There's no two ways about it, the Kansas City, Kansas, and Missouri area is smack dab, deep in the middle of America's truck belt. All it took for us to reaffirm this notion was a weekend visit to the Midwest All-Truck Nationals in Riverside, Missouri. In its 10th year, the Midwest All-Truck Nats is definitely on Custom Classic Trucks' list of must-see shows for anyone with a passion for old and new trucks and has the means to get there.
The first night we were in town, even before we located the show grounds, we spotted Classic Parts of America's building from the highway in Riverside. You can't miss it. It's a behemoth building brightly illuminated with GMC and Chevrolet neon lights shining through from the showroom.
The story of Classic Parts of America (formerly known as Chevy Duty) began a little over 26 years ago when Mark Jansen started the business specializing in classic Chevrolet and GMC trucks out of his two-car garage. Mark soon discovered his special knack for tracking down hard-to-find and obsolete parts was going take a lot more than a two-car garage to house. Of course no one builds a business to the immenseness Classic Parts of America has achieved today without a solid core of good folks to make up a team. Thanks to a crew that has been with Mark since the early days, the company continues to be a thriving business with a great reputation.
From left to right: Carrie...
From left to right: Carrie Clancy, Brad Steward, Jeff Stuart, and Robert Mata. Carrie has been with the company 16 years, Brad 3, Jeff 20, and Robert 14. Life is good when your job is all about your lifestyle. Barely visible behind them is a fully loaded '87 Chevy K10 (4x4) with only 89 original miles.
Here's Carrie holding a very...
Here's Carrie holding a very rare N.O.S. Chevrolet style V-cluster for a GMC.
Mark's black '57 Cameo Carrier...
Mark's black '57 Cameo Carrier is going to be one of the sharpest Cameos around when it rolls out.