Exton, PA-based Wolfington Body Co. is celebrating its 125th birthday this year. A bus body builder from 1921-'32, the firm was founded by British immigrant Alexander J. Wolfington in 1875 as a buggy maker. Today, his great grandson, Richard Wolfington, serves as company president and the firm is one of the largest school-bus dealers in the country. Pictured here is a restored '98 1898, that is Wolfington Brougham beside a new International bus.
Keep an eye out for Fuji Photo Film's FinePix “Picture of America” Tour, made possible by Paul Arpin Van Lines, Mobility Resource Associates (MRA), and Trailer Technologies. MRA designed the 43-ft. trailer that displays Fuji's digital cameras. Both sides of the trailer expand outward (36 7 ft.) to create a 1,000-sq.-ft. interior. The Trailer Technologies trailer is also packed with Gateway computers and Phillips flat-screen TVs to create dramatic digital photo displays. An International Eagle tractor, driven by husband-and-wife team Bob and Sue Manning, leased from Paul Arpin's logistics division, pulls the trailer. The tour is slated to visit 40 cities. year.
Not anyone's father's Oldsmobile
This very full-size station wagon was spotted outside the Hillsdale County Store near Washington, VA. We are not really sure what the builder was attempting to convey with this design, but the old saw about the devil and idle hands does come to mind. Maybe it just is truly the last word in Olds Vista Cruisers.
Racing to the clouds
Bruce Canepa expertly drove the Kenworth T2000/CFI “Red Racer Peak Performer” to a record time of 13 minutes, 59.6 seconds in the highway class/big rig division of the 79th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb near Colorado Springs, CO, on July 2.
That performance shattered Canepa's own record of 14 minutes, 34.41 seconds, which he set on the grueling 12.42-mile mountain course just last year. This time out, Canepa averaged 53.2 mph while running up an average 7% grade from the starting-line elevation of 9,390 ft. to 14,110 ft. at the summit. And he clocked 90 mph as he passed the course's major radar checkpoint.
“Driving a big rig up a mountain road is certainly one of the most challenging things I've done in my racing career,” said Canepa, who finished third in the 1979 24 Hours of Daytona with teammates Rick Mears and Monte Shelton.
LETTER OF THE MONTH
Your article (see Under 8, pg. 52, 5/01) hits home… We also felt that area technical colleges could use our help…Most of our active members are mid-level management personnel involved directly with the trucking industry…our major goal is to bring advanced technical knowledge to the field. We meet monthly, September through May, and our membership is approximately 135… We are about to entertain our 7th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing. In the previous six, we have been able to provide tuition assistance to over 30 technical college students. We know our support is working. The number of applicants for the diesel technician program has gown considerably. Today's youth are quick to see that if there is outside assistance available, there are jobs waiting… This year's outing will attempt to bring tuition assistance to 16 students and also allow our council to provide one or two tool boxes that can be shared at the school by students.
— Jim Baeten, Wisconsin Fleet Maintenance Council
scholarship committee chairman and general manager of
Packer City International Trucks, Shawano, WI
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