Truck show drives crowds to fairgrounds

"Take a look at those radial tires, they weren't around in 1955 either," added his son, Warren D. Whinnery of Lake George.

The father and son, who have restored a few cars themselves, also admired vehicles that defy history.

"You can make a car a hot rod and customize it any way you want," said Warren D. Whinnery. "The fact that these vehicles made it to this point with their old age is amazing in itself."

Local Republican candidate for a Ballston town council seat, Kim Ireland, joined her mother, Mary Potter, to show her father, John Potter's, 1960 PeterBilt truck. John Potter restored the enormous trailer, which could haul 30 tons fully loaded in its day, in time to drive Ireland to her wedding in 2002.

John Potter died in 2003, and Mary Potter now brings the trucks to show.

"This is how I grew up, going to truck shows," said Ireland, who was raised in Cortland County. "My dad was a driver; he owned 16 trucks in his company."

The huge trailer included seats that shift with gravity and a cozy berth behind the front seat for sleeping quarters.

"I used to take naps back there," said Ireland. "I'd love to drive it now, but I don't have my commercial operator's license."

Under a shady pavilion, people who only dream of working on the real thing browsed tables of miniature antique cars and trucks, ranging from replicas of John Deere tractors to collectors items such as a Batmobile and a Dukes of Hazzard car.

Paul Henk of Niskayuna was displaying a large table of die-cast cars and trucks he keeps separate for sale from his own private collection of hundreds he shares with his daughter, Melissa, a Niskayuna high school student.

Henk said his cars, although tempting, aren't meant for a pretend game of demolition derby.

"Everyone that comes to a car show wants to look at these, but they're not really toy cars," said Henk. "They're collectibles, so you don't want to play with them. The idea is to keep them perfect."

Henk said most people car shopping have one thing in mind.

"They want to find the car they grew up with," said Henk. "That's the greatest appeal."


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