Sunday, June 29, 2008

Looking For Trucks

Took a little road trip in Gypsy (see Me in a Miata) over to Ithaca and decided to take a camera.
I have always wanted to go back to a place of my childhood memory, the Vanfleets.

Growing up on a farm, one of my fond memories was our fruit stand. Every summer we would stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables to sell at our stand. We sometimes would get our fruits delivered by the Vanfleets. I remember their trucks - one in particular, a GMC that I think is the one I captured on todays trip, and is shown in the first picture. My memory of this truck tells me it was black, and it used to have twin exhaust behind the sleeper. It was one neat truck in its day. I also found some old Brockways and a 1939 GMC COE in the same woods. On the way to Ithaca I also found a Ford 800 COE circa late 1960's.

1939 GMC COE

Brockways in the woods

Old GMC circa 1940

Ford 800 - on the road to Ithaca

Earlier in the day I had taken another trip not far from home to where I had seen an old White dump truck. That truck appears in my sidebar, but here are some more pics.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Memories of Macks

Another of my childhood memories of the early 1960's concerns a day when I ended up in the hayloft of our barn. The front doors to the hayloft were open letting in the smells and sounds of a summer day. Our old barn sat facing Route 96 that ran between Ithaca and by our home near Trumansburg. As I lay on my bed of hay I was drawn to attention by the BLAT, BLAT, BLAT roar of a truck as it downshifted for the approaching hill. I looked out the doors to see a Mack similar to the style in the picture. It was an Armour Meats truck painted in Armours' colors of black and silver. The sound I heard was the engine adding brake power and that engine through twin exhaust. I loved for the look of that truck, and knew even at 10 that I would love trucks forever. So this post is dedicated to that day and to Macks.