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Classic Trucks at the 6th Annual Clifford Truck Show

Published on July 16, 2015 by in Blog, CATI

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Let’s face it—big rigs don’t get nearly enough attention on the automotive scene. Maybe it’s because they’re slow, they’re heavy, and in reality, there’s not too much that can be done to change their look. Despite this, many people (especially in Canada!) are long-time big rig enthusiasts, and travel from truck show to truck show to witness some of the oldest big rigs in Canada.

If you’re planning to enroll in an auto mechanic college, or have already begun your courses, read on for a look at some of the coolest vintage big rigs that were on display in Clifford, Ontario earlier this month.

A Trucking Tradition is Born in Clifford, Ontario

Clifford Ontario is a small, unassuming town northeast of Mississauga, but truck lovers know it as the home of the Annual Clifford Great Lakes Truck Show. Despite its small, rural location, the people of Clifford rally together every year on Canada Day for this very special truck show, where big rig models from as early as the 1950s are put on display. For students attending automotive school, it’s a great opportunity to see the evolution of trucking technology, safety and style.

Classic Trucks in Attendance at the 2015 Show

The theme of the truck show is vintage, therefore, most models usually come from between the eras of the 1950s-1980s. The best part is that there were no prizes—just all around love and appreciation of classic trucks!

Students studying at an automotive training centre would recognize quite a few of the trucks on display Canada Day weekend. This year there was an assortment of old Cabovers trucks—a style where the driver sits over top of the front axle. These trucks were popular all the way from the early 1900s, straight through to the 1950s. Recently, they’re beginning to make a comeback on Canadian highways, mainly because they allow for longer trailers and thus more cargo.

Also on display at the show were several classic International Transtar trucks, Mack trucks, Kenworths, Peterbilts, GMCs and Fords.

Other Popular Truck Shows Across North America

Of course, Clifford isn’t the only North American town to host a big rig show. America loves trucks; in fact, it’s both a career and way of life for millions. Here’s a look at some of the biggest trucking shows across the continent.

Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky: MATS is known as one of the biggest trucking industry shows in the entire world! Here is where big rigs old and new come together to wow an audience made up of patrons from across the country.

Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas: This convention of big rigs takes place every year in Dallas, with its Pride&Polish event dedicated solely to showcasing custom built trucks.

Truxpro, Abbotsford, B.C.: Truxpo is known as Western Canada’s largest trucking show, bringing together major industry players to showcase the latest trucking technology and equipment.

If you want to learn more about the trucking industry, check out the auto mechanic training program at CATI. 

 
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