‘Ford Truck Enthusiasts’ at Work Truck Show (Photos)

The Work Truck Show is the nation’s largest show for–you guessed it–work trucks. It is sponsored by NTEA: The Association for the Work Truck Industry. But, it’s not just commercial vehicles that are on display at the yearly event in Indianapolis, Indiana. You’ll also find the best outfitting and accessory companies in the entire industry.

If you’re Coca-Cola and you’re looking to purchase 700 trucks for product distribution, you’re likely to set foot at The Work Truck Show. If you’re UPS and you want to learn about new hybrid powertrains for Ford Transit vans, then attending the event is a must. If you’re a truck outfitter and are looking for the latest on lighting, liners, body armor and mechanical components, this show is your show. Catch our drift? This is where everyone in the truck industry goes to either buy or sell their products.

 

Taking advantage of key industry players all being in one place is important to Ford, and the Blue Oval is certainly capitalizing on that at The Work Truck Show. So far, they’ve announced the electrification and hydraulic hybrid solutions for a range of Ford vehicles popular with fleet and commercial customers. These include the F-150, F-250 to F-550 Super Duty, F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks, Transit and E-Series vans and chassis trucks.

 

 

‘Big Nasty’ F-250 Frees Stranded Semi-Truck

Brian Reaume spends every weekend hanging out at the Oceano Dunes Vehicular Recreational Area in Oceano, California. The Santa Margarita resident owns a highly modified 1994 F-250 built for maximum speed on the sand dunes. Reaume’s truck is dubbed “Big Nasty,” and it’s become an impromptu tow service for people who underestimate the sinking power of the sand.

Being the good Samaritan that he is, Reaume often rescues stranded motorists, but the vehicles he saves mostly consist of RVs driven by wayward tourists. That is until he came across a lost semi driver who got stuck in dry sand while trying to make a u-turn. This was a job that not even the average tow truck could help with!

Enter Big Nasty. The beefed up Super Duty is tailor-made for sand blasting with full hydraulic steering and 46-inch tires. To save the beached big rig, Reaume simply hitched it up to his trusty Ford and told the semi driver to relax. And steer, of course! Amidst a cheering crowd waving a pair of American flags, Big Nasty pulled the semi back to the safety of paved surfaces.

If you’re ever cruising around Oceano be sure and heed Reaume’s advice. “The wet sand is hard. Regular vehicles should stay as close to it as possible. Don’t stop uphill, and air down your tires. Common sense saves lives!”