Pete Throws Big 75th Birthday Jam in California
DENTON, TX — Peterbilt is celebrating its big 75th anniversary in Stockton, CA, with a large collection of new and historic trucks, memorabilia, vendors and a charity raffle for a classic 1976 Model 359.
The 75th Anniversary Peterbilt Truck Show features up to 400 show trucks representing milestone models from throughout the company’s history.
“This will be a very special event that will bring together everything that is essential to our 75 years of industry leadership – our customers, our employees and dealers, and our vehicles,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR VP. “It will be a celebration of Peterbilt’s past, present and future.”
Rick McClerkin, owner of Roadway Antique Trucks, truck restoration guru and long-time Pete enthusiast is putting the show together.
McClerkin commented: “For anyone who loves the Peterbilt brand, this will be a once in a lifetime event to see some of the greatest trucks in history – including one of the first chassis ever produced, a 1939 model owned by the Fremont (Calif.) Fire Department – and celebrate with fellow Peterbilt owners, drivers and fans.”
The peoples’ choice truck beauty contest will have five categories – antique conventional, working conventional, antique cabover, working cabover and best of show. Winners will be determined by votes from event attendees.
Pete’s Anniversary Edition 579 truck will be there too, hauling an interactive anniversary tour trailer. The custom-built double-expandable 53-foot trailer will be travelling throughout North America visiting Peterbilt dealership. It features Peterbilt memorabilia, interactive displays, a history wall display, a PACCAR MX-13 Engine and cab and sleeper cutaways Of Peterbilt’s new Models 579 and 567.
And of course, it isn’t a party without food, music and good company.
Here are some photos from Truck World of Pete’s 75th anniversary trucks: