Hundreds of antique trucks and thousands of trucking enthusiasts will gather in Springfield, Missouri, May 29-31, for the American Truck Historical Society's 2014 National Convention and Antique Truck Show. The event will take place at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
Trucks of nearly every vintage and make will be represented at the show, from the high spoke-wheel trucks of the early 1900s to the big 18-wheeler rigs seen today on America's highways. To be considered an antique, a truck must be at least 25 years old. Many truckrelated vendors will be onsite selling items such as memorabilia, books/manuals, photos, model trucks, parts, etc.
The American Truck Historical Society was founded in 1971 with a mission to preserve the history of trucks, the trucking industry, and its pioneers. The non-profit group is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has over 20,000 members worldwide.
Persons who join ATHS are interested in the history of trucks and the American trucking industry. Many members own antique trucks, restored and unrestored. Others collect trucking memorabilia or literature, while many others collect model trucks. Many members also belong to ATHS chapters in their areas.
The National Association of Show Trucks will once again meet in conjunction with the ATHS national convention. This will add to the variety of trucks, because NAST trucks are generally newer working show trucks.
Tickets are $10 per day for ages 16 and older; admission is free for youth 15 and younger accompanying a paying adult.
The show is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.