The sixth annual Truck Function in Junction (TFIJ), held on July 14, was once again a great way to spend the day and cruise through the night. Like always, Dan and Cindy Alley, founders of this event, along with Jeff Haffner and everyone else who helps, once again did a great job – especially this year, as the event got a new venue that sent the trucks out to pasture.

Photos by Tony Merck of Rocky Road Photography

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We’re all happy that our original venue, Junction City High School, made some major additions to their campus this year, but this upgrade consumed over half of the event’s truck parking, forcing the crew to search for a new venue. Thanks to Greg Pratt and the entire Pratt family, owners of Eagle Veneer, a family-owned wood products company, for letting this year’s show take place on their property in Junction City, Oregon.

The grassy pasture for the event this year was a little rough at first, but that didn’t stop a few regulars from showing up Friday to get that good spot and camp for the night. The producers of this event are looking to eventually make this a Friday and Saturday show and campout, so these early-arrivers worked out great for a test run.

Saturday morning got very busy, very quickly, when over 80 trucks and several vendors packed the field before the coffee had even gone cold. Schott Truck Parts & Accessories, PAPE Kenworth, DSU Peterbilt, McCoy Freightliner and Tec Equipment were all there and set-up before my son Lincoln and I even showed up.

Ron Stone and the crew from Oldland Distributing were also set up with their fine layout of trucks, as well as George and Ryan Van Dyke, along with much of their family, bringing with them an official “Frampton Ice House” trailer pulled by George’s teal and white Peterbilt 352 cabover. Bill Frampton himself was there to check out the Van Dyke family’s awesome tribute to his years of cool trucks, but if you asked Bill, he’d say, “I was just glad to catch up with my old friends.”

This year, the TFIJ had plenty of great food and good music, including Andy Manuel of our local oldies station, along with a few great food vendors, making this the perfect hangout for the day. One new addition to the event this year was the fact that it now awards one trophy – the “Frampton’s Choice” award. This year was the first year where the legendary Bill Frampton himself picked his favorite truck and then awarded the lucky owner with a handmade trophy. This year’s trophy was made out of a 3408 Caterpillar piston, built by our good friend Jim Marcy, owner of J&R Truck Repair in Junction City, Oregon. The first winner ever of this award went to Jeff Patterson and his beautiful white and green Kenworth W900A flatbed truck and trailer, driven by its original driver, our good friend Ron Van Altvorst.

Everybody truly enjoyed the fact that it didn’t get scorching hot throughout the day, making this awesome event even better. The show and shine, which featured almost 100 trucks, wound down around 5:00 pm, giving all the folks a few hours to re-group before the scheduled evening cruise began.

Around 7:00 pm, everyone began firing up their rides, getting ready for the evening cruise, right down a closed-off Main Street (Highway 99) through the middle of Junction City. And once Dan Alley led everyone out to the strip with his outstanding white and tan W900L, the whole event picked right up again. More and more people line Main Street in Junction City each year to watch these sweet trucks drag the line – and it just gets bigger and better every time!

Speaking of “getting bigger and better” each time, Dan and the crew plan on making their new venue even better next year thanks to Jesse Bounds of Bounds Hay Company. Jesse plans to completely smooth-out and then seed the field this year, so next year the field will be grassy and nice, making this an even more enjoyable event next year.

Dan, Cindy, Jeff and I would all like to personally thank each and every person that continues to make this show better each year. And an extra huge “thank you” goes out to Gregg Pratt and the entire Pratt family for helping to make the 2018 Truck Function in Junction the best one yet! We hope to see you all in Oregon next year. Stay tuned to 10-4 Magazine for dates and details.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We would like to thank our friend Tony Merck of Rocky Road Photography for helping us out and providing all the great pictures for this report.

 

 

Cruisin’ Old 99

Originally Published in 10-4 Magazine on September 15, 2016

It looks like the small town of Junction City, Oregon did it again! I’ve really got to hand it to the local City Council and the Oregon Department of Transportation for allowing us to completely close off Junction City’s main street (Old US 99) and transform this little town’s main drag into one big truck show and cruise, for the 4th annual Truck Function in Junction, held July 16, 2016.

The show and shine portion of this year’s event kicked off without a hitch at Junction City High School. We got really lucky this year in regards to the weather, with nothing but blue skies and temperatures in the mid-70s. I figured that I would get there bright and early to beat the crowds, around 6:00 AM, but to my surprise, there were already over 40 trucks on the lot – and the trucks just kept coming. With over 95 trucks entered in the show and shine and over 100 trucks in the cruise later that evening, things got very busy, very quickly.

In addition to all of the old favorites and locals that come each year, there were a lot of new faces at the show, too. One of the first people that I met was Scott Sakugawa from Merced, California, who brought out a really beautiful white and blue Peterbilt 379 single axle, complete with a set of decked-up matching doubles, owned by Macedo Hay (featured in the July 2016 edition of 10-4). Good friends Justin and Lyndon Troyer also made an appearance, rolling in with their beautiful head-turning rigs – Justin’s white K100 Kenworth cabover and Lyndon’s classy blue 359 extended hood were pretty hard to beat in the “cool” category.

Not too far from the action was Jim Oldland’s perfect lineup of both new and old turquoise-colored Peterbilts – Jim even brought out his painted-to-match classic Ford pickup. Thank you again to Jim, Randy and the crew for coming up from Medford to be a part of this event. On the other side of the lot sat the bright viper red Peterbilt from Joel Olson Trucking, proudly driven by Gary Ross, who also took the entire weekend to hang out with us (thanks again Joel and Darren). One of the highlights for us was watching Brett Whitaker from Roseburg, Oregon pull into the lot driving his dad’s silver and blue Kenworth W900. Sadly, we lost his dad, Gene Whitaker, earlier this year, so what a sight it was to see his son and other family members arrive at the event, along with a few of Whitaker’s pressed-out blue Kenworth log trucks.

The non-judged show, held at the high school throughout the day, featured lots of great equipment and good people, even though the air was filled with smoke. Junction City is a small community and the entire town was still reeling from a devastating fire that occurred the night before this event. Burning everything except for one building, our past cover trucker Jesse Bounds of Bounds Hay Hauling lost his two huge barns and all of his hay – thankfully, he managed to get all of the equipment and trucks safely away from the devastation. So, needless to say, it was the most inspirational moment of the entire day to see one of Jesse’s beautiful white and orange Peterbilts pull out onto old Highway 99, shined up and ready to go cruising, and receive a rousing round of applause from everyone out on the street.

After about two hours of cruising, this year’s Truck Function in Junction came to an end – and was another great success. Heck, even two of the sponsors, Papé Kenworth and DSU Peterbilt, were seen out on the strip cruising their trucks. What a good time… and it just gets better and better every year, thanks to everyone involved. Huge thanks to Dan Alley and the entire board for putting all of this together and doing the heavy lifting.

We really hope all of you will make the trip to Junction City, Oregon, to be a part of this fun event next year, which allows trucks to take over the town and enjoy a fun cruise down old nostalgic Highway 99 – and it just doesn’t get much better than that.

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Guess what folks? We have great news! The Truck Function in Junction will be coming back for another year of big rigs, semi-trucks and haulers for the 3rd annual event!

Join us July 18, 2015 in Junction City, Oregon. We expect the best turn out yet this coming year! Contact us and get involved by sponsoring, volunteering or spreading the word about the 2015 Truck Function in Junction!

A Public Statement: Trucks Take Over Junction City

How many times a week do we all catch ourselves looking over into storefront windows and checking out our trucks as we drive by? Chances are, we can’t even count how many times! Even on our worst days, simply jumping into our trucks and putting some miles down can have great therapeutic results. Little do we ever realize, but a big part of the general public also admires our fancy rides. We may be only a small percentage of the overall huge world of trucking, but we can sure make a public statement.

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