On a wink and a paw
Surprisingly enough to us pooch people, not every trucker's best friend is a dog. At this year's Mid-America Trucking Show, many attending drivers proudly showed off the truck cats that keep them company on the road. This handsome fellow goes by the handle “Pee Wee” and rides shotgun with Shaun Flowers, a driver for Roady Trucking of Marysville, KS. “He's been with me for three years and goes everywhere I go — even rides on the dashboard,” said Flowers. “Best thing is, I don't have to stop and take him for a walk.”
Truett Novosad's white-and-blue 2001 Peterbilt beat out six other contestants to win the National Association of Show Trucks (NAST) Truck-Lite Trophy as overall champion for the group's 2007 season. The run-off competition, sponsored by Truck-Lite, pitted the champions of NAST's seven regional contests against each other at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville.
Gerald Kissinger of Stoughton, WI, and his red 1991 Mack Superliner and 2006 Great Dane trailer sporting an American flag mural took second place. Rick Hitchock of Webberville, MI, won third place with his white-and-red 2005 Peterbilt 379.
Talk about horsepower
The Kentucky Derby and the Churchill Downs track where the famous “Run for the Roses” occurs have named International the official truck of their respective organizations.
Under the two-year deal, a variety of International trucks, including the LoneStar Class 8 tractor, will be displayed at Churchill Downs throughout the week leading up to the 134th running of the Derby. The OEM will also provide water trucks to assist in grooming the track for Churchill Downs' spring and fall meets.
“We're proud to make International the official truck of the Kentucky Derby,” said David Johanneson, Navistar group vp. “The rich tradition of this great sporting event plus the proud heritage of the International brand make this a strong combination.”
“We appreciate Navistar's continued support for Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby,” said Jim Gates, Churchill Downs general manager. “Their products have been a great addition to our operation and are designed with the needs of the horse racing and breeding industry in mind.”
On the road again
Arrow Truck Sales has named Donald Turkelson of Battle Creek, MI, as the winner of its Back On The Road 2008 Contest, which aims to benefit a deserving owner-operator in need of a truck and a job.
On March 19, 2002, Turkelson was in a company drop lot when he was shot in the left leg by an attempted hijacker, taking him off the road for five years. The severely injured retired Army lieutenant colonel underwent surgery and since completing extensive physical therapy, has served as a truck-driving instructor at Lansing Community College.
“I'm honored to be chosen as the winner of Back On The Road,” said Turkelson. “For many years I've been unable to drive full-time and I'm looking forward to once again doing what I love — working full-time as a driver who is helping the American economy by delivering goods and services.”
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