Inaugural Hot Rod Trucks Show - The First Time Was Charming
The Inaugural Hot Rod Trucks Show
From the February, 2009 issue of Custom Classic Trucks
By D. Brian Smith
Photography by D. Brian Smith
We dwellers on the left coast of the U.S. sometimes forget there are any bodies of water other than the majestic Pacific Ocean. At the inaugural HotRod Trucks Show, held at the Owensboro Executive Inn Rivermont in Owensboro, Kentucky, July 1-3, 2005, we West Coast cats pleasantly learned otherwise. With the sleepy current of the Ohio River providing an idyllic, rolling backdrop for pristine custom vintage pickups, show participants and spectators had plenty of scenery to drink in. All enjoyed the gentle breeze that blew off the river, as the southeast summer sun shined most of each day. On Friday and Saturday night, live music entertained us. Some celebrants danced in the streets at night; great rock 'n' roll and country music has that sort of effect on folks.
Air Ride Technologies and Army Armstrong, the show's promoters, made sure that some of the tastiest hot rod haulers in the U.S. were on display. Saturday night, the Dirty Dozen awards were presented-how the event's judges were able to select 12 top trucks from the pool of over 200 worthy haulers, we'll never know. Deliberations for the Top 7 awards, totaling $8,000 in prize money, continued until Sunday at high noon. At the appointed hour, master of ceremonies extraordinaire Army Armstrong commanded the microphone and entertained the audience with his southern charm and wit. Shortly thereafter, Air Ride Technologies founder Brett Voelkel announced the seven winners. They were:
|Top Truck - $2500 Cash Prize|
Kevin and Susan Traylor
'56 Ford F-100
|Best Interior - $500 Cash Prize|
Trent and Trish VanArsdalen
'04 Chevrolet Colorado
|Top Classic Truck - $1500 Cash Prize|
Marcia and Chad Gorczyca
'50 Chevrolet 5 Window
|Best Paint - $500 Cash Prize |
'55 Ford F-100
|Top Sport Truck - $1500 Cash Prize|
Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
'01 Chevrolet S10
|Best Engine - $500 Cash Prize|
'29 Ford Roadster Pickup
|Best Engine - $500 Cash Prize|
'29 Ford Roadster Pickup
|Top Truck Builder - $1000 Cash Prize|
Smitty's Custom Automotive
Thanks to all who attended, the hard work by Air Ride Technologies and Army Armstrong Promotions, the show vendors, as well as the Owensboro Executive Inn Rivermont staff, the inaugural show was a huge success. Rest assured, CCT will be back to cover the event next year. After what we saw this year, there's a good chance we'll see you in Owensboro in '06! For information about next year's show, visit www.hotrod trucks-owensboro.com, www.ridetech .com, or call (812) 481-4799.
Vicki and Ray Sivis of Lancaster,...
Vicki and Ray Sivis of Lancaster, KY, found the premier parking spot for their pristine pickup, a '71 Chevy C10.
The engine powering the Sivis'...
The engine powering the Sivis' Chevy C10 is a well-detailed and -built 350ci small block.
American Racing Torq-Thrust...
American Racing Torq-Thrust Ds look great on any custom vintage truck....
...Karson and Konnor Isenberg...
...Karson and Konnor Isenberg of Floyds Knobs, IN, own a purple '56 Chevy Stepside with a perfect performance stance.
In any hue, '67 Chevy Fleetsides...
In any hue, '67 Chevy Fleetsides are sweet. Greg Schneider of Jasper, IN, is the current caretaker of a silver-blue C10 that shimmered under the early afternoon sun.
Held the weekend before America's...
Held the weekend before America's birthday, Old Glory was flying high everywhere we looked in Owensboro. Jessica Benner of Radcliff, KY, couldn't have picked a better spot to park her navy blue Corvette LS1-powered '66 Chevy C10.
Hobbyists know that a vehicle...
Hobbyists know that a vehicle has to have perfect paint prep to be sprayed jet black. With his stylin' '39 Ford sedan delivery, John Shay of Middletown, IN, had an outstanding street machine.
If this red '70 Chevy Stepside...
If this red '70 Chevy Stepside looks familiar, you're probably a loyal CCT subscriber. We featured Gary Donegan's '70 Chevy Stepside in the Mar. '04 issue. The Donegans and their swell C10 dwell in White Bluff, TN.
Every element of Kim and Mel...
Every element of Kim and Mel Post's '52 Chevy Pro Street pickup was wild, just how Mel likes it. The Posts reside in Muskogee, OK.
For an excellent Candy Apple...
For an excellent Candy Apple Red paint job on his '55 Ford F-100, Brent Poole of Rockport, IN, picked up a $500 check and a billet trophy. Well done, Mr. Poole!
Among the many trick custom...
Among the many trick custom features of the Donegan's tasty '70 Chevy truck is a side-opening tailgate.
Both Friday and Saturday night,...
Both Friday and Saturday night, there was live entertainment. The country band Dalton artfully covered the latest top country tunes on Saturday night.
Shay's '39 Ford sedan delivery...
Shay's '39 Ford sedan delivery was also long on comfort and looks on the inside.
A blown 468ci Chevy big-block...
A blown 468ci Chevy big-block powers the Post's Pro Street pickup. The mill's reputed to make 1,100 horses. You won't catch us debating that figure; we heard it roar.
The Angelles, Jet and Cliff...
The Angelles, Jet and Cliff of Lafayette, LA, showed up in their '57 Chevy truck that they call Amen. Amen graced CCT's Feb. '05 issue.
Though Mike McKinney's '82...
Though Mike McKinney's '82 GMC Stepside is a bit modern for the pages of CCT, we couldn't resist shooting a photo of the well-built truck. Mike lives in Science Hill, KY.
By selecting Smitty's Custom...
By selecting Smitty's Custom Automotive to construct his '59 Chevy Fleetside, Bill Blewett of Painesville, OH, did the opposite of blowing it. He hit a home run!
Maroon is another tricky color...
Maroon is another tricky color to paint a pickup; it can look too muddy or too vintage. The Bowens, David and his wife, of Covington, KY, have a '72 Chevy Fleetside that wears a most appealing shade of maroon.
The company that put on the...
The company that put on the show, Air Ride Technologies, displayed its array of industry- leading air-ride suspension components throughout the entire event.
Perhaps you attended the 2005...
Perhaps you attended the 2005 Detroit Autorama at Cobo Hall. If so, you likely recognize the Lamborghini Ice Blue '29 Ford Model A roadster pickup owned by Janis and Gary Brigham of Kennesaw, GA. The A premiered at the 2005 Autorama. It earned a check for $500 and a billet trophy for Best Engine at the HotRod Trucks Show.
Known by vintage custom truck...
Known by vintage custom truck lovers and the pickup's proprietors as The Harley Truck, the Traylors displayed their multiple-award-winning '56 Ford F-100.26. For the entire show, Army Armstrong, the event's promoter, entertained everyone in attendance. A consummate professional with over 30 years of show promotions experience, Army educated and amused us all
As seen from on high, the...
As seen from on high, the Bowen's '72 Fleetside shows spot-on paint prep and panel fitment.
Marcia and Chad Gorczyca of...
Marcia and Chad Gorczyca of Dallas, TX, earned the Top Classic Truck billet trophy and $1,500 check for their House of Kolor Midnight Blue Pearl '50 Chevy pickup. Congratulations Gorczycas!
Proprietor of Smitty's Custom...
Proprietor of Smitty's Custom Automotive in Tiffin, OH, Chris Smith built both of these beautiful Bow Ties. At the end of the show, Chris took the $1,000 check for Top Truck Builder. Paul Hemminger of Tiffin, OH, owns the dark green '58 Fleetside on the right. We featured the truck in '04.
For their awesome '56 Ford...
For their awesome '56 Ford F-100 Harley Truck, the Traylors, Kevin and Susan of Greenville, VA, won the Top Truck award. Standing between Air Ride Technologies owners Sharon Voelkel (far left) and Brett Voelkel (far right) are The Harley Truck's owners Kevin and Susan Traylor. Don Jacks, owner of Street Metal Fabrications in Greenville, SC, built The Harley Truck. Well done, Mr. and Mrs. Traylor! And kudos to you too, Mr. Jacks!
Talk about righteous underpinnings-check...
Talk about righteous underpinnings-check out Air Ride's high-tech '58-64 Chevy car chassis.