Classic truck

The 1916 Hawkeye is among the classic trucks on display at Yesterday’s Memories & Antique Truck Museum in Sanborn. Hawkeyes were built in Sioux City 1915-33.

Event to be held during Labor Day celebration

REGIONAL—A new organization is bringing the love for classic iron to N’West Iowa and beyond.

The Tri-State Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society will be roaring into its first two events soon.

The group showcases antique trucks — 25 years old and older — on four and 18 wheels.

Denny Postma, caretaker at Yesterday’s Memories & Truck Museum in Sanborn, founded the tristate chapter with Gordon Watson of Spencer last September. The group has grown to 40 members since.

Watson was a frequent visitor of Yesterday’s Memories before approaching Postma about partnering to start the group.

“Finally, he said he’d been involved in the ATHS for a number of years and there’s no local chapter up here,” said Postma, who serves as the chapter vice president.

The group welcomes members from a 100-mile radius of Sanborn.

The first event it will be taking part in is the 26th annual Car & Truck Show on Monday, Sept. 3 in Sheldon.

Postma expects 25 trucks in Sheldon.

The second event is the South Dakota Truck Convoy for the Special Olympics, held Sept. 21-22 at the W.H. Lyons Fair Grounds in Sioux Falls, SD.

“My main interest for starting the chapter was the Special Olympics — to be able to donate to good causes to help things out,” Postma said.

Registration for each event is $10 and is open to anyone with a classic truck. All proceeds will be donated to the Special Olympics.

Postma’s love for antique trucks comes from his childhood. He said that is true for many members.

“I started driving my first truck at the age of 14,” he said. “When I started working here 15 years ago my passion for the old iron really grew.”

“The old-time professional truckers, they’ve got some of the greatest stories and they love to talk,” he continued. “Truckers are a whole different breed.”

He plans to set up a tent and picnic tables at events so the drivers chat about the good old days.

“They all took pride in their work. It was their life. They lived it, breathed it, ate it,” Postma said. “I can remember when I was really young I’d go with my brother-in-law and we’d stop at the old truck stops. The comradery is unbelievable.”