Liver quivering good times for classic truck lovers were enjoyed by all at the Minnesota Street Rod Association’s recent Back to the 50s Weekend. For work or play except for having a second bathroom there’s nothing more practical than owning an old pickup truck. Take for example how handy the bed of a pickup can be when the need is to cart the mother-in-law off to a gout eradication appointment with the doctor.
The kind of classic truck one finds these days in any given region of the United States, or Canada often depends on what the local human biped population needed it for back in the day when trucks were only used as workhorses. The staff of Classic Trucks found an unending great assortment of classic trucks working hard at play during Back to the 50s Weekend last June 21-23, 2019.
And because we really like most of you people here’s 89 full color images of just about every kind of pre-1965 pickup and truck variant a reasonable person might desire.
But first a warning there’s only twenty states in the US where there are no laws prohibiting passenger transport in the bed of a truck. Fortunately, the state of Minnesota is one of those states recognizing the general populace is capable of riding in the back of a pickup without falling out. In my home state of California there was a time when riding in the back of a pickup was legal and as a kid that was exactly what my friends and I did.
My dad bought a 1958 Chevy Apache brand new and immediately installed a Duntov cam and dual glasspack exhaust system. I’m here to tell you there’s nothing sweeter than hearing the back-rapping sound of a 283 Chevy decelerating up to a red light from the back of a pickup. The law changed in California almost immediately after a Toyota pickup load of people contained under a white fiberglass camper shell (canopy in Canada) plummeted off a Los Angeles freeway overpass and landed upside down. Needless to say, all occupants succumbed to fatal cranium damage upon impact.
Engaging California legal logic the question wasn’t to inquire about the credentials of the driver, but to invoke a law that people can’t ride in the back of a pickup. Maybe California residents should rally a petition to enact a law to require all vehicle occupants be suited in a Michelin Man inflatable safety suit and wear a DOT schedule 40 crash helmet. I’m sorry, I got off on a tangent of sorts I promise it won’t happen again.
— John Gilbert