Built in 2004, Virginia's memorial to its fallen highway workers stands flanked by two flagstaffs at milepost 102 heading east on I-64 two-thirds of the way down Afton Mountain. It honors the 132 Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) highway workers who lost their lives on the job between 1928 and 2012. All photos courtesy of VDOT.
On April 1 this year, Peterbilt Motors Co. is launching a special “75th Anniversary Tour” to provide a retrospective look at its heritage as well as an overview products hints about its future efforts. Peterbilt brought the centerpiece of this year-long tour to Mid America: a custom-built double-expandable 53-foot trailer that provides what the OEM calls an “immersive experience.” The company added that its “mobile exhibition” trailer will be pulled by a special Model 579 Anniversary Edition highway tractor.
Peterbilt Motors Co. showed off the latest version of its "SuperTruck" at the 2014 Mid America Trucking Show; a tractor-trailer designed and tested in partnership with engine-maker Cummins as well as other suppliers under the auspicies of the U.S. Deparment of Energy that can achieve 10.7 mpg in on-highway operation.
What do an old horse-dawn stage coach, a tattoo artist, and a zebra that bites have in common? That's right, they all made an appearance at this year's Mid America extravaganza: just part of what gives this annual trucking event a "country fair" flavor.
What's a show truck without "show" trucks? So despite the at-times poor weather at this year's Mid America gathering, big rigs decked out with high-toned paint styles and plenty chrome made an appearance on the grounds outside the Kentucky Exposition Center.