Hooniverse at the NTEA – 50 Awesome Images on the Floor of the Work Truck Show

Welcome to Truck Thursday, and as I’m still at the NTEA Work Truck Show I thought I would share with you, our faithful Hooniverse Readers, some of the images I captured on the floor. This is a show that receives very little mainstream media coverage, nor does the other car based blogs bother to make the pilgrimage to Indianapolis, but look at what they missed!

This was the Work Truck Show, ans as such there as every type of vocational Work Truck represented at the show. They had light-duty pickups, heavy-duty dump trucks, delivery and maintenance vans, and a lot of alternate fueled vehicles.


There were several Large Dump Trucks like this Peterbilt.


There were specialized vocational trucks like this railroad chuck equipped Ram Pickup.


And there were quite a few All Wheel Drive trucks like this International built for California Edison.

So, take a look at the gallery, and please comment on your favorites, or if you have questions.

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  1. Feds_II Avatar

    Who's doing the CNG conversions on the Transit Connects?

  2. muthalovin Avatar

    I dig that International. Sure, it will just haul some dudes to change light bulbs, but it still is pretty boss.

    1. Seth_L Avatar

      Just curious what specifically makes it "built for California?"

      1. IronBallsMcG Avatar

        I assume that's "built for California Edison."
        It appears to be their logo on the door.

      2. dwegmull Avatar

        It says "built for California Edison", the formating of the page is weird… California Edison is a SoCal utility company.

  3. Seth_L Avatar

    This post makes me want to sing:
    "We got a big old convoy, truckin' through the night!"
    Thanks for all the coverage!

  4. texan_idiot25 Avatar

    Why is it that the last truck has it's original headlights blanked out, and sealed beams in the bumper? Some nutty California regulation?

    1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

      Most likely a regulation on headlight height. Happens in more states than not.

  5. OA5599 Avatar

    I have only spec'ed out one brand new commercial truck in my career so far, so I'm by no means an expert, but I can understand the need for lots of brightwork on, say the truck that hauls traveling roadshows to supermarket parking lots or the Budweiser Clydesdales to promotional appearances.
    Why on earth, though, would somebody want a blinged-out dump truck? That shiny trim is going to get scratched the first day on a jobsite.

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      Ironically enough, I saw the Budweiser Clydesdales last Sunday.
      <img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-deM-mayqvxY/TXlQMp3HuKI/AAAAAAAAO-s/54jtKekAALU/s1600/1 057.jpg" width="600" end="">

  6. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    Oh man, the only time I usually see that carpet is for GenCon. I'm having a really, REALLY hard time reconciling the two shows.

  7. SSurfer321 Avatar

    Jim, we appreciate your fantastic coverage of this unpopular with mainstream media event. But I have just one question:
    Where are the booth professionals?
    Is there some irrational fear of too much cat calling due to all of the potential construction workers in attendance?

    1. Jim Brennan Avatar
      Jim Brennan

      This is the second inquiry on the Booth Professionals, and I'm sorry to say that there were precious few. All the booths had actual sales and executive professionals that were manning the booth. This show is not as glitzy as the regular Auto Shows, and most of the people within the boots are not there for eye candy….. far from eye candy in fact….