June, 2019 cover.
Welcome to the June, 2019 edition of LargeCarMag Online!
When reading the words “Fully Involved” high atop the back of Kenneth and Barb Fisher’s 1997 Peterbilt, one’s mind might start to wonder. Upon asking Kenneth about the name, it’s very clear that it’s more than fitting.
It was my pleasure to shoot pictures again this year at the Brooks, Oregon truck show for LargeCarMag. It was a full two days this year and a large number of trucks attended the show. This year the count was 331 trucks.
Our Diesel Doodle for this month comes to us from age 14 Cameron Martin.
We’re heading to Lake Park, Florida to introduce you to the newest innovation in sleeper comfort and cost savings. The year is 1979 and Gene Miller is an owner operator leased to Mayflower Van Lines. Like most owner operators Gene was always looking for ways to save money and increase his comfort while trucking. Gene checked out the latest sleepers available on the market but couldn’t find what he was looking for. When you have a background like Genes and the industry doesn’t offer what you’re looking for you build it yourself.
C.R Levenque Trucking sent us these pictures of two of their beautiful rides.
What a difference between now and when this picture was taken! This would have been in the mid 80’s but unfortunately I forget where it was taken.
Three years ago, Paul Zook was faced with a dilemma. With the ELD mandate fast approaching at that time, he knew he wanted to make a change, but was unsure which way to go. First, he considered a new glider truck, but wasn’t satisfied with the quality of the new trucks, even though it would be ELD exempt. Next, he even thought about getting out of trucking completely, but let’s be honest…we all think about it, but can’t do it. In the end, he decided on building a pre-ELD ride, almost from the ground up.
2018 Carlisle Truck Nationals – coverage by CJ Nairn.
On August 3-5th one of the longest running shows in Pennsylvania was held, The Truck Nationals at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Carlisle Pennsylvania.
Jimmy Rosenberger of Mini Chrome Shop and I rolled into the Rantoul National Aviation Center on Thursday July 26th, knowing for the first time in all the years we have attended this great event, that we wouldn’t be seeing its founder Tom Reitz. Jimmy had talked to his wife DaVeda and learned he was in the hospital fighting complications as the result of his battle with cancer. Sadly we would never see Tom again as it was announced on Saturday morning July 28th that Tom had lost his battle. To say it was a quiet somber morning, would be an understatement.