American Truck Historical Society's Philadelphia Chapter
Members of The Historical Car Club, also preserve a dynamic source of automotive history.
Historical Trucks and Cars Drew Crowds
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Antique trucks and cars, are a continuous source of fascination to people regardless of their age. Exquisite vehicles such as a 1953 Ford F-100, is owned and operated by Jim Mooney of Media, Pa. He was there with his grandson Dominic, who is also a member of the club. Jim, proudly talked about his grandson with a smile, "He was a member before he was born. I officially signed him up when he was eight months old." Jim and his adorable grandson are members of the #Historical Car Club of Pennsylvania which has been in existence since 1949. He also takes photographs for the club as well as carefully maintains the engine of his truck and the beautiful exterior. Jim went on to explain, "It is a never ending job but I enjoy it."
A Participating Member of the Historical Car Club for 35 Years
Bill Barr, is an intriguing character who had a picture of Jay Leno, in the window of his antique truck. "Since I was a baby, it is an original color called Transport Blue. It has been restored and repainted." Bill admitted why he attends the shows, "I come to look at the girls. This is a truck club but I also have a convertible antique car. Although this is a specific truck event. This is a hobby but I like cars as well." Bill, proudly acknowledged that he was eighty years old last month. "We visited a guy on Tuesday with eighteen cars going back to 1911 on up," said Bill. He also owns an immaculate 1958 Ford Sky Liner. "I dock it, I don't park it," He jokingly explained.
Bill also discussed how "#The Historical Car Club, will have a show on May 17th, in Linvilla, Pa. I will have the convertible there. About two hundred cars will be at Linvilla. About six hundred at Delaware County Community College. This is a huge show. A lot of it is weather related. People with nice cars won't come out." Mr. Barr also explained how, "The truck club is separate from the historical car club. This is the Philadelphia chapter." Members of The Historical Car Club, were a nice asset to the event sponsored by #American Truck Historical Society.
Magnificent Vehicles Were Displayed at American Truck Historical Society
There are an enormous amount of dedicated members such as George Cipolloni,of Morton, Pa had his 1951 Ford F-6, displayed. A statuesque 1955 Chevrolet Cameo, owned by Maurice Ayers of West Chester, Pa was also on display. There was also a flawless 1948, Gray Studebaker truck, owned by Terry Greer of Hockessin, DE, which captivated the attention of people at this event. Bob Manchester, featured his 1943 auto car, with a 1988 Mack truck pulling, a 1987 Peterbuilt. Bob, Sr., owned the big truck that pulled the car.
This was truly a family affair. It was inspirational to see Ed and Jim Horn, who are father and son. They had this trenchant 1924 red and black truck that had been restored by this father and son team. They were inspired to restore this vehicle, through the father's woodwork experience for more than sixty years. Their skills have given them a distinct craftsmanship to create one of the most outstanding vehicles on the lot that day. This truck caused the passersby, to stop and see what ATHS, had to offer. All of these trucks and cars were spectacular.
Officials of the local chapter of the #American Truck Historical Society, are looking for new members. One of the members explained why ATHS, plays such an important role in history, "I don't think people have a desire to relate to history any more. It is not important to them. It is what we are now. They are missing out on so much more." Many people that attended this event agreed. These antique trucks and cars are a part of our history. We should appreciate the determination demonstrated by the owners to restore and maintain these vehicles. On the front of ATHS' brochure this statement is presented regarding their goals which is that they are, "Dedicated to preserving the dynamic history of trucks, the trucking industry, and its pioneers." May they continue their diligent efforts in the restoration of our history through these magnificent vehicles.