The 5th Annual Gathering Custom Truck Show
Trucks Come out to Play in Anderson, South Carolina
Some of the best shows we cover are those small local neighborhood events that were able to ‘scale up’ because they had what it takes to bring back folks year after year. The Gathering in Anderson South Carolina is one of those. As the name implies, it’s a get-together of like-minded folks who enjoy each other’s company as much as they do the cool collection of cars and trucks that make up the show. Now in its fifth year, the show is run by Kent Williams from Common Treads Magazine and Jason Williams (no relation) who invited show goers to the wide open facilities of the hot air balloon launch pad at the Anderson Civic Center. Drivers arrived from the local area as well as from a dozen surrounding states to enjoy the weekend fun. In addition to the cool collection of custom trucks, vendors had all the latest accessories for your ride, pin stripers were on hand to add those perfect finishing touches and the crew from Lafone’s Barbecue made sure your tank was never running on empty.
The guys from the Best Damn Truck Show did a podcast throughout the event that you can hear on Facebook or Instagram. The awards ceremony at the Gathering was unique with laser-cut steel trophies, created by Welch’s Chop Shop and certain to receive a place of honor in your trophy case. In addition to the Top 50, they also had more than 50 specialty awards. James Carswell and his awesome “Daddy’s ’48” went home with the Best in Show. Ground Level captured the Club Participation award, with Freaks of Nature and Earth Scrapes close behind. The Gathering show promoters also found a way to add to the camaraderie of the event with their Elite Awards program. Each of the truck clubs in attendance was given one of the show’s custom plaques and they in turn, presented the award to an individual or club of their choice. It was a great way to recognize a cool ride, a deserving driver, or an impressive group. Special thanks to all the supportive event sponsors and especially Welch’s Chop Shop and Sparkles Detail for their help in making the show possible. Learn more about the 2016 event at www.commontreadsmag.com.