Winston H. Wilkinson III of Alexandria, Virginia bought this 1977 Kenworth W900A in 2004 from a fellow in Atlantic, Virginia. The truck spent most of its working life running produce, but Winston retired it when he bought it and began restoring the truck – he finished in 2006. The Kenworth is powered by a 400 Cummins Big Cam II with a 13-speed transmission, has a Kenworth double bunk sleeper, and is equipped with Peterbilt air-ride suspension. A 1987 Great Dane reefer trailer, purchased in 2009, completes the combination. Because Winston’s favorite movie is “Smokey and the Bandit,” he decided to restore the tractor-trailer as a tribute to it. A group of Trans-Am owners, one of whom is a graphic artist, did the artwork on the trailer. The truck is also a tribute to Jerry Reed, who played “Snowman” in the movie. Along with Charlie Daniels and others, Jerry was a strong supporter and fund-raiser for The Wounded Warrior Project. The trailer’s interior displays artwork and photos in honor of the armed forces, along with a dummy load of Coors that folds out of the way when transporting.
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.