2023 America’s Truckfest Brings Trucks of All Flavors to Lebanon Pennsylvania

When you have a successful portfolio of automotive shows that you host during the year, bringing another one to life is usually built on the knowledge gathered from the existing lot. That is what the folks at Motorama Productions have done with their truck show dubbed America’s Truckfest. It took place at the Lebanon Valley Exposition Center & Fairgrounds in Lebanon, PA this past September 2nd and 3rd on Labor Day weekend. Set up as a two-day event with an indoor and outdoor component, it attracted entrants from a variety of different locations.

When you look up the definition of what a truck is, it covers a broad spectrum, and that is what they have tapped into with this show. The outdoor component featured a variety of vehicles that ranged from lowered mini trucks to 18 wheelers. In that mix there were also a variety of pickups on display that spanned several decades with owners putting their own spin on them with custom touches. The big rigs were equally impressive for their sheer size and level of personalization that the owners have added, and unlike many of the smaller trucks present, these are used every day as work vehicles. Trucks and live music also go well together, and another draw to the outside show were the live bands scheduled to perform during the day.

The indoor part of the show also had a wide range of vehicles that fall under the truck umbrella. On the domestic front there were numerous interpretations with stock, pro street, restomod, rat rod, bagged, and race-prepped present, and a large number of Jeeps could also be found. On the import front the focus was more towards the off -road experience with some extreme examples. Bagged trucks that are slammed to the ground are also a popular segment of the truck world and there was an entire hall dedicated to them, while at the other extreme there were lifted trucks in both the domestic and import ranks. In between all of that there was something to please from the youngest to the oldest of showgoers.

For next year, the dates have yet to be announced, but every indication points to an end of summer weekend at the Expo Center for another installment to this truck show.

Ben Maurer’s 1986 Ford C7000 Tilt Cab has only logged 20,918 from new. It was originally purchased by the Florida Department of Transportation to lay traffic cones down.

Pro Street is alive and well in the truck world. Harold Light’s 1956 Chevy 3100 radiates with a coat of R-M Tangerine paint, while under the hood lies a Chevy 409 big block.

Hummer’s are vehicles that sit high and have been engineered with that in mind. Jason Lively’s 2003 Hummer H2 goes in the opposite direction with some clever workmanship.

Russell Hopstetter lengthened the frame on his 1931 Ford truck so he could fit the 230 ci inline six Chevy that also wears a blower and a Holley Sniper EFI.

Boyd Martin’s lowered 1976 GMC High Sierra has a 462 ci big block and is a family heirloom. The diecast he displays that was done of the truck is a 1 of 1000 made by M2.

The AACA Museum had this highly original 1975 Dodge Adventurer on display. This vehicle was donated to the museum by Eric Giallanza in memory of his father who owned it.

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