Gettin’ Down at Dino’s Git Down 2020
Dino’s Git Down is the brainchild of Dino Battilana, who not only is a Chevy truck fan to the core but has also built some of the raddest C10s in the scene. Ten years ago, Dino decided to host a gathering with some of his truck buddies in Phoenix. It became a yearly occurrence and only took a few years before the parking lot and surrounding streets where his business is located became too small to accommodate the growing interest.
The location has moved a handful of times, but Dino’s Git Down has always remained in the Phoenix area and held in mid-November. It looks like Dino has found a solid home for the Git Down at the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, as it has been the host venue for the past two years and allows ample space for the show to continue to grow. Dino’s Git Down presented by LMC Truck is now the preeminent “truck show” in the country and still maintains its laid-back vibe. There are no entry fees, no awards given, and until 2020 it was only a one-day Friday event. For the 10th anniversary event this year, Dino and his crew kept the GM truck-only theme for Friday but allowed all GM-produced vehicles in on Saturday.
Truck enthusiasts from all over the country flock to Arizona in November to be a part of Dino’s Git Down. Organized caravans from Ohio, Texas, Washington, Florida and more roll out and get larger as they get closer to Arizona picking up more trucks along the way. We’d estimate nearly 2,000 GM trucks ranging from 1947-1998 made the trek in 2020, which speaks volumes given the COVID pandemic we’re all facing.
Speaking of COVID and this crazy 2020 year we’ve experienced, we have to give credit to Dino, his staff, and all those in attendance for properly following guidelines set in place by the local Arizona state and county officials for this event to happen. We’re learning what we do this year will affect what we do in the coming years, so face masks were required throughout the entire show and Dino’s “Mask Up in order to Git Down” slogan for 2020 was a catchy way to enforce the ordinance.
Dino’s Git Down not only brings out tons of cool trucks, but it has become a popular event for manufacturers to set up vendor booths. The midway was hoppin’ in 2020 with everything from 10×10 EZ Up displays, to full-on big rig semi booths. Add in the wide array of restaurants located at the Westgate Entertainment District, friends from all over the country, and a common love for classic trucks, and Dino’s 10th annual Git Down event was a much-needed weekend in this crazy 2020 year we’re living.
We’re not sure how, but we are certain Dino and his crew will find a new way to up the ante in 2021. Until then, check out this jam-packed gallery of images from the 2020 Dino’s Git Down!
2020 Dino’s Git Down Photo Extra!
Photos by Terry Lysak