Among the custom touches on Steven “Buck” Landry’s 2004 Peterbilt was a copy of the famous angry-duck hood ornament on Rubber Duck’s Mack in the 1978 movie “Convoy.”
While participating in Overdrive’s Pride & Polish at the 2007 Great American Trucking Show, Landry said his duck was cast from the original mold by Billings Artworks, which also makes trophies for the Grammys. Other custom touches were ape-hanger two-stick shifters, wheel spikes and special brackets for drive-tire fenders that allowed them to be “rolled forward like a custom chopper,” Landry said at the time. The truck was featured in the 2008 Pride & Polish calendar.
Paul Hartley photographed the Pete, “Southern Pacific,” next to Reno’s Chop Shop Saloon in Dallas. The angry duck might’ve calmed down if he could’ve dropped in for a beer with other misfits inside Reno’s. The Dallas Observer wrote that the bar in the Deep Ellum entertainment district is popular with “bikers, greasers, metalheads and punks.”
Deep Ellum is one of the state’s largest music venue areas. Between the 1920s and the 1950s, it hosted many blues and jazz artists, including Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Bessie Smith.