By Allen Fisher
In the winter of 1993, I set out to organize a branch of the Baltimore Washington Chapter of the ATHS. After having traveled to points east of Baltimore and Washington, and south into Southern Maryland, I, along with a few other individuals, realized that we needed something closer to home. An ATHS roster was purchased and letters were sent to prospective members that lived in the Frederick and Hagerstown area. The first two meetings were held in a building behind Grimes Truck Center thanks to the interest of Jim Grimes. After seeing the initial response, it seemed that a separate chapter was what the members wanted. Stu Abrams was on a board that helped guide us through the necessary steps to form a new chapter. M. D. Miller is credited with coming up with the chapter name. Phil and John Ridgely helped make the chapter financially secure with the Rudy Truck Terminal clean up.
Mel Fair had become a one man truck show organizer with the Grimes show and then the Central Maryland International show. The sponsorship program initiated by Mel and Fred Thornton has made us financially sound to the extent that we are able to offer help to members and to give to local charities.
Bi-monthly meetings were held at the Frederick Shoney’s. Upon its demise, the meetings were moved to the Urbana Pike Pizza Hut for several years and then across the street to the Golden Corral. We now hold our meetings at the Barbara Fritchie Restaurant in Frederick.
The chapter show held each May now at Gladhill Tractor Mart, the local John Deere dealer is going into its 24th year. The 20th annual show in 2013 reached a milestone of over 100 trucks in attendance.
The chapter now boasts its own web site that displays its many activities throughout the year culminating with the Tri-State Antique Truck Show at the Frederick County/Ruritan Fairgrounds north of Winchester, VA each September. The Mason Dixon Chapter is one of the three founding chapters of this show along with the Susquehanna Valley Chapter in Pennsylvania and the Shenandoah Valley Chapter in Virginia. The Baltimore Washington Chapter came onboard in 2013 at the 9th annual show.
The Mason Dixon Chapter along with the Susquehanna Valley Chapter in Pennsylvania, the Shenandoah Valley Chapter in Virginia, the Baltimore Washington Chapter in Maryland, and the Metro Jersey Chapter in New Jersey were the host chapters for the 2015 ATHS National Convention and Show that was held on May 28,29,30, 2015 at the York Expo Center in York, Pennsylvania. There were 1216 trucks in the show and that set a new national show record.
November 28, 2015