Hudson -Big trucks, old trucks, specialty trucks, all kinds of trucks are on display Sunday, Aug. 1, at the 29th annual Antique Truck Show.
The event, sponsored by the Antique Truck Club of New England, will be at the Hudson Elks Field, 91 Park St., off Route 85, in Hudson, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.
CMS, Inc., a Marlborough dealer in landscape products, and a site work and excavating contractor, has been involved in this show since 1995. Both Patrick Mauro, CMS president, and his father, David, as well as CMS mechanic Peter Beradi, are past presidents of the Antique Truck Club of New England, the local chapter of the Antique Truck Historical Society. A CMS superintendent, Michael Brown, is the current president.
Last year, the show featured 310 trucks, from giant Mack trucks and new Kenwoods to a Ford Model A pickup, Mauro said, “with everything in between.”
Admission to the show is $5 per person, with kids 12 and under free. “All the gate proceeds go to charity,” Mauro said. There are games and a bounce house for the kids, raffles , an d foo d vendors, including Dave’s BBQ.
The show organizers are never quite sure how many trucks will be there; there’s no pre-registration. The event is open to club members and non-members. Truck owners just pay a $10 fee to show off their truck, with that fee used towards the event expenses.
“It’s just an exhibit and a good time. There’s no judging or competition,” Mauro said. “It just has to be truck-related.” The annual show draws truck enthusiasts from all over New England and New York.
Mauro and his father got involved with the club through a lifetime interest in trucks, easy to understand looking around the CMS company location dominated by a wide variety of trucks and construction equipment.
“My father always was intrigued by antique cars, machinery and trucks,” he said. “He’s been restoring antique trucks all his life.” The Mauros own nine restored trucks and expect to have maybe a half-dozen at the Hudson show. They participate in other New England truck exhibits as well.
The Antique Truck Club of New England is also gearing up for the 2012 national meet of the American Truck Historical Society, which will be held on its home turf that year.
The national event will be Memorial Day weekend of 2012 at the Big E Exposition in Springfield. The event typically draws some 1,200 trucks and includes an auction of antique trucks.
Editor’s Note: the preceding is not an endorsement and is presented for informational purposes only.
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