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Best Truck Pull Event in Canada

Notre-Dame-du-Nord Truck Rodeo

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Calling all truck drivers to The Best Truck Pull Ever

Grab some of your trucker comrades or buddies and go to the best truck pull/show in North America and it’s in Quebec  Canada …  (10-4)   This is not an advertisement, not a  paid endorsement, hell, I’m not even getting any brownie points.

Notre-Dame-du-Nord truck rodeo is calling us… Beg, borrow or steal an RV, and if all else fails, “Rent a MOTORHOME “ (RV).

I personally have been to this truck rodeo with a bunch of my trucker buds and did exactly that, rented a big RV motorhome, zoomed up to Notre-Dame-du-Nord truck rodeo.  And the address, you guessed it, is in the village of (Notre-Dame-du-Nord, QC. Canada). Park the RV, open the door, and there you are, parked in the most serene, peaceful part of our country, well until the truckers roll in.

This beautiful tucked-away village of Notre-Dame-du-Nord is on the top end of the Ottawa River and has hosted these semi-truck pulls as far back as I remember. It just gets bigger and better, not to mention all the large prize money that they give away to these silly truckers to do what they do. (Legal drag racing) Nothing finer.  Eh!


These silly truckers drag race their perfectly good and in some cases, brand new highway trucks up this big hill, that’s at least a 30 % slope/grade.  Now for you trucker want-a-bees, that’s an awful grade. Think about it. Two trucks standing side by side, just torquing up their engines. Black smoke just pouring from exhaust stacks, the frame just twisting as these two silly “BOOGERS” drag race up this hill, approx 700 ft, (213.36) meters, and these trucks are loaded with 45,000 tons of sticks/lumber… That’s a site of good, skillful driving.

SORRY, “It’s called a “TRUCK PULL”, not drag racing”?

THAT’S NOT FAR UP THAT HILL, YOU SAY? …… You tell your boss that you’re taking his brand new Peterbilt and drag race up a 12 % hill with fully loaded B Train, and he will tell you exactly how far that is, and how far you’ll be going looking for a new job … (10-4 … RUBBER DUCK).

When I learned about this event in Notre-Dame-du-Nord, I thought it would just be a fun getaway for the boys. It was a challenge to talk some of my trucker buddies into going and on their day off no less. But nobody ever regretted going that extra 6-hour drive from our home-20 and seeing this one-of-a-kind truck pull and show. It was worth it.

Spectators come from all over North America to see these guys.

I SAID, Yeah RIGHT ….. Two fully loaded trucks, drag race up this hill, this I have to see. There are going to be parts and pieces of drive shafts, engine parts flying everywhere. Maybe, I better take out a little more life insurance, just in case I get a little too close to the action, getting hit by flying truck parts, (debris).

But, I have to admit, watching these skillful drivers torque up these big trucks and watching their frames just twist. These drivers knew exactly how to drive them without even breaking anything. I was somewhat disappointed though, not even seeing a driveshaft falling off or something, anything that I could fix, but “NOTHING”. I did see a lot of skillful drivers behind the wheel though.

PLEASE, check out their website at this LINKtruck rodeo

Notre-Dame-du-Nord  Truck Rodeo …. “I will be back”.

What Is Tramp Art and Who Made Them

Depending on where you got your information on Collecting Tramp Art, some collectors say Tramps did not make these famous art pieces as believed. So, where did they come from?

At the end of the civil war and the major stock market crash of the 30s, there was an influx of talented, educated and just unemployed people riding the rails looking for work. Some say they produced this form of art during their lonely hours and days.

In my thinking, Tramps would be considered a modern-day homeless person.

Wikipedia says; Tramp means “walk with Heavy Foot.”

That would explain a lot about Tramps; they were known for rail hopping and did an awful lot of walking.

I tend to think in America, these people riding the rails to someplace, anyplace, did indeed, do some of these artistic carvings.

And why would you think they didn’t? They had the means, certainly the time to make these pieces of art, and especially during the thirties, there were many talented and unemployed people roaming the country.

So during their travels from here to there, they kept busy by carving out their art form. Supposedly they made these pieces from discarded items such as empty cigar boxes, wood crates, and I would assume anything they could use or find to pass the time, and they mostly carved these pieces out with a pocket/jackknife.

Tops cigar box

This is not saying other people didn’t pick up the trade. Anyway, whoever whittled or carved these items, such as jewelry boxes, tables, small and large home decorations, lamps, etc., out of discarded wood, are highly collectible today, no matter who made them. Quickly found cigar boxes in those days, and they were the most widely used for Tramp Art.

A few years back, I made up a draft on Tramp Art, and I thought I’d blow the dust off and freshen up my article. I found myself having to rewrite the whole thing, only because the beliefs have now changed on the origin of Tramp Art or maybe, … I’ve just changed my thinking and found more updated information?

Even though the tide has changed a little on the origins of Tramp Art, one thing is for sure. They are still a unique form of expression from hard-working individuals with a lot of time on their hands. (No two are alike).

But, if we assume tramps did play a part in Tramp Art, they certainly did have the time for such an endeavour. If you had no talent before making this art form, you would certainly learn how to do it. Staying busy during their sometimes long in-between jobs and dark, cold nights would make sense to me.

So through all reality, the word “Tramp” sounds like a negative, harsh word for an unfortunate group of people trying to stay active, busy, and alive through their hard times.

So whoever made these art pieces got quite creative and talented enough to even sell their carved goods/art for a bit of cash or food. Of course, these pieces weren’t considered an art form until the 1950s, but still quite different looking, even in those days.

In my estimation, Tramps or whoever made Tramp Art in their day was our first version of Recyclers, by using an old discarded material to create something new.

History of Tramps & Hobos

They both shared the same rail system, may be transferred to the same boxcar, and I’m sure they ran into each other everywhere.

They even shared the same code/language, but they supposedly were two different types of people, workers, and … none workers.

Tramp Art is part of our history and may be considered a dark period in North America and Europe. There always were, and always will be, poor, unfortunate people just trying to make everything work in their lives, so whatever the origin of Tramp Art, these unusual pieces of art are highly collectible today.

The recorded time period for “Tramp Art” was from 1870-1940, but most say that the depression period in America was the worst or the best time for these art pieces. Some also would put that period around the civil war.

Note: In 1940, the war was raging in Europe, and every able body was needed elsewhere, which must have broken the trend and or that period in time for Tramps and Tramp Art. But it did bring in a new period of ART, “TRENCH ART.”

(One of my following planned postings.) “TRENCH ART”

After saying all that about “Tramp Art,” and we all know if there is money to be made, then a person might suggest that any groups of people would try their hand at making “Tramp Art.”

And why not! In those depression years, everybody tried to make a few extra dollars, but these pieces of art would fall under the category of “Folk Art.” Remember, Tramp Art wasn’t recognized until after the Tramp Era, which was around (the 1940s), and most collectors agree that the art form was handmade by hard-working people.



I’m neither a collector of Tramp Art nor a fine arts and crafts professor, but I am interested in our history and, maybe, sell a few oddities along the way.

Google tramp art for an interesting read. “HOBO Art”

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