Well hello everyone, I think it is going to rain forever. Have I told you that I hate the winter? It messes up what I do for living and makes driving truck a bit of a challenge, this year I have had to chained up my truck, drive in the rain in the bay area, seen more snow then ever before. So, with that being said winter can go away anytime because I’ve had enough. OK ill stop whining on the Club stuff.
If you received your Wheels of Time magazine the story on the Porter show is in it. I’m happy that they put it in, but they did cut some of it out. They said that the history of the Club that was part of it was not for everyone and because of space took it out. I will put the hole story in this newsletter and then you can see the work that was put into it. But it is nice to at least be in the magazine and to get some national exposure about the Porter Show.
I’m doing the best I can to keep the list of events up to date. It is helpful if members can get information to me when you can.
Don’t forget the Redwood Chapter Logging show is this week March 14th – 16th.
The Sutter Show is on April 6th this is all foe a good cause as all moneys go to St Jude Children’s Hospital, it at Sutter High School.
What are we doing as a Club well we are working on getting name badges for members I think this will be good for when we are at Shows.
Working on an inside space at the Glenn County Fair for our race track. We will need to man this for 4 days so we will need all the help we can get if we do this.
Looks like we will be doing the Strawberry festival this year for at least one day
Our Facebook page and website are doing good if you have not been to one yet check it out and don’t forget to like our page.
The Plymouth Show and then the National Show are coming up quickly. We are going to have a booth at National in Reno so if you can help with that it will be appreciated just let me know.
We are sending a copy of the roster. If your name is not on it, it means you have not paid your dues, and this will be the last newsletter that you get. We don’t want that to happen, so please pay your dues!! (The roster was included in the mailed version of the newsletter, it will not be posted on the website. If you did not receive a newsletter in the mail, you are not on it. We would love to have you back please contact us to renew your membership. If you have not previously been a member of our club please contact us about becoming a member.)
NEXT MEETING THIS WEEKEND SATURDAY MARCH 16TH @ M&Ms in Red Bluff
DINNER @ 5 PM MEETING TO FOLLOW
My First Truck Show
(Wheels of Time Article as written:)
I was invited to attend a truck club meeting… I don’t own a truck but was assured that wasn’t a requirement. Before the meeting was over, I had the Jerry Porter Memorial Show in Orland, California on my calendar for October 20, 2018. I have never been to a truck show. I have been to a car show… it is the same thing right, only with bigger vehicles? Wrong, they are not the same at all. I arrived at the show early, many of the trucks were already there and many more were rolling in. I was assigned the task of helping with registration first and then moved on to raffle ticket sales. I wandered in and out of the trucks. I talked to truck owners, truck enthusiasts and people who came out to the show to see the trucks. The owners are friendly, talkative and proud of their trucks. Unlike at a car show where the cars are fenced off and the “Do Not Touch” signs are prominently displayed, you get to touch the trucks. The owners tell you to climb inside. Everywhere you look there are people climbing in and out of trucks. Children are running around grinning from ear to ear. I have had the pleasure of riding in a few trucks in my lifetime and I have always been fascinated by them, but I don’t have an immense amount experience with them. Who hasn’t seen a truck on the road and wondered what it looks like on the inside. Here I was getting a chance. One truck, in particular, was a bright red Peterbilt, with the biggest sleeper I have ever seen. Before I knew it, I was invited to see the inside and I even got to ride in it. I was taken aback by how close the driver and passenger sit next to each other. I was in awe as I roamed around the “sleeper” section, which is really a motor home. I have always been a person to ask a million questions, that day was no exception. I found the owners, club members and truck enthusiast to be, not just, a wealth of knowledge but also eager to share all that they know. They talked about the trucks with great passion and it was clear to me that they love these trucks. I was inspired to join The American Truck Historical Society and the local Northern California Chapter as well. I am only inspired to help bring the club’s enthusiasm to more people. I saw so many great trucks that day, I learned about the history of trucks, and I met some truly wonderful people. If you have never been to a truck show, you should really go!!
There was more to the show than just trucks. There were vendors, selling everything from model cars to cookies. People could buy raffle tickets to win prizes that local businesses have donated. This year, there was a tower at the show from Burning Man. It was six stories tall and open to all at the show to climb to the top of. One of the highlights of the day, was the valve cover car races for the kids. I am told that it is there every year and is always a big hit. There was a trailer full of old hit and miss engines. In the afternoon, there is free homemade ice cream for everyone. The ice cream is made in a 35-gallon ice cream maker built by a club member out of an old tractor.
The Northern California Chapter of ATHS was founded in 2004 by Bill Irvin, Jerry Porter and Lynn Samons. The chapter started with nine members and has grown to eighty-five members. We meet on the third Saturday of every month in Red Bluff California. The Jerry Porter Memorial Show was started in 2005 as The Porter Show. The show has always been held at Porter’s Welding in Orland, California. Jerry Porter passed away in 2016 and the Porter family asked that they be allowed to continue to host the show at Porter’s Welding. The Show was renamed in 2017 to The Jerry Porter Memorial Show. This year the show had 152 trucks and served 145 people at dinner. It is estimated that 900-1000 people came to see the show. Money raised by the club is donated to local clubs and charities such as: The Jerry Porter Memorial Scholarship, Shasta County Logging Conference, the Pipeline to Education College Tour and many more. Beside the show, the club also does displays for The Shasta County Logging Conference, The Tehama County Museum, and the Glenn County Fair, as well as, other local events when requested. Members of the club will also be in attendance at the National Show on May 31st through June 2nd, 2019 at The Grand Sierra in Reno, Nevada. You can find the club on Facebook @NCC.ATHS or on their website at www.nccaths.com.
2019 ATHS Northern California Chapter Tentative Event Schedule
Saturday April 6th, 2019 6th Annual Truck Show benefiting St Jude Children's Hospital. Show held in Sutter, CA at Sutter High School. Gates open at 8:00 AM. Info: Robert Mack (530)-415-5987. Scott Gardner (530) 713-7255.
April 26-28, 2019 Red Bluff Tractor Show/Gas Up National Meet at the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff, CA
Saturday April 27, 2019 - ATHS Central California Chapter 32nd Truck Show and BBQ, at the Amador
County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood Street, Plymouth, CA Info: Ed Coughlin, Phone: (209) 825-1704; Email: email@example.com; Web Site http://www.centralcaliforniachapteraths.com
CC Chapter volunteer contact: Jim Miller 775-747-1063 and Jim Bryant 775-7464106
May 17-20, 2019 Glenn County Fair Orland, CA More info: Bill Irvin (530) 624-0148
Saturday May 18, 2019 Maxwell Classic Car Show and Parade, at Maxwell High School 515 Oak Street, Maxwell, CA firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday May 19, 2019 45th CHVA Car Show in the Park Vintage Cars and Trucks at the River Park Red Bluff
Saturday May 25, 2019 Strawberry Festival, Happy Valley CA
Saturday May 27, 2019 Virginia City Memorial Day Celebration of Heroes Parade, line up at 10:30 AM. Info: Virginia City Tourism Commission Phone: (775) 847-7500
May 31- June 2, 2019 - ATHS 2018 National Convention and Truck Show, located at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV Info: http://www.aths.org Volunteer to SN Chapter contact: Tracy Shane 775-741-7621
Saturday June 15, 2019 - ATHS Redwood Chapter Truck Show, at General Equipment, 50 Enterprise Ct Napa, CA. Info: Dane Petersen; Phone: (707) 486-0253; Email: email@example.com
Sunday June 30, 2019 Drive Your Old truck Day- The Club will be doing something.
Saturday July, 2019 - ATHS Central Coast Chapter Cooler Truck Show, at the Nipomo High School, 525 N Thompson Road Nipomo, CA. Info: Larry; Contact Phone: (805)904-6092; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday July, 2019 - Courtland Pear Fair and Parade, at Courtland, CA. Info: Email
CourtlandPearFair@gmail.com Web site: http:www.pearfair.com SN Chapter Contact: Tracy Shane 775-7417621
August 23-24, 2019 - 27th Annual Brooks Truck Show, Pacific Northwest Truck Museum at Antique
Powerland, 1-5 Exit 263 Brooks, OR. Info: (503) 312-0039; Web site: http:/.l.www.pacificnwtruckmuseum.org
August, 2019 - Portola Railroad Days, at Portola, CA Parade Saturday August 25th -Info: Email: email@example.com; Phone: (530) 836-6811 https://chamberorganizer.com/easternplumaschamber/mem_friendsofrail
Sunday September, 2019 - Beckwourth Fly In and Pancake Breakfast, at the Beckwourth Airport Cal 70 in Beckwourth, CA. Info: lost Sierra Chamber of Commerce (530) 836-6811
October 19th 2018 - ATHS Northern California Chapter "Jerry Porter Memorial Truck Show" at Porter Welding Orland, CA. Info: Bill Irvin (530)624-0148