The video above is a look into the 2009 Kenworth W900 of Engbarth Trucking, the now one-truck operation of Erick Engbarth following his father’s recent retirement. I caught up with Engbarth at Brad Wike’s Southern Classic last weekend, a sort of accidental catching up, as it were, as we were several minutes into conversation before the owner-operator prompted a recollection that, well, we’d talked before — almost seven years ago. Back then Engbarth was hauling direct-ship freight on both ends and to a certain extent that work continues for him, as he explains in the video.
Though he and his father were trucks 1 and 2 at that time, following John Engbarth’s retirement the next generation is coming up quick. At the Southern Classic show, Erick was joined by his 18-year-old son Jacob, who showed the pristine 1953 Case DC farm tractor you’ll see in the following photos. Jacob says he always wanted to be a truck driver when he came of age, though he’s lately taken courses in welding and more at a local college and works in a metal fabrication shop near Lincolnton, N.C., where the Engbarths live.
As for the Case unit, it’s been in the family going back to Jacob’s great-grandfather, who bought it new. Hear more about its history in the video.