History

    The seeds of our organization were planted March of 1985 when a notice from  Gordon Rawson, Herman Sass and Jerry Snyder was circulated inviting people, with an interest in forming a Western New York Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society, to a April meeting hosted by Art Isbell.  Art was the president of the Lake Erie International Truck Dealership located on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga, NY.
    Approximately 70 people attended the meeting with  Gordon, Herman and Tom Evans from the newly formed Twin Tiers Chapter addressing the assembly. 
    The organization was formally organized in 1986 and the Charter Members were Vincent Ballachino, William Bloss, Richard Bradt, Robert Buyers, Alton Carnrike, Richard Dahmer, Paul Dippold, Arthur Isbell, Thomas Kelly, Frederick J. Killian, Phillip C. Marshall, John F. Mayer, James Miller, Marcia Miller, Allen Neamtz, Corry Pills, Allen Prame, Gordon Rawson, Barron Reingold, Herman Sass, Michael A. Schleicher, Bruce A. Schweigert, Alvin F. Shaw and Leo E. Wagner.  Of these seven are still active members.
    Only a few regular meetings were held the first year with some of those held on Sunday afternoon at a local tavern.  Around 1988 we started having meetings the third Tuesday of the month at the Orchard Park Library.   In the mid 1990's we started having our summer meetings at various points of interest in the area. We continued our winter meetings at the Orchard Park location until 2009.
In January 2009 we severed our ties to the ATHS and became the "Empire State Antique Truck Association, Inc," and we moved our regular meetings to the Kwik Fill in Marilla, NY.

Truck Shows

    Our first two shows were held in 1987 and 1988 at the Sorrento Cheese lot on Walden Avenue with the 1988 show having a great turnout of trucks and an all day rain.  1989 and 1990 shows were at the Apple Tree Mall.  The K Mart parking lot on Walden was the site of the 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1995 shows. 
    1994 as the year of the big "Shuffle off to Buffalo" ATHS National Convention and Truck Show that was hosted by the then ATHS WNY Chapter.  This was the biggest national show to date and a successful effort on the part of our organization.
    The tenth annual show in 1996 saw the big move to the Genesee County Fairgrounds in Batavia, NY  with a change from pavement to grass and the expansion in the scope of the show to the "Antique Truck, Farm and Construction Show".  The first Sunday in August continued to be our show date at fairgrounds through 2011.
     In 2011 we expanded our show to a two day event and added an Antique Tractor Pull  and a Slow Truck Race on Saturday.
    This year (2012) will see our two day Show on August 4th & 5th moving to the Firemen's Grounds in Stafford, NY.  The grounds are located on Rt.5  about 3 miles east of the Genesee County Fairgrounds.
    With the support of our "Old Guard Members", our membership steadily increasing, a great group of officers and interest in our activities on the rise we look forward to at least 26 more successful years.