Hundreds of antique trucks and thousands of trucking enthusiasts will gather in Yakima, WA, May 30-June 1, for the American Truck Historical Society’s (ATHS) 2013 National Convention and Antique Truck Show. The event will take place at the Yakima Valley SunDome and State Fair Park. Organizers are expecting nearly 900 trucks with convoys coming from Canada, Montana, and California. The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the gate.
Trucks of nearly every vintage and make will be represented at the show, from the high spoke-wheel trucks of the early 1900’s to the big 18-wheeler rigs seen today on America’s highways. A new feature of the convention is the addition of the National Association of Show Trucks, who will meet in conjunction with the ATHS national convention. This is expected to draw more trucks and different varieties to the show.
“We are excited to have helped bring this major event to Yakima,” stated John Cooper, President & CEO of the Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau (VCB). “When local enthusiasts approached the VCB in 2008 about attracting the convention, we jumped at the chance.” The VCB assembled and presented the bid to the ATHS board and has since coordinated a number of support activities including local tours for the attendees and arranging volunteers. Special thanks to the local organizers, hospitality community and State Fair Park for their roll in putting on this event.
The American Truck Historical Society was founded in 1971 with a mission to preserve the history of trucks, the trucking industry and its pioneers. The non-profit group is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has over 20,000 members worldwide. Additional details on the convention are at http://www.aths.org/convention
Here are pictures from the show at State Fair Park: