Roadside Attractions

Overdrive Staff | January 01, 2012

East Bernstadt, Ky., resident Robby Gaines bought this 1981 Kenworth W900A from a former boss after hauling refrigerated loads with it for years. Gaines, a member of the American Truck Historical Society’s Bluegrass Chapter, retired the truck after it topped 2.8 million miles, but it’s become a fixture at antique shows since. It’s equipped with a 340-hp Caterpillar and a 9-speed transmission.

Pet Peeve

James Regalado of Thonotosassa, Fla., drives this 2007 Kenworth W900L for Wurth Brothers Inc. With a 13-speed transmission and a 500-hp Cummins, it hauls electronics, oversize machinery and building kits.


Fine 389

This 2012 Peterbilt 389, owned by Valley Transportation and driven by Grand Meadow, Minn., resident Trever TerMaat, hauls oversize farm and construction machinery in the Midwest. It’s powered by a 500-hp Cummins and 18-speed transmission.

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“According to FMCSA stats, there are approximately 0.0046 deaths per 100 million miles of vehicle travel as a result of tired truck drivers. About 1/6 of those involved a tired trucker who was in hours violation. And that’s good reason to force putting $5,200 EOBRs in every truck, yet allow kids to continue down the highway texting away? Do the math. We’re being eliminated by Big Trucking interests. This isn’t even remotely about safety.”

— Webb Kline, owner of Pennsylvania-based Cream of the CropTransport, at, about the DOT’s ban of handheld cell phone use while driving


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