Summertime Cruise

Junction City, Oregon did it again! This year marked the 3rd annual Truck Function in Junction all truck show and cruise on July 18, 2015. This event has become a must for a growing number of folks each and every year, and especially this year, boasting a record 131 trucks for the all-day show and shine, and over 100 trucks rollin’ throughout the evening cruise through the middle of town.

It was great to see many new faces this year, both vendors and drivers alike. Jeff Patterson even turned his curtain-side trailer into a make-shift performance stage for local country singer Amy Clawson and her band. Papé Kenworth and DSU Peterbilt, along with McCoy Freightliner and others, helped to fill the Junction City High School parking lot up with their cool new trucks on display, along with all of the outstanding working trucks that came to participate.

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Again this year, this event brought in many fine-looking working trucks such as Troy Points, with his silver and blue walking floor Peterbilt, along with his dad, Tom, and his wild purple and silver 379. The Van Dyke family also made it out with a beautiful lineup of trucks, including George’s new personal ride – a special edition “Pride & Class” 389 Peterbilt, painted in the signature Van Dyke colors of Medium Green and black, of course. Mark McLeroy brought out “Ironsides” – a historic 1979 A-Model from Los Angeles that was owned and operated by Bob Wilson until he died a few years ago. This truck, which has about a million lights, is equipped with a Cummins KT525 that puts out a whopping 1,400 horsepower to the flywheel! As you can imagine, this rig turned a lot of heads.

It’s always great to see folks take the time and effort to attend events like this. Friends Korey, Lain and Ryan from Stingray Express out of Alberta, Canada even rolled in with their fine group of Peterbilt roll-tops, and Todd Fisher, with his white 379 2-axle, came equipped, hauling in his golf cart and Chevy pickup. Nik Leslie and good friend Larry Crusen dropped jaws with Nik’s bright blue king of Cool ‘Gordon Fast Freight’ A-Model, which he recently restored. Tim Nelson of John Day, Oregon and his KTA600-powered blue and silver A-Model, parked next to Nik’s Kenworth, fit right in, rather nicely.

The sunny 98-degree day went by fast, but thanks to all of the food and beverage vendors at the show, we never went hungry (or dry)! Now, at last, everybody fired up their wagons and headed for Main Street. I may be a little biased, but what a cool cruise it was! To close down a portion of Pacific Hwy. 99 for a truck cruise is no easy task, but we did it – and it is a real rush to cruise down the boulevard on a hot summer night. People and kids all along the way were waving and just having some good old American fun.

I must say, the highlight of the whole day for me was cruisin’ down 99 in my yellow and brown Freightliner cabover with west coast legend Mr. Bill Frampton. Bill ran a Southern California-based refrigerated trucking company that was known for having some of the sweetest reefers up and down the west coast. His historic trucking career spans several decades. Now living in Oregon, I would like to say “Thank you, Bill” – what an honor it was to go cruisin’ with you.

All of us with the Truck Function in Junction would like to thank everyone who participated in this event and made it such a great day. A big thanks go out to all of our amazing sponsors, our crew of volunteers who help make the day go smooth, and each and every one of the people who brought their truck (or trucks) out to the show and cruise. If this year is any indication as to what next year might be like, look out, because it’s gonna be huge – we hope to see you there!

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Cruisin’ The Junction

 

The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the finest big rigs in the nation, and this year’s Truck Function in Junction proved it once again! This year’s show and cruise, held on July 19th in Junction City, Oregon, was actually the second annual event, but with the huge rainstorms and windy weather during last year’s event, we could almost consider this year’s show and cruise the “real” first annual Truck Function in Junction! This year, Dan Alley, Randy Chizek, Brian and Teresa Austin and their families really out-did themselves, along with their crew of volunteers, by planning and executing such a great event.

Much to our pleasant surprise, we woke up Saturday morning to clear blue skies and warm temperatures, confirming our hopes that this year’s event would far exceed last year’s – and boy were we right! This year’s “Truck Function” welcomed almost 90 trucks, more than doubling last year’s count, and the size of the crowds almost doubled, as well. Everybody from young to old seemed to stop in to check out all of the fine rides parked in the Junction City High School parking lot for the “show” portion of the event.

A few of the local street rodders pulled up in their roadsters and realized that many of the trucks, like James Davis’ black and orange Pete 379 and Randy Chizek’s gray and black W900L dump truck, highly resembled their roadsters parked outside. As with most truck shows, the most enjoyable spectators to see are the kids and their excitement at seeing all of these giant and beautiful rides. Most of the kids had done laps around each truck several times before they even realized that there was a snow-cone stand!

By 10 a.m. almost the entire west side of the high school parking lot was packed – but the trucks kept pouring in! Before we knew it, trucks were filling the entire east side of the parking lot, as well. Heck, even an ambulance, owned and driven by Arlen Rexius, rolled in, along with a few of Rexius Forest By-Products’ other awesome lime green Kenworths. This year was also a big year for our good friend Ryan Van Dyke (aka “Mr. big 18-year-old CDL guy”). Ryan, along with his dad Brad and grandpa George, all helped to sponsor the event and showed up with a few of their impeccable turquoise-colored Petes, including Ryan making his maiden voyage in his 379 looking a lot like the one his dad Brad used to have.

Bill Latimer and RAM Trucking came down from Brownsville, Oregon to not only help sponsor the event but to cruise in his beautiful black A-Model KW long hood, as well – and it was an awesome sight to see. Again this year, like last, Mike and Susan Brown of Mike Brown Trucking helped sponsor the “Truck Function” and brought out their outstanding light blue long nose baby cab Pete log truck, right alongside the black and silver 2013 Pete 389 log truck driven by Arron Star, along with his little co-pilot, Wyatt Star.

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