Barry Kucera (49) started trucking hard when he was 21, but it was 1994 when he got hit with a ton of bricks – he found out he was going to be a dad! That is when everything changed. Now he had to provide, feed and defend a family, not just himself, with no regard for the price – and that’s all he’s done ever since. While learning how to be a young parent, he was also trying to maintain a one-truck operation and manage all the unthinkable risks that come with it (like parenting). Having no backup plan of any sort, his one-man show eventually built a legacy for his boys – something of value – something they can chose to take from here and keep on building (or not). Still, with his family in mind, Barry drives super-sharp rides, wears clean clothes and stays kind to his customers and everyone around. Over the years, Barry has come to realize that some people will pay attention to the way you look and act, and these are the people worth hauling for.
LIKE SON… (truck on right)
Wyatt Kucera (24) just got this good-looking blue ‘98 Kenworth, and here is why. When he was four years old, he started going trucking with his dad as often as possible. He learned how to shift just by watching his right hand and listening to the sound of the engine. Later, he and his brothers would see their dad come home from a long haul and then put family first. He taught them how to truck and farm properly right from the start. He would let them experiment, but if they failed, they always came back and did it the right way. Wyatt missed his dad a lot when he was gone, but now he understands what it takes to run your own truck and how demanding this game is. Because of that, he admires the memories and knowledge his dad passed on to him and understands why there is no time to do things twice. He also understands why his dad always had to have the biggest iron possible – it’s how you represent yourself – which is why Wyatt does it now, too!