FROM THE MAGAZINE SHELF is an occasional feature of the FOUNTAINDALE LIBRARY REFERENCE BLOG. Postings will highlight titles that you might find of interest, but haven’t picked up to read and explore. In addition to the titles that are in the Magazines Area on the 2nd Floor of our library, postings will also include titles from RBdigital Magazines, formerly Zinio, the library’s digital magazine collection.

I’ve been watching a trend among vehicle buyers in this country. It is an increasing preference for pickup trucks and SUVs. The uptick in sales has been so significant that some car builders, such as Ford, have already announced that they will be phasing out most of its sedans and coupes and concentrating on the vehicle segments that the public is purchasing.

A somewhat similar trend has been occurring in the collector vehicle market. An article on CNN MONEY, early in 2018, gave solid evidence that classic pickup trucks and vintage SUVs, such as Ford Broncos and Chevy Blazers, are increasing in their popularity, collectibility, and price. These observations have been documented by the collector car market experts, like Barrett-Jackson Auctions, Mecum Auctions, and Hagerty Insurance, a leader among collector vehicle insurers.

If you drive or have an interest in older trucks or SUVs, you will probably enjoy Vintage Truck magazine. Our library started getting this bimonthly publication back in March / April 2015. You can find copies of the current year and the previous year on the 2nd Floor of the library in our Newspapers and Magazines area.

My fondness for older pickup trucks was kindled during the fourteen years that I lived in Vermont. There was one vehicle, in particular, that I often saw along the stretch of Route 7A, in the southwest corner of the state, that runs between Arlington and Bennington. The pickup’s owners called the truck “Ruby” and it was very similar to the Chevrolet 3100 model shown here. Ruby was more of a daily driver. The paint had less shine and the chrome had less sparkle than the restored truck in the picture. Nonetheless, it was reliable, well used, and certainly greatly loved.

Here are a few facts about the magazine, directly from the “About Us” section of Vintage Truck magazine’s website:

  • Vintage Truck began as This Old Truck in 1993 to fill a unique niche in the old truck hobby.
  • Vintage Truck covers light-duty commercial vehicles of all makes and models that are two tons in capacity and smaller. This includes pickups, panels, vans, sedan deliveries, station wagons, and myriad specialized vehicles.
  • Our magazine focuses on restored and original trucks as well as the daily drivers that our readers find so useful. We offer technical and historical articles and provide a forum for readers to showcase their favorite trucks. In 2002, we changed the name of our magazine from This Old Truck and updated our look.

Since 2014, Patrick Ertel, the owner of Vintage Truck magazine has proclaimed the last Sunday of each June to be “Drive Your Old Truck Day.” The purpose is simple…to encourage people to get out in their truck and then take some pictures of their ride to send in to the magazine. This year, Vintage Truck magazine hopes to receive a hundred or more photos. We’re a little beyond this year’s Drive Your Old Truck Day…it was back on June 24. However, watch for the September / October 2018 issue. The magazine will try to fit as many pictures as they can.

So, what’s YOUR dream vintage ride? Would it be a 1937 Studebaker J5 Coupe-Express half ton pickup? Possibly a 1958 Dodge D100 Sweptside pickup painted in Valley Green and Sahara Beige? Or maybe, if you really needed plenty of passenger / cargo room, a 1966 Chevy Custom C-10 Suburban might be just perfect.

High on my own dream list is the Chevy Cameo pickup, like the 1956 model, shown here in classic Cameo White with red trim. The Cameo was part of a new era of pickup trucks that added creature comforts to the truck’s hauling capability. It also utilized both fiberglass and steel to craft the bed portion of the truck. These vehicles, which transformed people’s ideas of what a pickup truck could be, expanded its market appeal by offering an automatic transmission option and eye pleasing exterior color combinations. I can envision one in my garage, for sure.

On your next visit to our library, visit the Newspapers and Magazines area, and pick up an issue or two of Vintage Truck. It might broaden your perspective on what truck ownership can be.

And if you’re wondering where you can see vintage cars and trucks during the remainder of the summer, check out the Chicagoland Cruise Night Calendar that was put together by Robert Duffer of the Chicago Tribune.

-Tom D.










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