The give and take. The yin and yang. No matter what you call it, it’s crucial in all parts of our life to keep the balance right. In our C10 community, we are so lucky to have that balance. We have the trucks, the aftermarket support, truck shows, and most importantly, the community. So where do YOU come in? What can you do?
Honestly, there are so many things you can do! First up, if you haven’t yet, buy a truck! (I realize they aren’t as cheap as they used to be—but what is?!) Even if it’s a project or a fixer-upper, you will have fun working on the truck and have plenty of aftermarket support.
Another great way to “give” is to befriend someone who is trying to get into the scene. Maybe they are new to the C10 Nation and have questions, or maybe they have an idea that they would like to bounce off someone. If you have a buddy or two in the middle of a project, you might be able to lend a hand—even if you’re not a master mechanic, they will appreciate the help and, you never know, you might learn something along the way!
What else can you do? You can hit up a local cars and coffee or meet-up and show off your truck. After that, you can hit up a bigger truck show, maybe a C10-specific show. Meet-ups are a great way to meet new people and connect, but they can also be very motivating. If you go to a bigger show, you’ll see some very motivating builds and some vendors that have some really amazing parts and upgrades for our trucks.
OK, who are the takers? Well, in this case, I am not really sure that many are out there. Let’s take a look at the guy who pulls the old truck out of the field and gets it back into the mainstream for someone to buy. Now we have the truck available to rebuild and bring back to life—so, in all honestly, he is sort of a giver, too. Even though he might be making a little scratch, that’s OK! He just saved a truck!
How about the venders and the aftermarket? They are in business to make money, but a lot of these vendors are creating, designing, and engineering some of the latest and greatest parts for our trucks. So, I would challenge them to keep making great parts that support our builds and keep going to shows and events. Being able to go to a truck show and talk with a vendor is truly invaluable. Ironically, the flip side is that the vendors gain so much knowledge from talking with customers and prospective customers. It’s beneficial to both.
The bottom line is that it takes a village, and the C10 community is one of the biggest classic vehicle villages around! Think about that. You are part of a community with more aftermarket support now then when these trucks were new—not to mention more truck shows and gatherings than ever before!
So keep loving them, building them, and cruising them. Ultimately making friends and memories along the way is giving back to the scene, the community, the C10 NATION!