Time passes quickly when you're photographing, writing, and building vintage custom trucks. The greatest Ford truck ever, the 1956 F-100, is 50 years old! I know, I know. Not everyone feels the '56 is the mack daddy, but the numbers sold originally, restored, customized, and currently under construction support such a claim.
Celebrating an inanimate object's birthday seems sort of strange at first blemish. Especially if the vehicle has all-new components or is a reproduction. But it's as old as its oldest part, isn't it? Humans and pets can celebrate birthdays because we've got all, or most, of our original pieces. Wait a minute. Come to think of it, some of us have had components replaced or at least repaired over time. Some movie stars look younger now that they're in their elderly years than they did early in their careers. Let's look at this in a different way.
Whether we restore a vintage truck or customize it to the degree that it's hardly recognizable, we're paying homage to the original article. We're not really preserving a piece of history, we're revitalizing or rewriting it. There's not one F-100 that has graced the pages of Custom Classic Trucks that's not several magnitudes better than the Effies that rolled off Ford's assembly lines in the '50s.
Perhaps while you're looking over this issue of CCT, you may also be attending the biggest celebration of the F-100 marque, Pat Ford's 28th Annual F-100 Supernationals and Ford Family Reunion held May 18 through May 20, 2006. Depending upon when you receive your June issue, the Supernationals will either be in full swing, or will have recently ended. Some lucky bloke who attends/ed the event in Chilhowee Park in Knoxville, Tennessee, may already be burning up the pavement in the giveaway Ford Racing-themed '56 F-100 No Limit Engineering constructed. For me, the winner of the truck will mark a bittersweet moment in time. I've enjoyed covering the F-100 giveaway truck as it progressed from a collection of parts to a running work of art and engineering. I'll have to figure out a way to get out to No Limit Engineering every so often to bring back some more tech articles. Many readers have commented they enjoy reading and learning new build skills from the stories.
Since time does pass so quickly, I feel we should celebrate our collective hobby haulers' and cars' birthdays. Over the years, our cars and trucks have become members of the family. We may have even named them and imbued them with human characteristics. So let's celebrate. I propose a toast to the '56 F-100, the most popular Ford truck ever sold! Lest you '56 Chevy pickup owners, Studebaker, Dodge, International, etc. caretakers get up in arms, remember, we'll do our best to find, photograph, and feature the nicest vintage custom trucks in the country. Heck, I'm willing to travel to other parts of the world, so long as my expenses are covered!
Until next time, treasure all your time spent with family, friends, and custom classic trucks.