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CAT Scale Rig of the Week | Wes hawkins

Slow and steady might win the race, but “Low & Steady” is a truck that can’t be beat.

Wes Hawkins of Shelbyville, Tennessee picked up this 2020 Peterbilt 389 in February 2019. It was delivered to the Rush Truck Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the shop painted the fuel and DEF tanks, installed a Dynaflex 7 exhaust. inches and added a sun visor and windshield.

Once the truck got home, it added a new bumper, stainless steel steps, custom gangway, half-fenders and a rear light bar. It also had custom dash panels for the interior, as well as an ivory steering wheel for an old-school look.

Wes calls the truck “Low & Steady” for its flat roof and because it almost sits on the ground when parked. Low & Steady has a Cummins engine with an 18 speed transmission.

Wes has been driving for 23 years but made his debut in the industry at the age of 2, along with his father. He spent as much time as he could in the jump seat of his father’s Kenworth cabover, learning the ropes.

Today, he owns two trucks and five trailers and operates three owner-operators under his authority, Hawkins Transport Service.

He said his wife of 22 years was the secret to his success as she was there almost from the start.

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A former military public affairs specialist, Cody Graves has a career as a journalist covering radio, television and print media. For the past ten years he has produced special sections for Arkansas’ only state newspaper. While in the US Army Reserves, Cody toured El Salvador, Iraq, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In his spare time, he plays guitar in a local band and spends time with his dogs, Lucy and Daisy.