After missing a year for a reason none of us want to talk about anymore, the American Truck Historical Society (ATHS) resumed their annual national convention this year on June 3-5, 2021, at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in Harrisonburg, VA. For those who’ve been to Virginia, specifically that area, you know the beauty that surrounds, and this year, it included seeing beautiful old trucks for days.
I first became mildly acquainted with the national convention by word of mouth in 2017 and decided to see what it was all about at the 2018 convention in Lexington, KY. I was amazed at all the trucks. There was literally something for every kind of commercial truck lover or enthusiast in attendance to enjoy. I also really enjoyed all the people I met there, especially the ones willing to explain details about their trucks. But, of course, what I loved most was the trucks.
This year saw a bit of a dip in the number of trucks versus the last national show held in Reno back in 2019, but that might have a lot more to do with where the show was held, as far as where the trucks are located, than anything else. Also, things have not totally rebounded to “normal” from the pandemic.
Driving from Georgia, up through North Carolina and into Virginia, the views were amazing. The traffic along the way, however, was not. I arrived on Monday, May 31st, to get acquainted with the grounds and be prepared to be there as trucks started coming in. I’ve learned it is good to be early, because it gives a great opportunity to get excellent photos of the trucks when first coming in… read more and view the gallery >