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The O’Reilly Street Machine Nationals – da trux


It was a warm, sunny day – perfect for an afternoon enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells at the O’Reilly Street Machine Nationals at the fairgrounds in Springfield. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to check out the sights, sounds, smells, and feels (?) at the fairground. Take the jump below to get a look at a few of my favorite machines.

The Street Machine Nationals is a really big event, and the turnout was huge. It attracts all types of owners and collectors, and there truly is something for everyone. There are vendors on the midway, activities for the kids, and even a beer garden for the day drinkers among us (let’s be honest – it looked more like a holding pen full of guys drinking lukewarm light beer). We were also treated to the sight of cars making their way around the fairgrounds, some of which probably shouldn’t have been driven with people walking around.

For now, this is a collection of my favorite trucks from the event. As you can see, there were hundreds of street machines on display, from wagons and fastbacks to pickups and hatchbacks. More on that to come.


This Lil Red Truck is probably my favorite performance pickup ever built, and a pretty stout muscle car in its own right. Obviously, this cammed & tubbed model has been warmed up a little, but the owner did a great job keeping it clean.


I’ve always been a sucker for a C10, and this ’72 model is no exception. I think this is one of best automotive designs eve created, pickup or otherwise. It’s simple, clean, and functional.


The same could be said for this ’76 model. Long, slab sides and simple styling. Love it.

Stay tuned for more pictures from the O’Reilly Street Machine Nationals. Enjoy the pictures, and comment on your favorite ones below.

[Photos Copyright 2015 Hooniverse/Marcal Eilenstein]

  • greggbc

    I had a 1979 lil red truck. Would outrun anything but a gas station. Traded it for a new 1989 Toyota pickup that now has 198,000 miles and runs great . Gets twice the fuel mileage.

  • bigredcavetroll

    Trucks are kind of nice for straight line speed, other than the whole weight distribution/transfer thing and drag. They usually already have beefed up components and lots of space to put things and work on and in.

  • 1977ChevyTruck

    That Red Express is sweet!

    The only thing that would make it better is if it were a ’78, as I prefer that grill design.

    And of course I like that ’76…

    • boxdin

      The 78 has no emissions stuff at all. The 79 has full emiss equip including cat converter. I prefer the 78.

      • 1977ChevyTruck

        Exactly. Although I doubt that ’79 has much in the way of emissions equipment.

  • Faust86

    I delivered a motorcycle to a guy in west-central Missouri. I saw a Little Red Truck peeking out of one of his outbuildings. I took a look and there were two of them in there. He came around the corner and I said, “you have TWO Little Red Trucks?!” Expressionless, he replied, “I have eleven.” Sure enough, in another building, there were nine more.