As a young boy I had a fascination with dump trucks. I think the main reason for that was the toy dump truck I was given as a gift for my sixth birthday.

It was similar to this one:

I played with it all the time. It was big. Powerful. It was the alpha vehicle among my other toy cars.

I don’t fancy dump trucks the same way these days. There is nothing glitzy or glamorous about them. They’re industrial and get the job done. That is all.

A good, solid dump truck manufactured in the last five or six years, I discovered, will likely cost you $100K or more. You can, however, find ones produced 20 some years ago for less than $50K.

Locally, in case you wondered, Towing Service Westminster, CO, has one for sale in front of its place of business in the Denver suburb. I can’t tell you how much it is, but it looks pretty nice and fairly new.

Nonetheless, there are many different brands, models, and functions of dump trucks. And, despite not being glamorous, they’re still quite fun to look at.

So let’s do that!

This one lifts its front tires to dump.

This one weighs more than 844,000 pounds.

You wouldn't want to get run over by this one.

A small U.S. Navy dump truck, and apparently a favorite of the ladies.

Believe it or not, the tow truck was invented in 1916 by Ernest Holmes, Sr. in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chattanooga just happens to be the home of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum has on display restored antique wreckers, photos, tools, equipment and more.

Holmes’ inspiration came from needing blocks, ropes and a half dozen able-bodied men to pull an automobile out of a creek. He later improved his tow truck design and manufactured and sold them commercially.

I must say that I had no idea about Holmes or that there was a towing and recovery hall of fame and museum. Suddenly, I have a new bullet point on my bucket list.

Though it sounds a tad funny … a hall of fame for towing folks ... it makes sense. People can be nominated for equipment and product innovation, exemplary dedication, industry leadership, and professional achievement.

I’m thinking about nominating Don from Tow Truck Company Englewood, CO for giving me a hand after my vehicle slid into a snowbank on a slippery winter day a few years back. He was very friendly, professional and prompt – and this was 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night in terrible weather conditions.

Sadly, the museum also features a Wall of the Fallen, a memorial to tow truck operators killed in the line of duty.

Depending on your need, different tow trucks can handle different towing jobs, such as recovery vehicles from ditches or embankments, reposing or moving illegally parked cars, and flatbed towing for longer distances and safer transportation.

Onto the photos of tow trucks of all models, types and eras. What’s your favorite?

A 1986 Chevy Silverado. Never seen anything like it.

A Ford T-Series from the 1960s.

A flatbed tow truck.

A vintage folded tow truck.

A tow truck in Malaysia used for illegally parked vehicles.

A Russian repossession tow truck.

Last, and certainly not least, a 1946 Bedford tow truck.

I must confess, I’m a major vintage pickup truck lover. My favorite was the Studebaker. Sometimes it feels like I was neglected one of life’s great pleasures by not being alive when Studebakers were at their peak of popularity in the 1950s and 60s.

Believe it or not, the Studebaker company was found in 1852 – obviously long before automobiles were around. The company manufactured wagons for farmers, military and miners until it entered the auto business in the early 1900s.

Studebaker was based in South Bend, Indiana, and its trucks’ blue collar features represented where they were produced – always quality, always reliable, never fancy. Studebaker’s just got the job done – whether it be for towing, hauling, off-roading, farm work, and more.

My favorite Studebakers are from their E-series, which were produced between 1955-1964. My artsy side is smitten with the script STUDEBAKER font on the rear.

Over the decade, these pickup trucks didn’t change a lot due to Studebaker’s financial troubles at the time. Studebaker ceased automobile production in 1966, yet, its classic trucks can still be seen every now and then to this day.

I wish I had the money and expertise to fix one up for myself.

Let’s take a look at a few of my personal favorite Studebakers.

This is a classic Studebaker from 1959. What a beauty!

The Studebaker's classic rear font. This model is from 1963 and near the end for Studebaker.

A pre E-series Studebaker model from 1954.

Known for their versatility and dependability, this 1952 Studebaker was used as a tow truck. A towing company in Centennial, CO, near my home, has a similar vintage model on display.

What's your favorite Studebaker truck? Hit me up here.

If I had more money, I'd have a whole fleet of pickup trucks -- vintage and new.

I'd also have a huge garage for them.

And a big swimming pool to chill out in after off-roading. Ha ha ha!

But really, if I had a few extra dollars to throw around, I'd buy one of these newer pickups on the market. It's my wish list for now. It may change tomorrow.

Onto the trucks!

2016 Chevy Silverado

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

2017 Honda Ridgeline

2017 GMC Canyon

2016 GMC Sierra Denali

What truck currently on the market do you fancy? Hit me up here with your favorites.

Hi and welcome to a directory of the best truck photos in the world ... on the web. LOL!

The goal of this site is to:

  1. Keep me busy. I'm not married, have no kids, and not much of a life. I need something to do.
  2. Fulfill my hunger for trucks and photography ... the perfect combination.
  3. Share with my friends and readers the very best truck pics from around the world ... and a few of my favorites.
  4. Find others like me who enjoy trucks and photography.

To get started, here's a personal favorite of mine ... an classic truck with the Rocky Mountain as a backdrop. Does it get any better.