This profile is part of a multi-part series profiling the seven Pride & Polish winners from the 2020 virtual Pride & Polish photo contest in August.
Matt Strottman ordered his 2020 Kenworth W900L as a glider in summer 2019 with a goal to “make it into something unique” and to try “to bring the outside in and the inside out” when it came to harmonizing the interior and exterior.
The 29-year-old owner-operator uses the truck to pull food-grade tankers, chemical tankers and van and reefer freight across the country. “We do a little bit of everything other than livestock,” he said.
Harrison Truck Centers in Waterloo, Iowa, put the truck together and did the paint job. The Signature 600 Cummins was built by Terry’s Truck & Trailer Repair in Dyersville, Iowa.
The interior was partly done by 2 Bee’s Upholstery in Maple Valley, Washington. They took all the interior out and installed Monster Energy-green buttons for the button tuck that includes headliner and door panels.
Strottman pulled out the dash, door panels and floor and made sure the interior colors were true black to match the exterior. He then put in an aluminum floor from Rockwood Products.
“We painted the floor with stripes to match the outside and used as much black as we could to bring the color inside,” he said.
The truck got its moniker, “Mama’s Money,” as sort of a joke since his mother is the owner of the fleet he’s leased to, Figanbaum Trucking. Strottman said he’s been driving for the fleet since he turned 21 and was able to get his hazmat endorsement.
“I never wanted to be outworked by anyone else,” he said. “I wanted to run the most miles and make the most money. I tried to prove everyone wrong who said I was born with a silver spoon. I started at 21 and drove a company truck until I was 25, and then I ordered a Peterbilt glider.”
Strottman’s Kenworth also placed second in the Limited Mileage category in the virtual Pride & Polish contest.