Annual antique truck show set for May 5

  • Yankee Candle will host the 15th annual antique truck show put on May 5 by the Antique Truck Club of America’s western Massachusetts chapter. FILE PHOTO



Staff Writer
Published: 5/1/2019 4:55:07 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Antique Truck Club of America’s western Massachusetts chapter has planned its 15th annual antique truck show May 5.

The Yankee Candle Corporate Headquarters on Yankee Candle Way will again serve as the site of the public’s opportunity to get up close to maintained pieces of mechanical excellence from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Doug Richardson, vice president of the local chapter, said good weather could bring out 200 antique trucks from across New England and New York.

“Everything that you hold outdoors is dependent on Mother Nature,” he said. The event is rain or shine.

There will be free parking and admission, and a free shuttle to the Yankee Candle flagship store. There will also be raffles and food. All sizes of antique trucks are welcome.

Richardson said an antique truck is at least 25 years old. He said the shows typically have trucks from the 1920s to the mid-1980s. Mack Trucks, he said, are particularly popular in the Northeast. People often bring tractor-trailers and dump trucks as well.

He said this annual show more or less kicks off the antique trucks show season of New England.

Richardson, 70, said his two antique vehicles – a 1986 Ford tractor and a 1972 Brockway – will be at the show.

He explained he has been fascinated with trucks since he was a boy growing up in Colrain, where he would watch large trucks from the Carolinas deliver bails of cotton “day after day after day” to Kendall Mills, a big textile factory. He said the Antique Truck Club of America, based in Boyertown, Pa, is dedicated to the preservation of antique trucks, trucking history, and memorabilia associated with the trucking industry.

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