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Truck a hit at Summer Showdown

Vincent Ball

By Vincent Ball, Brantford Expositor

Jonathan Schuit (left) of Brantford and Kristine Danton, organizer of Summer Showdown car and truck show, at the Simcoe fairgrounds on Sunday. VINCENT BALL/BRANTFORD EXPOSITOR

Jonathan Schuit (left) of Brantford and Kristine Danton, organizer of Summer Showdown car and truck show, at the Simcoe fairgrounds on Sunday. VINCENT BALL/BRANTFORD EXPOSITOR

SIMCOE - 

Jonathan Schuit has arguably the biggest, baddest, best looking truck in Brantford.

But don't expect to see him driving it up King George Road or down the Wayne Gretzky Parkway any time soon. Such sightings are rare.

“This used be my ride,” Schuit said. “But not anymore. Not since I've put all of this work into it.

“It would get too much attention and every time I went to the gas station or just about anywhere else I'd have to talk to everyone about it and I'd never get anything done.”

Instead, Schuit takes his truck, a modified Dodge Ram, to various car shows and on the weekend was in Simcoe for the annual Summer Showdown, a car and truck show that attracts gear heads from across Ontario and beyond.

The event attracted about 150 vehicles of various sizes from as far away as Alberta, but when asked about the most impressive vehicle in the show organizer Kristine Danton didn't hesitate, not even for a second.

For her, the monster truck was her hands-down favourite.

“It's awesome,” she said. “I went for a ride in it last year and wow.

“It was an incredible and yes, I'd have to say a bit scary.”

It's a powerful vehicle and it stands 22 inches off the ground. It's the kind of vehicle people would see in a Hollywood movie.

Schuit has taken it to car and truck shows in the United States -- Daytona Beach, Florida as well as the prestigious Sema Show in Las Vegas.

The Sema Show is billed as the premier automotive speciality products trade event in the world and last year attracted more than 70,000 domestic and international buyers. The show is a trade show, not an awards show.

However, the Daytona Beach event is a competition that attracts thousands of vehicles. Schuit earned a third place ribbon for his truck.

“I'd say I've got about $150,000 or so into this vehicle,” Schuit said of his truck.

Has he ever driven it in winter?

“Not a chance. Never,” Schuit said.

So, how is the truck on gas?

"Don't know," he said. "I don't ever even want to think about it."

vball@postmedia.com