I really loved those early Trucks, it really was something quite special back then when there really wasn't much else to compare to it. I didn't make the very first one but started going from Truck 2 in 99 I think, the first year it became a two day festival. I remember my first one was a fiver in for the weekend and it was so sparsely attended that you could pitch your tent right next to your car. which was a bonus. It became essential every year for a few years after, even though it was just bands I'd never heard of from Oxford and you knew you'd be watching the same few acts every year (Rock of Travolta, Meanwhile Back in Communist Russia, Samurai Seven, Southsea Company Prospectus, Seafood, Smilex etc). As it grew and started bringing in acts from further afield there was loads of cracking stuff on (mclusky, The Early Years, Battles, Altern-8 and loads more), and I'd always come away from the Barn on a Sunday with a new favourite band afterwards..
It was always interesting watching it grow over those first few years as new stages got addded etc, and I shed a tear when they moved from the old security guys (two fellas who sat on a sofa all weekend in the chill out tent chain smoking spliffs for the entire weekend) to using an actual proper security company and it certainly marked the end of an era as it transcended into being a 'proper' festival.
It was about 2008, with the Lemonheads headlining, that I decided it had changed too much and was no longer for me. For a start there was now hundreds of other alternative festivals which hadn't existed 10 years previous, and at £70 or so it was no longer so cheap it was an automatic decision to go. I did go again twice after that though - once in 2011 when it moved to 3 days with the big expansion that sent them under because I won some tickets, and again the following year once it had been resurrected under new management and scaled back down to two days because I got a guest list with FOTL. I still had fun but it's a completely different beast now to those early ones which I loved, and I doubt I'd ever go back again.It's always been quite a young festival (in those early years it was a safe first festival for people living around the area to send their kids to without the parents being there), and I'm now way too old to go now.