custom rigs

The Mistress: ’04 Peterbilt and a 550-hp Cat

Owner-operator Robert Winkelman of Hermann, Mo., hauls logs and barrel staves from New Florence, Mo., to Lebanon, Ky., in this 2004 Peterbilt equipped with a 550-horsepower Caterpillar C15 motor and a 13-speed transmission.

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Passion for purple: Dispatcher Megan Folkes models with dad’s ’03 379

Megan Folkes, dispatcher at Gulf Logistics and Parish Transport in Ellisville, Miss., poses in this photo gallery with a 2003 Peterbilt 379 owned by her dad, Alton Folkes. Megan urged her owner-operator father to fix up a purple Pete, as that’s their favorite color.

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Wright On: Limestone hauling ’96 Pete 379

Bright Wright, a 23-year-old owner-operator of Montrose, Colo., hauls limestone to coal mines with his ’96 Pete 379. He bought the truck when he was just 19.

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Corvette of trucking: ‘Monterey Red’ 2012 Peterbilt 389

Skip Avara saw a maroon Corvette and couldn’t forget about it, so he decided to paint his 2012 Peterbilt 389 the custom color known as Monterey Red.

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Photo gallery: Pride & Polish champ Vinnie Diorio’s 2013 Pete showing at MATS

  Vinnie Diorio's 2013 Peterbilt 389, which won the 2013 Pride & Polish National Championship in the Limited-Mileage Combo category, was on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show this week. Overdrive reported on the truck a few times last year, as the truck won Best of Show in several Pride & Polish events around the country. Click here to see a write-up on the truck from October.

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Photo gallery: Custom ’07 Pete shows its stripes at MATS

The 2007 Peterbilt 379 below, on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show this week in Louisville, Ky., is owned by Dallas MCord.

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New vid: Mike Ryan jumps stunt Freightliner

The elaborately-shot video commandeered a Long Beach port terminal to make a gymkhana-style course and stage the resulting video, with plenty spectacular stunts and precision handling.

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Matty Marie: Farm equipment hauling 379

Strickland, who primarily hauls bins and farming equipment for the alfalfa seed industry, says he named his truck Matty Marie because "I name everything," he says.

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Showing off at GATS: Tina Comer and a classic custom Kenworth

David Schnautz’s 1981 Kenworth W900A serves as the backdrop for 2013 Overdrive’s Most Beautiful finalist Tina Comer, who hauls logs for Comer Trucking, owned with her husband, Robert.

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’70s fever: 1977 KW catches lots of highway attention

Owner-operator Rick Sousa of Portsmouth, R.I., hauls general commodities with his 1977 Kenworth W900A and says the paint job is popular with passers-by.

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