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West and I hit an adult bull moose in northern Ontario. Needless to say the whole front end of my truck was scattered along the highway. I had owned the 1996 Kenworth since new and I wasn’t about to buy a new truck so this incident was the start of the, “Great Truck Rebuild.” I have always loved the truck from my Dad’s favourite show, the 1970’s TV show Movin’ On, and other trucks from that era, so I decided we could build one. I got a custom built hood and battery boxes made to look like ones from the 70’s and used the 1973 factory ‘Apache’ stripe design used on the Movin’ On TV show. I also added hardwood floors, new seats and a new bunk. Four months later and with the help of friends and coworkers, the old girl was ready for the road once again. Today when I drive I have my hand on a very special gearshift knob. It is the one from my Dad’s truck, the same gearshift knob that Dad had in the truck that I learned to drive in. It was given to him from a friend when he got his first Kenworth and he passed it on to me. Having it is a great reminder of a great man and it is comforting to say the least. The old girl has been given a couple of nicknames, over the years, Nessie and The Gimpy Goat, the last one because she is getting a wee bit tired with over three million miles on her. I am honoured that there is an appreciation for old school trucks and when I show her at

Western Canada’s Trailer Specialist

the Clifford truck show many of the people are amazed that she is still a working truck. The Clifford show is a lot of fun. They do let some ‘Tupperware’ trucks in but for the most part it is made up of older trucks. The standing joke is you have to have 2 air cleaners and 2 stacks to attend. I was lucky to come from a trucking family who were true professionals. When I was young and had set my sights on a career in trucking, my grandfather told me, “You will not get rich driving a truck, but good truck drivers will always be in demand and be able to put food on the table.” Dad always said that customers appreciate a driver who shows up onsite with a clean vehicle. I always wear a dress shirt when working - I was just brought up that way. My Dad always wore a uniform and instilled in me the importance of looking good when representing my company. He always said, shave, wear nice clothes, have clean shoes and always keep a clean truck. I have taught a few people how to drive trucks by remembering all the things my father had taught me. It feels good to be able to pass on the knowledge of 4 generations of rolling across the highways and interstates of Canada and the USA. My Dad passed away a few years ago but I’ll never forget the many things he taught me. He was my hero. This year I felt very honoured to be asked by David Benjatschek if I would agree to be featured in the 2018 Wowtrucks Calendar. I agreed and I dedicated my page to my father with the tag line, “A true gentleman truck driver.”

Driving Through my Memories

By Ed Murdoch

Ed has held a commercial drivers license for 65 years and has spent the better part of 50 years on the road. You can get Ed’s new book at www.drivingthroughmymemories.ca

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It was probably 45 years ago my oldest boy, an aspiring musician/trucker like his daddy, was about 10 years old and he wanted a drum set for Christmas. It just so happened that on a trip to the Windy City, Chicago, prior to the Big Day and there happened to be a music store near where I unloaded copy paper at a mom and pop print shop in Cicero. I stopped in and lo and behold there it was … a beautiful ‘red’ beginners set of traps suitable for a budding Ringo Starr. So I bought it and stuffed it in the bunk forgetting that a Canada Customs inspection when returning to my country of residence was a distinct and probable possibility especially considering the time of year and that truckers then were generally seen as a sneaky bunch of low-life characters, not the elevated

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