Photos: Patriotic rigs salute veterans

| November 10, 2017

Ed Harwell’s 1988 Freightliner FLT86 COE.

The trucking industry doesn’t hide its pride for America’s military, and that is evidenced by the number of trucks on the road that sport American- and military-themed graphics.

With Veterans Day being this Saturday, Nov. 11, here’s a look at some military- and patriotic-themed trucks to ring in the day set aside for honoring those who’ve served the country.

First up is a 1988 Freightliner FLT86 cabover that was on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March, owned by Ed Harwell, a U.S. Army veteran. The truck represents “what you might see in a war veteran,” says Harwell, a vice president with J.B. Hunt.

One of the more unique trucks at this year’s Great American Trucking Show was Brad Hartwick’s 1978 Kenworth W900A that he transformed into a hot rod. “The Patriot” features American flag graphics on the front end of the rig, the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and more.

Owner-operator Grant Maxey’s 1988 Heil tanker is painted as a rolling tribute to military veterans. It features American flag graphics, a depiction of a battleship and more.

Grant Maxey’s 1988 Heil tanker is a salute to military veterans.

The passenger-side depiction of a battleship on Maxey’s tank is meant to be the USS Arizona, now a memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Maxey has depicted it as an operational vessel.

Earlier this year, Mack Trucks unveiled its Jack Mack monster custom pickup truck, which features American eagle and flag graphics. The pickup is made from a Mack Granite and is strictly for show. The truck sports an 800-hp, 800-cubic-inch MP8 engine that produces 2800 ft.-lb. of torque.

Mack Trucks’ Jack Mack custom pickup.

Chuck Timbrook’s Black Out 1999 Freightliner Classic added new features this year in a rear memorial box and new flags.

Chuck Timbrook’s Black Out 1999 Freightliner Classic POW/MIA tribute truck.

A memorial box was added to the back of the truck this year.

Owner-operator Sean McEndree’s “Band of Brothers” 2006 Peterbilt 379 pays tribute to those who have received a Purple Heart while in the service. DB Kustom Trucks built the truck from the frame up. Everything on the truck, inside and out, was rebuilt.

Owner-operator Sean McEndree’s custom Purple Heart Peterbilt.

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