If you follow classic vehicle trends, you already know that vintage trucks are the hot ticket right now… Options for restoring and customizing your classic Chevy C10 or Ford F Series truck are everywhere. We’ve even seen a rebirth of the “mini-truck” scene from the 80s and 90s. Of course, we’ve always had an affinity for trucks at the Pomona Swap Meet, whether they’re on display, for sale, towing in a classic car, loaded up with parts, or carrying a family out for a day of shopping. And that’s why we’re so happy to be hosting the Southern California Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society at the Pomona Swap Meet on March 5, 2017. The ATHS is a must see club that covers the entire spectrum of trucking. They’re all about the preservation, restoration and driving enjoyment of semi trucks, tractor trailers, fire apparatus, tow trucks, oil and gas tankers, and farm trucks and equipment. This is a convoy you won’t want to miss!

The Southern California Chapter of ATHS was organized and chartered June 5, 1982, with Rolland Smith, former president of the ATHS, as one of its founders. The Chapter has grown from just a handful of truck enthusiasts to over 150 members. The Southern California Chapter encompasses an area from Santa Barbara to San Diego, and from Los Angeles to the Arizona border. The majority of the members are from the greater Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside.

Southern California Chapter of ATHS

The Club’s logo represents several significant aspects of Southern California’s history and diversity. The truck is a Moreland, a true Southern Californian – originally built in Burbank back in 1919. It’s traveling through an orange grove bordered by palm trees, with snow-capped mountains in the background. All pretty indicative of SoCal!

The Club keeps its members attention with some interesting activities, including cruises to local attractions, eateries, and private collections. Their main event is an annual antique truck show held on the 1st Sunday in May at the Orange Empire Railway Museum, in Perris, Calif. This year is the 32nd edition of the event, and it will be held on May 7th. It’s remarkable to see the incredible array of trucks each year. If you have a 1992 or earlier American built truck, fire apparatus, military vehicle, farm tractor or equipment, and you would like to participate in the May 7th show, you can register here.  In addition to the Sunday show, they plan a “Mystery Tour” on the prior Saturday for early arrivals.

The Club also meets regularly on the 3rd Saturday of each month for breakfast at Goody’s Restaurant, 551 South Hunts Lane, Colton, Calif.

You can keep up with the Club’s happenings by checking out their newsletter, Old Iron Express, following them on Facebook, or by visiting their website.

Be sure to stop by the ATHS display on the front row of the Classic Car Corral at the March 5, 2017 Pomona Swap Meet to see their truly unique truck display, or to learn more about the Club, their events, and membership opportunities.