A Happy New Year to you on this final week of 2020! As promised in Channel 19 last week, find above a video of some of the details of longtime owner-operator Germann Soeth’s back-up power unit.
He’d been slowing restoring the rig from scrap since purchasing it from a local yard near his Frederick, Maryland, home base a few years ago, he told me in October. Soeth had mentioned the cabover when I first met him in 2019 at That’s a Big 10-4 on D.C. in the nation’s capital. Regular readers will recall his long-running conventional Kenworth W900 from my coverage of it and his one-truck business from that time. This October, he didn’t have the W9 out on the National Mall because it had suffered a breakdown that he details in the video.
Luckily, he was but a couple weeks and some suspension work away from getting the small-block 350 Cummins-powered cabover in shape to pull its first loads since being left for scrap.
A few more views:
A personal thank-you to all who reached out directly in the wake of the downtown Nashville bombing, which woke pretty much everyone in my neighborhood here, no doubt. Being a couple miles away, we were shielded from immediate impacts, though the blast’s downing of AT&T’s communications infrastructure had impacts far and wide, as any of you traveling through the region this past weekend may have found.
Some in the trucking community saw more direct impacts — my TruckersNews.com colleague Davis Hollis penned a story yesterday in part about a Nashville downtown resident and Eaton Corp. rep who lost quite a lot in the blast. Summit Truck Group sales director Patrick Mendenhall has organized an online fund-raiser to help.