Custom Rigs

Ricky ‘Rude’ Proffitt holds on to win Bandit Big Rig Series championship

A nearly perfect weekend for Tommy Boileau, and what Proffitt calls his “worst weekend race-wise of the year,” ended with Proffitt barely holding on to his points lead to claim the championship.

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You can’t hide them lyin’ eyes

George's dalliance with aftermarket parts -- for a different truck! "It became evident I was going to have to confront him.... He was cheating. He was looking at aftermarket parts for a Peterbilt."

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Jim Oldland’s 2001 Peterbilt 379

The truck, along with the rest of Oldland's 25-rig fleet, is used to haul refrigerated LTL freight.

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Nick Harder’s 2014 Volvo

Harder hauls a variety of freight in Canada and the U.S., but mostly he hauls turnpike doubles in Alberta with some loads up to 140,000 pounds.

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Checking in with Ben Cadle and a recent fleet addition: The ‘Joy Ride 3’ 1982 Freightliner cabover

Video: Take a run through small fleet owner Ben Cadle's new flagship 1982 cabover, as seen at GATS this year as well as at the Southern Classic Truck Show in N.C. He hauls about a load a week in it today, he says, after spending a year and a half or more turning it into this custom gem.

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Bandit truck racing season finale set for Saturday

The Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Series will wrap up its inaugural season this Saturday, Oct. 28, at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Ga., where it will crown its first champion.

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Rob and Jenni Kebler’s 2017 International LoneStar

The truck features a 475-horsepower Cummins ISX15 with an Eaton 13-speed. The couple mainly hauls air freight across the U.S.

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2017 GATS Best of Show, Working Combo: Two circles, five awards

The rehab project on the '96 Kenworth W900, originally painted blue, included rebuilding the engine, adding a new transmission, cutting and stretching the frame, doing the paint job and more.

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2017 GATS Best of Show, Builders Class: Puzzle comes together for autism theme

Of the nearly 2,000 puzzle pieces on the custom-built rig, some are welded into the cab floor and the deck plate, as well as on the wheels. He says more than 600 man-hours went into the welding of the floor and deck plate alone.

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Brent Wilson’s 1999 Freightliner Classic and 2012 Mac dump

It's powered by a 12.7-liter Detroit that puts out 600 horsepower with a 10-speed and 3:90 rears. The rig was originally red, but the turbo exploded in 2012, causing an oil fire. Wilson decided to paint it metallic gray to match his 1987 Chevrolet pickup truck.

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