Custom Rigs

‘BlackGold’ scale memorial Mack, Cecil Spurlock’s son and family’s tribute to the Kentucky coal hauler

The 1/25th scale model of Spurlock's 1981 Mack DM 800 coal hauler is their way of honoring his legacy. When Spurlock passed in 2012, says his son David, he was buried "with his Mack cap on his head, and a coal miner on his grave stone with a pick and shovel on his shoulder, showing where he came from."

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Bandit truck racing series returns to action this weekend

The Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Series will return to the track this Saturday, April 21, at Motor Mile Speedway in Fairlawn, Virginia. Racing action begins at 7 p.m.

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‘Gold trucks’ shined up, back on the haul

Why had it been so long since I'd heard from TMOG, LLC (that's for "These Trucks Are Made of Gold") independent owner-operator Howard Salmon? Turns out, he'd been off the road the last four months or so putting plenty of work into his vintage 1999 Kenworth W900. 

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Charles Adams’ 2006 Peterbilt 379 EXHD

The rig sports a 625-hp Cat C15 with an Eaton 18-speed and Spicer 3:36 rears. He has had the cab lights and horns shaved down and replaced with nine small LEDs and train horns mounted underneath the truck.

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Rick Weisheit’s 2007 Peterbilt 379

The rig is powered by a 565-hp Cummins with an EGR delete and a 700-hp tune from Bohl Diesel Performance, along with an 18-speed Eaton-Fuller.

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Fitzgerald Semi-Casual Truck Show to feature truck drag races, stunt show, more

The event is scheduled for May 4-5 at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn. The truck show is a participant-judged show designed to be a more casual atmosphere than some other truck shows. The show is only open to the public on Saturday, May 5. Rock band Foghat will perform that night.

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Fast and proud: Fitzgerald meets challenge to build custom 389

Fitzgerald Glider Kits and Fitzgerald Collision and Repair embraced a seven-day challenge to rebuild a Peterbilt glider for TV's "Fast 'N Loud" shop.

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Kenneth Cassway’s 2012 Peterbilt 386

The rig sports a 450-hp Cummins ISX with a 10-speed and 2:64 rears. It is also equipped with a Thermo King APU with arctic package and an Espar diesel-fired heater. The front bumper guard is a Herd Defender 4-Post equipped with fog lamps.

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George Babcock’s 2016 Kenworth W900 glider

Sitting on a 300-inch wheelbase, the rig sports a 1999-model 550-hp Cat with an Eaton-Fuller 18-speed. Most of the custom work to the truck was done in the company's shop, including all welding and metal fabrication.

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Poor weather forecast postpones this weekend’s Bandit Series race

The race has been rescheduled for Aug. 11. Anyone who had already purchased tickets for the race will be able to use them on the rescheduled date.

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