The trucking industry doesn’t hide its pride for America’s military, and that is evidenced by the number of trucks on the road that sport American- and military-themed graphics.
With Veterans Day being this Saturday, Nov. 11, here’s a look at some military- and patriotic-themed trucks to ring in the day set aside for honoring those who’ve served the country.
First up is a 1988 Freightliner FLT86 cabover that was on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March, owned by Ed Harwell, a U.S. Army veteran. The truck represents “what you might see in a war veteran,” says Harwell, a vice president with J.B. Hunt.
One of the more unique trucks at this year’s Great American Trucking Show was Brad Hartwick’s 1978 Kenworth W900A that he transformed into a hot rod. “The Patriot” features American flag graphics on the front end of the rig, the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and more.
Owner-operator Grant Maxey’s 1988 Heil tanker is painted as a rolling tribute to military veterans. It features American flag graphics, a depiction of a battleship and more.
Earlier this year, Mack Trucks unveiled its Jack Mack monster custom pickup truck, which features American eagle and flag graphics. The pickup is made from a Mack Granite and is strictly for show. The truck sports an 800-hp, 800-cubic-inch MP8 engine that produces 2800 ft.-lb. of torque.
Chuck Timbrook’s Black Out 1999 Freightliner Classic added new features this year in a rear memorial box and new flags.
Owner-operator Sean McEndree’s “Band of Brothers” 2006 Peterbilt 379 pays tribute to those who have received a Purple Heart while in the service. DB Kustom Trucks built the truck from the frame up. Everything on the truck, inside and out, was rebuilt.
From July 2014 through September 2015, Cauley reported conducting 39 Level 1 inspections on Cruz and Sons trucks, all of which were given a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspection decal for a clean inspection. Cruz reportedly paid Cauley at least $4,000 for the clean inspections