Overdrive’s 2008 Pride & Polish calendar featured this restored 1967 Mack B-61 wreck, the first show truck for Philip Donaldson of U.S. Truck Parts.
A friend, Jeff Hardage, encouraged Donaldson to renovate the truck for the 2007 Pride & Polish at the Great American Trucking Show. It won the Antique Non-working category and Hardage’s truck won Best of Show Combination.
“Both our fathers were trucking together,” Donaldson said at the time, “and I owe Jeff’s dad for getting me into the parts business.” Harold Hardage and U.S. Truck Parts founder Vaughn Thompson exported used trucks and parts in the 1970s and 1980s.
Paul Hartley of ADD Media photographed the truck at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas’ Love Field airport. It’s next to a Lockheed T-33, a stretched training version of the P-80 fighter used heavily by the Air Force from the 1940s to the late 1960s.