Story & Photo Credit: Jim Hopper
The 20th annual Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show rolled into St. Ignace Michigan on September 19th and 20th, displaying the largest collection of working and custom show trucks in the twenty year history of the show. Over 180 big rigs from across the United States and Canada were on display at the Little Bear East Arena and the St. Ignace downtown waterfront.
Special guests at this year’s truck show included the team from Mobsteel, a Detroit based custom vintage car company currently featured in their own Sunday night television series on the NBCSN sports network. The Mobsteel #1 GANGSTAR street truck, on display at the Mobsteel booth, came complete with a bare metal finish buffed with a liberal coating of WD40.
Guarding over the two day show was the mighty Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots and star of the Transformers movie Age of Extinction. The custom Western Star 5700XE with bold orange flames on a deep blue base, towering triple chrome stacks and an intimidating hood and oversized chrome bumper, left no doubt who was in charge.
In the vintage category, a 1958 B67 Mack truck, owned by retired truck mechanic Pat Border of Stanton Michigan caught the eye of everyone at the show. The restoration, carried out over the last two years by Pat and his partner Shaun Barber, has gained them deserved recognition with best of show for 2014 and 2015 at the Stanton Old Fashion Days and first place in the vintage class at the 2015 Great Lakes Truck Show in Dundee, Michigan.
The highlight of the memorial truck show was the Saturday evening parade of lights across the Mackinac Bridge.The trucks crossed the Mackinac Bridge from St. Ignace at twilight, looped through Mackinaw City and once again crossed the bridge back into St. Ignace.
The annual St. Ignace truck show is managed by the Richard Crane Memorial Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising money through the event,to aid in the fight against cancer. The foundation donates a portion of the proceeds to the Helen Moss Cancer Research Foundation.