Jim and Sabrina's 1959 Chevrolet Apache 32 Long bed Stepside Pickup
8th Annual BROTHERS Show & Shine – July 09, 2006

One of the shows I have really been excited to participate in as an entrant was the annual BROTHERS Show & Shine held each year at the Canyon RV Park at Featherly Regional Park in Anaheim Hills. I have attended the past few BROTHRS Show & Shines, but only as a spectator. This year, we were finally getting to show off our truck at one of THE southern California shows show casing GM trucks!

Jim and Sabrina’s 1959 Apache at the 2006 Brothers Show Show Showin’ off that high torque power plant!

Sabrina and I didn’t have to get up quite as early for this show as some of the other shows this season as the show continued to accept entrants until 8:00 am. We arrived at the gate at 7:30 and were parked right away. It was going to be a warm day and so we were pleased to be parked under a nice shade tree. As soon as we parked, even before we polished up the truck, the first order of business was to get the First-Up canopy set up. With help from a few fellow truck enthusiasts passing by, Sabrina and I had the canopy up in a few minutes. The next item on our agenda was to polish the truck up. We quickly went over it and it was looking good. Since we were under a tree we knew our work would go in vain but it looked good for a few minutes at least.

After the truck was looking good we finished setting up “camp” which included our two folding chairs and matching table that we just picked up from Wal-Mart along with two battery-powered fans and an ice chest. We took a break and tried out the new chairs. They were going to work out just great. After we each enjoyed a cup of coffee from our Thermos we were ready to go get our goodie bag and check out the “competition”.

After we picked up our goodie bag, we each bought a Brothers Tee-Shirt. This year they were black so we decided with the heat we would save wearing them for another day. We started checking out the many cool GMC and Chevrolet trucks sportin’ their stuff at this year’s show. There were trucks from 1947 through 1987. Most of the trucks were customized and there were quite a few trucks that were very well done. While the original or restored-to-original trucks were out-numbered like four-to-one, there were some fine examples of the ‘47-’55 1st series Advance Design era, the ’55 2nd-59 early V-8 Task Force line, the ‘60-’66 C/K line, the ’67-‘72 Glamour era of trucks and a few ’73-“87s.

One of the great things about making the rounds and checking out the trucks is the opportunity to talk with their owners and hear the various stories behind the truck. The tails are so vast. We heard many different stories running the gambit as to “I have owned it since it was new” to “I just bought it last week”. Some of the folks we ran into told us how their truck was a part of their family for many years. One gentleman we spoke to about his truck (a 1963 Chevrolet Fleetside) was from Ontario. His name was David and he told us how his truck belonged to his Father and how he had such fond memories riding in it as a kid. We also spent time with a lady from Trabuco Canyon that owned a 1959 Chevrolet Apache 31 Stepside. She was just starting out in her restoration and planned to do the work herself. She had lots of questions for Sabrina and I about our truck and she took quite a few notes on several specific details she spotted on our truck for her new project.

Around noon, Sabrina and I went and checked out the food vendors. I had a polish dog, while Sabrina went for a hamburger. We headed back with our grub and decided it was time to get out of the sun and take cover under our canopy and settle into our new folding chairs for a spell. Sabrina rustled up a couple of cold bottles of water from our Ice chest and turned on the two battery-powered fans. It was like heaven! We ate our lunch and enjoyed the shade and cool air from the fans. After lunch, we watched the spectators enjoying the trucks and fielded many questions about our truck for passers-by. Before we knew it, it was time for the judging results.

We made our way up to the stage area and listened intently as they called out the various categories. Just before they announced the “Best of Show” award, the MC one of the “brothers” stopped to make a comment about the original trucks. He said, that they needed to give more recognition to these trucks as this year had the best turnout of restored stock trucks they have had for many years. He thanked each of the owners of the original trucks for coming out to the show and he then announced that the “Best of Show” winner was going to the owner of a custom 1972 GMC Suburban. Well, there was no denying it was a clean truck! One restored-to-original truck did get an award; it was a 1957 Chevrolet Cameo. A couple of other stock trucks that received an award included two 4x4 NAPCO trucks. One of them a 1957 GMC Suburban which received an award for the “Tallest Truck” and a 1958 Chevrolet Apache 31.

Even though we didn’t win an award, our truck did receive a lot of attention. In fact, on our way out of the gate, the BROTHERS guys were all lined up and several of them stopped us to tell us what a nice truck we had and how they really wanted to recognize more of the stock trucks next year. One of them really wanted to see our interior as we were leaving as he said he had never seen a 1959 interior done original before. That was cool. One thing is for sure, this is one show we will be coming back to as an entrant! Even if we never win an award, the best prize is getting to see all of those cool old trucks in one place!

To see more pictures of this event, click on the link below:

BROTHERS 8th Annual Show & Shine

To read the story by Brian McCormick from TRUCKWORLD, click on the link below:

BROTHERS 8TH ANNUAL CLASSIC CHEVY & GMC TRUCK SHOW & SHINE

We would like to thank BROTHERS for hosting this show. If you are in need of parts for your 1947-87 Chevrolet or GMC truck, please steer some of your business to BROTHERS. They are a good group of guys and we appreciate their dedication to the hobby by putting on a really great show! To check out the BROTHERS web site, just the link below:

BROTHERS

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