Harley Heaven

| August 31, 2001

Two trucks pulled out of a Bordentown, N.J., Petro in May with a little heavier load than when they pulled in.

The third annual Bordentown Truck Beauty Show awarded two contestants Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

“It was a goal we wanted to get, and we did it,” says Mike Duffy, who took home a Harley Sportster 883 for winning best-of-show bobtail with his 1989 International 9300. “I was a little choked up up there. This is the hardest show we’ve ever been to; it’s one of the biggest.” Duffy and his wife, Liz, live in Belle River, Ontario.

Liz and Mike Duffy astride their new Harley, courtesy of the Bordentown Petro for winning best-of-show bobtail with their 1989 International.

Duffy is no stranger to Harleys. He already owns an Ultra Classic, which is worth about $45,000, compared to the Sportster, which goes for about $10,000, he says. Duffy also won first place in engine, bobtail lights, custom paint graphics/bobtail and company truck/bobtail.

Tom and Tammy Little won best-of-show combination for the Hawaiian-themed “Almost Paradise,” which also won last year. The truck is a 1999 Kenworth, but the show-stopper is the 1996 utility reefer, which is decked out with neon lights underneath, a waterfall in the back, coconut-smelling smoke seeping out of it and a volcano erupting from the top.

“We weren’t expecting to win,” Tom Little says.

While the Harley goes to the truck’s owners – Marv and Barb Knight – the Littles say getting to drive the truck down the road is reward enough for them. “We get to drive it on the road – that’s our bonus,” Tammy Little says. “People pull over and take pictures. We get all the compliments.”

The Littles put 175,000 miles on the truck last year, though the trailer is used only for occasional local hauls.

“We’re very happy,” says Marv Knight. The Knights’ “Almost Paradise” is part of the fleet for their company, 77 Express, based in Howard City, Mich.

The Knights came up with the tropical design for the tractor-trailer because “we’ve always kicked around the idea of going to Hawaii someday,” Marv Knight says. They may get that chance later this year, he says. A man in Hawaii saw “Almost Paradise” in a Truckers News article last year and “fell in love with it,” Knight says. He has invited them to visit him. “He’s not a truck driver or anything. His wife owns a souvenir shop, and he just loves trucks. He said he’d love to meet us. I guess it’s people coming together through the magazine.”

The waterfall at the back of the trailer is supplied by two 55-gallon drums that run water into a pond and then shoot the water back up through a recirculating pump, Knight explains. The volcano is a fireplace burner on top of the trailer, fed by a 20-pound propane canister with a remote control. A fog machine inside the trailer blows coconut-scented air out of tubes over the throngs of show-goers who continually examine the trailer. The mural shows a blue lagoon with an old ship on the water. A ship’s wheel is bolted to the side of the trailer.

“It’s a true company truck,” Knight says. “All the drivers support it by buying little knickknacks they find on the road.” The tractor-trailer also garnered first-place awards in combination lights, custom paint mural/combination, and combination 1995 or newer.

Knight tips his hat to the Littles. “They’re fantastic drivers. They put a lot of work into the truck, and they treat it like it’s their own.” He also plans to be back next time. “It’s just one of those shows we won’t miss anymore. They cater to the drivers, and the local community is involved a good deal.” The show is held at the Bordentown Petro at exit 7 off the New Jersey Turnpike.

Harley Heaven

| August 31, 2001

Two trucks pulled out of a Bordentown, N.J., Petro in May with a little heavier load than when they pulled in.

The third annual Bordentown Truck Beauty Show awarded two contestants Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

“It was a goal we wanted to get, and we did it,” says Mike Duffy, who took home a Harley Sportster 883 for winning best-of-show bobtail with his 1989 International 9300. “I was a little choked up up there. This is the hardest show we’ve ever been to; it’s one of the biggest.” Duffy and his wife, Liz, live in Belle River, Ontario.

Liz and Mike Duffy astride their new Harley, courtesy of the Bordentown Petro for winning best-of-show bobtail with their 1989 International.

Duffy is no stranger to Harleys. He already owns an Ultra Classic, which is worth about $45,000, compared to the Sportster, which goes for about $10,000, he says. Duffy also won first place in engine, bobtail lights, custom paint graphics/bobtail and company truck/bobtail.

Tom and Tammy Little won best-of-show combination for the Hawaiian-themed “Almost Paradise,” which also won last year. The truck is a 1999 Kenworth, but the show-stopper is the 1996 utility reefer, which is decked out with neon lights underneath, a waterfall in the back, coconut-smelling smoke seeping out of it and a volcano erupting from the top.

“We weren’t expecting to win,” Tom Little says.

While the Harley goes to the truck’s owners – Marv and Barb Knight – the Littles say getting to drive the truck down the road is reward enough for them. “We get to drive it on the road – that’s our bonus,” Tammy Little says. “People pull over and take pictures. We get all the compliments.”

The Littles put 175,000 miles on the truck last year, though the trailer is used only for occasional local hauls.

“We’re very happy,” says Marv Knight. The Knights’ “Almost Paradise” is part of the fleet for their company, 77 Express, based in Howard City, Mich.

The Knights came up with the tropical design for the tractor-trailer because “we’ve always kicked around the idea of going to Hawaii someday,” Marv Knight says. They may get that chance later this year, he says. A man in Hawaii saw “Almost Paradise” in a Truckers News article last year and “fell in love with it,” Knight says. He has invited them to visit him. “He’s not a truck driver or anything. His wife owns a souvenir shop, and he just loves trucks. He said he’d love to meet us. I guess it’s people coming together through the magazine.”

The waterfall at the back of the trailer is supplied by two 55-gallon drums that run water into a pond and then shoot the water back up through a recirculating pump, Knight explains. The volcano is a fireplace burner on top of the trailer, fed by a 20-pound propane canister with a remote control. A fog machine inside the trailer blows coconut-scented air out of tubes over the throngs of show-goers who continually examine the trailer. The mural shows a blue lagoon with an old ship on the water. A ship’s wheel is bolted to the side of the trailer.

“It’s a true company truck,” Knight says. “All the drivers support it by buying little knickknacks they find on the road.” The tractor-trailer also garnered first-place awards in combination lights, custom paint mural/combination, and combination 1995 or newer.

Knight tips his hat to the Littles. “They’re fantastic drivers. They put a lot of work into the truck, and they treat it like it’s their own.” He also plans to be back next time. “It’s just one of those shows we won’t miss anymore. They cater to the drivers, and the local community is involved a good deal.” The show is held at the Bordentown Petro at exit 7 off the New Jersey Turnpike.

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