Dear Members & Friends,
We’ve been fielding lots of calls and emails from members, excited about going virtual but wondering just how this online convention & truck show is going to work. The best place to start is at www.ATHS.org/Convention.
There are several activities, webinars, and meetings that require pre-registration. Go to the Schedule of Events (https://aths.org/convention/schedule
) and see what interests you. Click a title to register and receive login/call-in information. Register as soon as possible, as some programs have limited attendance or deadlines. For instance, the companion Paint & Sip activity has limited space with a deadline of May 20th.
Our Virtual Vendor Hall will be available to you for the next 12 months, so be sure to click through and support those companies that support the ATHS mission. We are still accepting vendors to join Hagerty Insurance, Overman Cushion Tire Co., Vander Haag’s, Inc., and others in this great opportunity. Companies large and small are welcome and encouraged to participate. (https://aths.org/convention/exhibitor-sign-up/
The truck show itself is going to be simply amazing! More than 1,100 trucks (and counting), representing nearly 125 years of trucking history have been submitted so far. The deadline is midnight tonight. We are splitting the trucks into decades and creating short videos for each. Just sign our "guest book" and spend the rest of the day looking at all that beautiful old iron.
If you have any questions or problems, the staff are on call and at your service. We look forward to bringing you the very best 2020 National Convention & Truck Show possible. So get your mousing hand ready. It’s almost showtime!
Warm wishes and kind regards,
Your Friends at ATHS
Signing the ATHS Charter
In 1971 the American Truck Historical Society's Charter was signed. We look forward to celebrating 50 years with you in 2021!
Originally published in the 2019 issue of Show Time.
Bertha Outside Nugget hotel
In the mid-1970s, two of the most famous showgirls at the Nugget casino in Sparks/Reno, Nev., weighed close to 10,000 pounds combined and had legs as thick as tree trunks. The showgirls, Bertha and Angel, were billed as "The Amazing Elephants."
Bertha had been performing since 1962. Angel was just a calf when she made her debut in 1974, after Bertha's regular partner Tina retired.
When his elephants weren't performing at the casino, often sharing the bill with headliners like Liberace, owner John Ascuaga hauled them to county fairs, schools, and special events all over the West Coast, including halftime performances at Oakland Raiders football games. A 1973 Wilson livestock trailer was modified with custom side doors and reinforced to transport the pachyderms.
Roscoe Wagner's Wilson Trailer Sales in Idaho Falls, Idaho, completed the modifications, which also included a floating top deck so Ascuaga's ranch cattle also could be hauled with the trailer.
After Bertha died in 1999, Angel moved to her new home at the Fort Worth Zoo. The Wilson trailer was sold.
Fast forward to September 2018. Jim Dobbas, a rancher and ATHS member in Sattley, Calif., spied an old trailer out in the desert near Fallon and turned around to look at it. When he learned it was the elephant trailer, Jim told his wife Carol, "That thing can't be scrapped. We have to save it!"
Jim, who saw Bertha at a bridge dedication in Auburn, Calif., in the mid-1960s, took the trailer back to Wagner's in Twin Falls and had it cleaned up and installed new lights. He had a cutout made of Bertha and Angel and turned the trailer into a display filled with photos and memorabilia of the once-famous elephants.
At the show in Reno, there always seemed to be a crowd around the trailer, where the tale of "The Amazing Elephants" continues to enchant.Virtual Vendor Hall