There’s something to be said of simple things like going on an all truck cruise on a cool Saturday morning that gets the blood moving. And even if the majority of it is spent behind a random pickup that’s running just a tad too rich, there’s just something about that smell...
Fresh off the CPP Truck Cruise and this spring chicken is just that, ready for spring and all that it brings! After being cooped up for a few months without any events, I was ready to get out and do some serious truck-related bench racing. And while our seasons aren’t as nasty as the rest of the country, us SoCal truck guys get as eager as the rest of ya to get out and shoot the breeze; especially when that breeze is blowing in off the ocean and smells of high octane.
We headed out at the crack of dawn, Danny Valenzuela and his freshly purchased ’68 Ford Ranger with yours truly riding shotgun, to meet up with the CPP crew and nearly a hundred classic trucks of all makes, models, and colors. The guys had a 10-mile loop plotted out and after a half hour or so of checking out the rides, it was time to gather round and head out. An hour or so later of putting around Fullerton, California, and we arrived at our destination, CPP headquarters. Donuts and coffee were had before the guys gave us the five-star treatment with a full, behind-the-scenes tour of their R&D facility, fab shop, and shipping warehouse. It was pretty cool to see how they come up with all the parts they manufacture and what goes into creating something like a spindle or disc brake bracket. By the time the tour was over, the lunch wagon had rolled around (free Carls Jr. to boot) followed by what everyone was really waiting for, the raffle! Needless to say, we didn’t come home with anything but a full belly and a morning’s worth of a good time. Not a bad way to start a weekend if I do say so myself.
Poker runs, cruise-ins, and road trips are some of my favorite ways to spend time around old trucks. Sure, the car shows are fun; I like to walk around and check out cars as much as the next guy. But I’ve always enjoyed getting out and putting tire to pavement in a more assertive manner. In fact, I think I’ll sneak out of the office a little early today and spend some time in the garage banging on the F-1, so hopefully we’ll be ready to rock this summer...yup, all is good! CCT