Central New York ATHS convenes near Syracuse

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Welcome for those attending Sunday’s ATHS show in Liverpool, New YorkWelcome for those attending Sunday’s ATHS show in Liverpool, New York

Participants arriving at Sunday’s American Truck Historical Society Central New York Chapter’s annual show drove under a mammoth American flag hanging from the extended arm of a bright pink truck owned by All Ways Concrete Pumping of nearby Auburn, New York.

It was a new welcome to Longbranch Park in Liverpool, just north of Syracuse, for the more than 165 participants at the group’s 20th annual show.

Scott Smith, chapter president and show chairman, was pleased with the turnout and continued support of the show by the trucking community.

“It’s the people who make this show a success,” said Smith, whose grandfather was a truck driver. Smith is a mechanic and exhibited his 1968 Dodge pickup that has been in the family for 49 years.

Jeremy George, president of the Brockway Truck Preservation Association, at Sunday’s ATHS show in Liverpool, New YorkJeremy George, president of the Brockway Truck Preservation Association, at Sunday’s ATHS show in Liverpool, New York

One of those longtime supporters at the show was Jeremy George, a mechanic for Broome County, and president of the Brockway Truck Preservation Association. He showed his orange 1974 Brockway N359TL, which was parked alongside two other Huskies; all had been built in Cortland, just 40 miles straight south of the show.

George is as enthusiastic about preserving old trucks in general as he is about touting Brockways, his brand of choice. On Sunday, George talked a bit about the future of antique truck preservation and shows like the one he attended. (Watch for a future Truckers News podcast with George.)

“We need to get the younger generations involved,” said George, who grew up in a family that owned Brockways and worked on big trucks. He’s concerned that many of the older people in the hobby are “not welcoming the younger guys with their style and their brand whether it’s adorned with chrome-plated skulls and eight-inch stacks and dropped on air bags. Regardless of what it looks like, you have to embrace the passion of any hobby trucker. These young guys are going to carry this hobby on into the future and they have to be embraced with open arms and welcomed, regardless of what they pull into the truck show with.”

In fact, he has a Huskie customization in the works at home; a 1968 Model 360 he hopes will stand as an example of what might attract younger enthusiasts to the hobby and to Brockways.

George will be part of the group welcoming Brockways back to Cortland next month. The 18th annual National Brockway Truck Show is Aug. 10-13.

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1951 Mack LF owned by Darrell Whitman of Port Crane, New York1951 Mack LF owned by Darrell Whitman of Port Crane, New York

1985 Kenworth K100E owned by Keith Suits1985 Kenworth K100E owned by Keith Suits

1975 Peterbilt 359 owned by David White of Locke, New York1975 Peterbilt 359 owned by David White of Locke, New York

1978 Peterbilt 352 owned by Sam Ponto Sr. or Baldwinsville, New York1978 Peterbilt 352 owned by Sam Ponto Sr. or Baldwinsville, New York

1987 Peterbilt 379 owned by Fred Schell of Mohawk, New York1987 Peterbilt 379 owned by Fred Schell of Mohawk, New York

1998 White GMC owned by John Hodges of Kirkville, New York1998 White GMC owned by John Hodges of Kirkville, New York

1974 Brockway N359TL owned by Jeremy George of Windsor, New York1974 Brockway N359TL owned by Jeremy George of Windsor, New York

1970 White Freightliner WFT 8642T owned by M.J. Taylor of Clay, New York1970 White Freightliner WFT 8642T owned by M.J. Taylor of Clay, New York

1965 Peterbilt 2811965 Peterbilt 281

1976 White Road Commander II owned by Norm Wagner1976 White Road Commander II owned by Norm Wagner

2002 Kenworth T800 owned by Terpening of Syracuse, New York2002 Kenworth T800 owned by Terpening of Syracuse, New York

1975 Dodge CN-800 owned by Bill Heberle of Rochester, New York1975 Dodge CN-800 owned by Bill Heberle of Rochester, New York

1977 Peterbilt 352 owned by Usherwood Restoration of Otisco, New York1977 Peterbilt 352 owned by Usherwood Restoration of Otisco, New York

1976 Mack R600 Crew owned by Darrell Whitman of Port Crane, New York1976 Mack R600 Crew owned by Darrell Whitman of Port Crane, New York

1974 Chevrolet C-65 owned by Mark Upton of Moravia, New York1974 Chevrolet C-65 owned by Mark Upton of Moravia, New York