Trucks at Work

A truck museum turns thirty

The Mack Trucks Historical Museum up in Allentown, PA, celebrated its 30th anniversary last month – a non-profit entity formed back in 1984 – and for truck junkies like me, the place offers an endless supply of classic iron and related components to investigate.

[It’s also most helpful that admission to the museum is free, with the facility open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.]

I’ve visited Mack’s museum a few times (and you can sift through some photo galleries resulting from those stopovers here and here) as it is connected to the Mack Customer Center, which used to serve as the OEM’s research and development facility.

The performance roadways surrounding the museum and customer center are still put to good use, too; a prime location for customers and journalists to test drive Mack’s products, as you can see here.

The OEM noted that nearly 6,000 people from all parts of the world visit its museum each year, with Mack enthusiasts from Australia and the Netherlands the most frequent foreign visitors.

“We also receive thousands of requests about specific vehicles,” added Don Schumaker, the museum’s curator. “If you have a vehicle identification number, chances are pretty good that we have information in our archives.”

[Schumaker has by far forgotten more about trucks than most people know. You can view his encyclopedic truck brain in action in the video interview below, shot back in April this year.]

The museum also helps host “Trucktoberfest,” an annual “appreciation event” for the antique truck club organizations that support the museum, with more than 300 people and 100 vintage trucks taking part in the festivities.

[Below is a glimpse of the “parade of power” taken during this year’s celebration, with a collection of trucks circling the former test track surrounding the museum and customer center buildings.]

Perhaps not surprisingly, Mack also helps support another museum, one devoted more broadly to the history of transportation – called “American on Wheels” – that is located in downtown Allentown.

Needless to say, if you’re a gearhead that loves old trucks and motor vehicles, both of those placed need to get put on your travel itinerary.

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