Norfolkan’s truck sparkles with Christmas spirit

December 23, 2018

If Santa’s sleigh breaks down on Christmas Eve, he could always borrow Andy Clark’s truck.

He might even talk the Norfolk man into driving and helping deliver all of those gifts.

With his white beard, Clark looks a bit like the guy from the North Pole who brightens the lives of children around the world on Christmas morning.

And Clark’s truck is bright enough to outshine the average sleigh pulled by reindeer.

Adorned with lights, beads, garland, Christmas balls and snowflakes, as well as a plastic snowman and even Rudolph and Santa, the truck is one big rolling Christmas decoration.

And it jingles when it moves, too.

“I didn’t want to be silly and decorate my house, so I did the truck instead,” Clark said with a laugh.

When he started the effort, he didn’t really intend to put so many baubles on his Ford truck that turns 40 next year, he said.

“I did one thing, then another idea popped into my head,” he said.

Most of the time, Clark works for an irrigation company. He’s not working now, which gave him time to glue the hooks on the Christmas balls before wiring them to the perimeter of the truck, attach the snowflakes, string the beads and garland and mount the lighted figures on the back.

So far, he’s gotten “good reviews,” he said.

In fact, he and his truck caused a bit of a ruckus recently when he drove past a school and was spotted by children playing outside, he said.

With so many baubles, it’s a wonder Clark can drive his rolling decoration on the highway. But he has — with only minor mishaps.

On a recent trip, he lost a couple of Christmas balls, which splattered when they fell and may have hit other cars on the road, he said.

“They were caught ... in Christmas ball shrapnel,” he said with a chuckle.

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