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Tonight on American Trucker — Gully Transportation’s antique trucks

| July 21, 2011

Gully Transportation will be featured on tonight’s edition of the American Trucker television show. The episode will air on the Speed Channel at 10 p.m. Eastern. The program will show the production of one of the Quincy, Ill.-based regional hauler’s newest trucks – a 2011 Freightliner Cascadia – in the manufacturer’s Cleveland, N.C., facility.

“My father started the business with just one truck in 1947,” says company vice president Michael Gully, “and in 1964 he purchased his first White Freightliner. As our business has grown, our relationship with Freightliner Trucks has grown. Not only do our drivers love the handling and comfort, but as a business, we appreciate the trucks’ efficiency and reliability.”

Although Gully  continues to add new vehicles to its fleet – most recently a combination of ten Cascadia and Coronados – what really interests Gully, and what brought American Trucker to the company, is his hobby of collecting truck memorabilia and restoring antique trucks.

Gully’s special interest trucks are Freightliners (pictured). He currently has about 11 antique Freightliner trucks in his collection, including that original White Freightliner that helped launch the business more than 50 years ago.

“I’ve always been fascinated by Freightliner trucks,” he says. “When I was younger, they were the ‘Cadillacs’ of our fleet, and we still consider the Freightliner product to be the best. The company has always been on the leading edge of process and product development, and we’re proud to be a partner.”

Tune in tonight to check the antique collection. Find past episodes on Truckers News’ special AT page.

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  • road captain

    How can anyone say Freightliner is the best? Maybe back in the day, the FLD 120 was an excellent ride in looks, comfort, albeit not well designed in interior storage. Freightliner in my opinion has gotten worse and worse in design, comfort, reliability and dependability. Constant electrical, water, and frame problems added with you cannot get all of your desired specs straight from factory is awful. I had looked at purchasing a new Classic extended hood with a laundry list of extras from Freightliner in Quincy, Il and even had a Freightliner factory rep involved. After spending a day overseeing specs, wants, needs, ect, I needed a truck ready to roll straight from factory to dealer and was informed that was not possible without an extra month after delivery for them to prep it. When I look at spending over $200,000 for a truck, I would expect a company to jump through hoops to get it done without delay or fuss. End of story, Kenworth jumped and hit it out of the park with a much nicer product and when comes time for trade, will be a much much nicer value.