In 1972, the United States Truck Historical Society and the
American Truck Historical Society joined to form the “new” ATHS.
Following the merger, the American Trucking Association officially
recognized ATHS as the “duly authorized organization founded to record and
develop trucking industry historical data.”
A headquarters was established in Dearborn Heights,
Michigan, and the society began printing a newsletter. As membership grew,
the newsletter became a magazine and in 1980, the magazine became
known as the
Wheels of Time.
Mr. Harris Saunders, Sr. (Saunders Truck Leasing) was
elected president of the organization in 1977. During his time as
President, the Society relocated the headquarters to Birmingham, Alabama.
Mr. Saunders hired his daughter, Mrs. Zoe S. James, to oversee the
library, archives, and membership.
This was a period of rapid growth for the Society and
membership increased from 350 in 1977 to 1,000 in 1980 and 9,000 in 1990.
Our current membership is nearly 21,000.