or a work of art?

The triple-turbo treatment: plenty of go with show.

Perfect in every way.

Super Clean.
The Look-in-Side: See-no-Red Tank.

Another 379.

And another.

Best Cabover in Show: only cabover in show.

Of all the trucks in all the World.
I'll take the Super-Liner. Thank-you.

Old School Class.

Classic Paint.

Orange striped tyres: different.

Oldie and Goldie.

Imposing Red Kenworth