Editor’s note: “Throwback Thursday” has become a popular way to share past pics or stories on the Internet. Bob Martin’s award-winning “Spitballin’ with Cowpoke” column in Land Line was a reader favorite from 2009-2011. Bob passed away in 2011. Here’s one from the November 2009 issue.
Remember the nicknames truckers used back in the day? Some of my favorites were GMCs and Internationals. In the 1950s, GMC made a bubble-nosed kinda cabover-looking job that everybody called the Cannonball. The name seemed to fit although I don’t think it came from the brute power of these trucks as a lot of them were powered by a 4-banger Detroit. GM followed that up in the ’60s with one we labeled the Crackerbox.
|Bob "Cowpoke" Martin (Photo courtesy of Peterbilt)|
Then in the ’70s, GM built a truck that actually came from the factory with an official model name: The Astro. That didn’t stop us. We renamed this astronomical GMC a West Virginia Peterbilt with a Sunporch. Anyone who has ever driven one would understand why.
I drove all three, and if I were to rate them, it would be in this order: (1) Neat Old Truck, (2) Man, it’s Cold in Here and (3) I Think I Might Throw Up.