Produced in Cortland, NY from 1912 to 1977, Brockway trucks were not a common sight on western highways. This 1970 Brockway 361, owned by Hugh and Judy Riehlman of Homer, NY was originally purchased by Suit-Kote of Cortland, NY. For thirty years the truck worked hard in the asphalt business, but when the company was ready to retire the Brockway, Hugh was ready to buy it and restore it. Equipped with a Cummins 250 engine and a 13-speed transmission, the truck now tours area shows, usually hauling a load of old tractors. However, the truck’s cargo in this picture, a doctor’s buggy, is also a Brockway. Before relocating to Cortland as a truck manufacturer, Brockway Motor Company was founded in 1875 by William Brockway as Brockway Carriage Works in Homer, NY. His son George turned from building carriages to producing trucks in 1909 and then moved the operation to Cortland in 1912. Business was good for decades, and in 1956 Brockway was purchased by Mack Trucks. It remained a division of Mack until it closed in 1977. Now, every summer, the city of Cortland celebrates Brockway with a show and employees’ reunion. These two Brockways were photographed at one of those shows, along with Miss Cortland, who can be seen here riding inside the buggy. To see more “weird and wonderful old trucks” visit www.oldtimetrucks.org today.
John & Shirley Sponholtz have been involved with old trucks for over 20 years. Shirley was editor at Wheels of Time for 12 years before going out on her own and starting Old Time Trucks magazine in 2004. John is an avid photographer who enjoys taking pictures of odd and/or rare trucks (he provides most of the pictures for this article and their magazine). John & Shirley, who are from Richmond, Indiana, have been regular contributors to 10-4 Magazine since 2006.