Owner-operator Robert Budzik and his mother bought this 2003 Kenworth T2000 a few years after his father passed away, he says. He’d urged her to go that route after she’d been driving for a company for a time, not how she and Budzik’s father operated from the time they took him out trucking for a first haul at the wee age of 3 or so — “that’d be around 1996-’97,” he adds.
Eight months or so after the “T-2-ugly,” as Budzik jokingly refers to the aerodynamic model series, was purchased, cancer took his mom’s life. He’ll never let this truck go, the owner-operator says, in part for that reason. Otherwise, he’s sure mom would be proud of what her son’s done to transform the “T-2-ugliness,” as he notes in the video up top, where you can hear Budzik tell more of his story.