Hard-Working Beauties


Fred M. Pompeo of East Bridgewater, Mass., has dressed up his 2001 Kenworth W900L to make it live up to its name – “She’s a Keepa!” – which graces the rear window. The rig features a 550-hp Caterpillar, 18-speed Roadranger, four train horns, LED millennium lights and lots of walnut and chrome in the cab. Pompeo uses his “Keepa” to move gravel.


John Mahnken uses his 1998 Western Star to haul precast concrete, grain and bag seed, but the rig has also participated in a parade in his hometown of Green Ridge, Mo. The rig features a 500-hp Detroit engine with 13-speed transmission and 3.70 rears. Mahnken has been a trucker for 32 years.

Rig: 2002 Peterbilt 379
Engine: 550-hp Cat
Owner: Bill Hatcher
Freight: Wal-Mart returns

Rig: 1985 Peterbilt 359
Engine: 400-hp Cummins
Owner: Jimmy and Tracy Chance
Freight: Sod grass and reefer

Rig: 1999 Peterbilt 379 extended hood
Engine: 475-hp Cat
Owner: Lewis and Martha Martin
Freight: Bulk commodities

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