Sunday, August 19, 2012

Chevrolet Rampside (Corvair) Pickup

Dad and I spent an enjoyable Saturday walking the grounds of the Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club Show.  He and I used to go back when I was a youngster in the 1970s, and it has steadily grown into this thing that now encompasses over 80 acres! To the club's credit, they run a good show, with vintage tractors pulling people wagons to and from the parking area and around the entire show.  I guess you could call them Tractor Trollies for lack of a better term.

I took tons of photos, wanting to try out a couple "new" Nikon lenses I'd purchased over the last year.  There's also a 10-acre flea market that I wanted to peruse, just in case I found something I couldn't live without.

I took these photos for Roberta since I knew she has a soft spot for the oddity that is the Chevrolet Rampside 95 pickup truck.  This one's seen better days, but it appears to be (mostly) all there.

Here's the rampside gate, which is independent of the rear tailgate:

Pretty neat!  One of my first automobiles was a 1963 Corvair Monza Coupe, and while it was lively, it was by no means a barn-burner.  I'd imagine this particular truck with a full payload would out-accelerate a VW Transporter, but not by very much.  I was just glad to see one still intact and on the road, myself...