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An International Affair: 2018 Scout & All Truck Nationals

Four Wheeler logoFour Wheeler 10/18/2018 Jim Allen

a red and black truck sitting on top of a car: 002 2018 Scout All Truck Nationals 1965 Scout Fire Truck

002 2018 Scout All Truck Nationals 1965 Scout Fire Truck
© Jim Allen

International Harvester (IH) was a celebrated American company with a history that spanned more than a century and a product line that encompassed everything from rifles to refrigerators and tractors to trucks. As a result, when it comes to gatherings, conventions, shows, and celebrations, there is plenty to choose from. All have a smattering of IH products from all genres, but most have a specific theme. In the case of the Scout & All Truck Nationals (midnitestar.org), the main theme is the IH Light Line, which includes the light trucks and cars from 1907 to 1975 and the Scouts from 1961 to 1980.

a red and black truck parked in a field: 003 2018 Scout All Truck Nationals 1971 M41270© Jim Allen 003 2018 Scout All Truck Nationals 1971 M41270

The 2018 gathering at WACO Airfield in Troy, Ohio, marked the 29th year of the event. Until a couple of years ago, it had been known as the “Scout & Light Truck Nationals,” but the founder and event manager, John Glancy, wanted to make it more inclusive and include the larger IH trucks as well, and there has been a significant increase in turnout. John is also the founder of Scout Light Line, which is the licensed parts distributor for International Scout and light-truck parts. Scout Light Line (scoutlightline.com) licenses independent dealers to sell IH parts around the country, and John also runs Super Scout Specialists (superscoutspecialists.com) in Springfield, Ohio, which will soon be in a whizbang new location.

a car parked in a grassy field: 001 2018 Scout All Truck Nationals Scout Lineup© Jim Allen 001 2018 Scout All Truck Nationals Scout Lineup

For the past few years, the event has operated out of the historic WACO (pronounced WAH-co, originally an acronym for Weaver Aircraft Company) Airfield, which was the home of WACO’s test facility. In business from 1920 to 1947, WACO built aircraft at a nearby factory. Because of its open grassy area and several large hangers, it makes for a great event venue. You can even fly into WACO’s grass strip if that suits you. The airfield also houses a museum operated by the WACO Historical Society (wacoairmuseum.org), and while you are exploring Internationals, you can also explore the history of WACO in a collection of vintage aircraft and artifacts. During the show, a Classic WACO biplane takes passengers on aerial tours of the area.

a car parked in a grassy field: 014 2018 Scout All Truck Nationals 1972 Scoutii© Jim Allen 014 2018 Scout All Truck Nationals 1972 Scoutii

This year, more than 200 Internationals were on display, the earliest being a ’34 C-1 pickup. Even with the Midwest socked in by rolling storms, the 2018 event was well attended, and you could see one of just about everything IH. Well, this year we didn’t see an IH built M-1 Garand or an IH refrigerator. Everything else. Look for yourself!

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