In many ways, Nevada is still the land of Mark Twain’s Roughing It. For more than a century, we’ve been colliding with and transforming nature’s jagged spaces. Maybe that’s why Touch a Truck—the March 2 celebration of vehicular muscle at the Orleans that put Las Vegans behind the wheel of everything from fire engines to big rigs—quadrupled its 2012 online ticket sales and brought in $60,000 for its organizers, Family to Family Connection.
The visceral connection with the mighty truck is particularly strong in Las Vegas—a city where the foundations are still being laid (and are regularly re-laid). And in the wake of the Great Recession, as construction haltingly resumes its course (see: Echelon, reincarnation of), maybe we’re back in the mood to pay homage to the metal beasts that built this place.