Editor’s note: It’s “Throwback Thursday” and we’re diving back into Land Line’s digital archive to bring you a June 2011 piece from former columnist Bob Martin, aka “Cowpoke.” Longtime readers of the magazine may recall his standing column “Spitballin’ with Cowpoke.” He passed away from cancer later that year. As you can see, he was a huge fan of Peterbilt trucks.
Peterbilt royalty? Who me? Hardly. But I did try to start a rumor once that I was T.A. “Al” Peterman’s grandson. Peterman was a successful logger who bought out Fageol Trucks in 1938 and founded Peterbilt Motors in 1939.
I often feel like Peterbilt “royalty.” That’s probably because of the various honors and the recognition awarded to my truck and us by Peterbilt.
My wife Geri and I were featured in their magazine First Class in 1996. Some 12 years later we were featured in the “379: End of an Era” special edition with the same truck. With all those team efforts and well-heeled big rides out there we got the spotlight. I’m not kidding myself, we were just a pair of “oval-heads” in the right spot at the right time.
Some of the twists and turns that got us there are worth rambling about.