— Gordon Klemp, principal of the National Transportation
Institute, which surveys fleets to produce the quarterly National Survey of Driver Wages. Most carriers last year said they expected to raise pay and more had begun offering bonuses.
Caleb Eilers of Odessa, Texas, bought this 2000 Peterbilt 379 in 2006 and has repainted it and added chrome and wood accents. Eilers hauls oil field equipment with the Pete, which is powered by a 550-hp Caterpillar. He says the truck is dedicated to his dad, who died in 2006 “He drove for 25 years and always enjoyed having a nice truck,” Eilers says.
This 1990 Peterbilt 379 hauls aggregate products and heavy equipment for construction and logging companies in Washington. Owner Jimmy Severson says the truck’s name came from a friend who said it looked like Captain America. The truck is powered by a 450-hp Caterpillar.
Stuart Lowen of Quincy, Calif., owns this 1996 Kenworth W900L, which he uses to haul logs. The truck, equipped with a 550-hp Caterpillar, has an 18-in. custom bumper, custom cut lights, painted emblems, flattop stacks and many other modifications. n