Clarence Payton bought the 1993 Peterbilt 379 featured in the video above in 1995 when he started his small trucking company, 8 Second Express. The truck was on display for the first time at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville in March.
The company got its name from the 1994 Lane Frost film, “8 Seconds,” which his son, Johnny, was enthralled with. Johnny also rode bulls for about five years, so the company name fit with his hobby.
At the time, the truck was painted burnt orange. About six months ago Johnny had it painted hot pink pearl metallic with white pearl stripes.
Johnny’s daughter, Cassidy, is in line to take over the truck when she turns 18 in a couple years, and she helped him choose the unique color scheme.
“It’s something you don’t see every day, so we wanted to be different, and it turned out to be different,” Johnny says. [Cassidy] tells everybody it’s her truck, which she kind of helped, her and my wife, they picked the colors out.”
Johnny runs the truck now and has since he turned 18 about 20 years ago. Running out of Jeffersonville, Ohio, he hauls mulch, grain and gravel locally around the area for Garick.
The truck isn’t just used for work, however. When Johnny was in high school, he and his now-wife went to prom in the truck. This spring, Cassidy followed in her parents’ footsteps by showing up to prom in the big rig.
The truck sits on a 300-inch wheelbase and is powered by a 3406B Caterpillar. Over the last few years, the whole truck has been replaced from front to back, including the motor and transmission. The interior has also been redone with fiberglass floors, new upholstery, new dash and more.