16th Annual National Brockway Truck Show - Wrap Up

THE 16TH ANNUAL NATIONAL BROCKWAY TRUCK SHOW has been added to the archives of the annual Brockway weekend in Cortland, New York   A “huge thank you” to our major sponsors:  Suit-Kote, Cortland, NY; Rick & Rich Towing, Homer, NY; Syracusa Sand & Gravel, Victor, NY; CNY Living History Center, Cortland, NY;  Root Brothers Farms, Albion, NY; Peter and Susan Grimm; Homer, NY; Grimm Building Materials, Green Island, NY  and supporting sponsor:  Bob and Shirley Randolph.


What a weekend it was.  On Thursday evening there was a good representation of Brockway trucks and their owners parked at  Super Cream in Homer for a light dinner and/or ice cream and of course some “Brockway conversation”.


Friday’s events began with the popular “Huskie Drive” which was arranged by Bob Randolph and included 22 Brockway trucks taking a 50 mile road trip for lunch at the Brackel Bar & Grill on Route 23 just outside of Cincinnatus, NY.  It was a beautiful day, good lunch and an enjoyable time had by all those who participated.   Later in the afternoon a wine tasting was held in the cafe at the museum as folks were anticipating the “new menu” for Friday evening’s fundraiser dinner.   It was a dinner beyond all expectations as Susan Grimm and her committee provided an extensive Italian Cuisine.  By all reports and comments received it looks like a “repeat performance” is in order.   A special occasion was recognized as everyone helped Mark and Sandy Yarnell of Boyertown, PA celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary.   The Brockway Auction followed the dinner in the museum theater and although the number of Brockway items are decreasing, a good amount of money was raised for the museum, thanks to a great auctioneer by the name of Charles MacIntocsh,.   A spectacular end to Friday evening was the gigantic display of fireworks.           A special “thank you” to all who gave so generously to help make these so entertaining for everyone for miles around.


The Brockway parade on Saturday was led by Fred Little who was the people’s choice winner in the 2014 Brockway Truck Show.  The usual parade route was lined by spectators awaiting the roar of the mighty engines and the blowing of loud horns.    The final tally showed 126 registered Brockway trucks were in attendance.  There were five trucks pre-registered but did not make the Show.  Eleven Brockway trucks are on exhibit in the museum and will receive credit for Show attendance. Thousands of people enjoyed  all the Brockway trucks parked on Main Street in Downtown Cortland, NY.  The awards ceremony at 3 p.m. drew everyone’s attention to the following:    winner of the Trucker’s Choice (on next year’s dash plaque) is James McLaughlin of Marshfield, MA; winner of the People’s Choice (will lead next year’s parade) is David Quail of Marathon, NY; winner of the Brockway driven the farthest distance is Jim Walker of Hume, VA (480 miles); winner of the Brockway trailered the farthest distance is Bruce Taylor, of Rochester, MA (371.8 miles).  The owners of the oldest Brockway registered at the Show is the Horn family of Coatesville, PA.  Edwin Preiser, better known as “Uncle Winnie” was recognized for his continuous attendance at the Brockway Truck Show at his young age of 93.  Five year pins were presented to Susan Grimm and Bruce & Linda Whitney.  Ten year pin was presented to Dean Potter.  Fifteen year pins were presented to Scott Albrecht, Stan Augustine, Fred Little, Mary Potter, Hugh Riehlman and the Truxton Fire Department.  


Following the awards ceremony the Brockways left Main Street with the same sounds that accompanied their entrance - the roar of engines and the blast of horns - much to everyone’s enjoyment.  They arrived back at the Central New York Living History Center and the Brockway museum for the evening dinner and recognition of the former Brockway employees.  This year there were 29 former employees in attendance.  Conversations continued and many friendships renewed and new ones were made. 


At 7:30 on  Sunday morning the chefs/cooks were manning the griddle ready to whip up a great breakfast to hundreds of hungry folks.  What a weekend it was for the 16th Annual National Brockway Truck Show and everyone left talking about next year!


It really did not end there as a first time South Central NY Chapter ATCA all-make Truck Show continued with their activities at the CNYLHC from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with all indications to make this an annual event.