I've been here before of course, getting a bit excitable over Ford F150 Raptors. On this trip, I even went into a Ford dealership to kick the tyres of one and was shocked to find out they sell for as much as $20,000 over list. That's an $85,000 truck. Even Americans might struggle to justify that.
But here I am again, pondering the merits of quite possibly looking a bit of an idiot driving an American pick-up truck here in the UK. Seeing all those old survivors in Arizona has me in more of a retro frame of mind this time, though. Maybe it's the jet lag skewing my judgement but this flathead V8 'rat rod' caught my eye for its sheer outrageousness. Six-shooter gear shifter anyone? I have to say, part of me really, really likes it. But I fear it's the automotive equivalent of a hipster beard and sleeve tattoo. Indeed, would I actually be allowed to drive it without such personal grooming additions? Probably not. And the novelty of both might wear off.
The 1950s offer a rich seam of Ford and Chevrolet trucks, their combination of utilitarian appeal and flamboyant 50s styling rather appealing to my eye. They're obviously popular for the custom crowd too but (see above) fashions change and many of the modded ones seem to be slammed on massive polished wheels and a bit too modernised for my taste.