Custom Rigs

New Bandit big rig racing circuit hits tracks next month, offers $50k per race

A new racing series featuring Class 8 trucks in oval track races starts its first full season next month in North Carolina. The Bandit Big Rig Series, which offers a total purse of $50,000 at each event, will host 13 races this season, culminating in a finale in late October in Cordele, Ga.

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Carl Hubbard’s 1996 Western Star 4964F

Carl Hubbard's "Ol' Blackie" is a 1996 Western Star 4964F Heritage that features a 66-inch sleeper and a 260-inch wheelbase. In 2005, Hubbard says the truck was a total loss, but he rebuilt the truck from the ground up over a seven-month period.

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Rare 1921 White restored, readied to run after 55 years in the garage

Bob Burg restored the truck in his garage in December and January. While doing so, he found a manufacture number on the truck’s frame, which he used to trace the truck back to an October 1921 manufacture date via White’s online truck registry.

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Mark Franzoy’s 1992 Peterbilt 379 and matching Wilson flatbed

The truck is powered by a 450-horsepower Series 60 Detroit with an Eaton-Fuller 13-speed and 3:55 rears and is used to haul farm products in and around Deming, N.M.

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Jeff and Vickie Wiley’s 1985 Kenworth K100

Jeff and Vickie Wiley, owners of J.A. Wiley Trucking out of Martinsburg, W.V., own this 1985 Kenworth K100 Aerodyne Liberty Edition, which they use to haul mostly military equipment, refrigeration units, construction equipment, pipe and steel

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Braydon Rice’s 1989 Peterbilt 379EXHD

The owner of Braydon Rice Trucking, Rice hauls building materials, steel and palletized freight back and forth between Maine and Virginia.

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Johnie Waddle’s 2000 Peterbilt 379

This 2000 Peterbilt 379 is owned by Johnie Waddle and used mainly to haul tankers and occasionally flatbed freight in the Midwest.

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Chris and Ruth Smith’s 2017 Pete 579

The couple hauls loads ranging from museum artifacts and fine art to IT servers and hospital equipment such as MRI scanners and X-ray machines.

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Robert Hill’s 2015 Kenworth T660

The truck is powered by a Paccar MX-13 with 455 horsepower, a 13-speed transmission and 3:25 rears.

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Kevin Parker’s 2016 Peterbilt 389

Sitting on a 275-inch wheelbase, the truck features a diamond-plated deck plate, a Texas-style bumper and custom tarp boxes.

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