Mary and the late John Potter of Cortland, New York loved trucks and trucking their entire lives. They bought their 1960 Peterbilt 281 at a truck show in New York in 2000. The Pete had been driven cross-country to the show from California, and then John drove the truck to its new home in Cortland. He spent two years restoring the truck from top to bottom, inside and out. The care he lavished on the truck was apparent in the finished product – no detail was overlooked – and John loved displaying his treasure at truck shows in his area. Powered by a 280 Cummins engine, the Peterbilt is equipped with a Fuller 10×3 transmission and Rockwell SQHD 3.90 rears. It also sports the famous Peterbilt swan on the hood, as well as a custom-made nameplate on the side of the hood which bears the name of their daughter, Kimberly. The nameplate commemorates the truck’s role at their daughter’s wedding, where it served as Kimberly’s limousine to the big event. The Potters also owned several other antique trucks, including a 1960 Brockway and a 1969 Brockway. Even though John is no longer with her, Mary still displays their trucks proudly at truck shows in her area.
John & Shirley Sponholtz have been involved with old trucks for over 20 years. Shirley was editor at Wheels of Time for 12 years before going out on her own and starting Old Time Trucks magazine in 2004. John is an avid photographer who enjoys taking pictures of odd and/or rare trucks (he provides most of the pictures for this article and their magazine). John & Shirley, who are from Richmond, Indiana, have been regular contributors to 10-4 Magazine since 2006.