My Story – Kenneth J. Hubka
I started driving part-time in the summer of 1957 at the age of 16 hauling canned milk off of farms in a ‘54 Chevy 6 cylinder 4 speed with a 2 speed rear end. I gained experience driving semis in the mountains of Korea while in the army for 3 years. I also drove various milk trucks and bulk trucks prior to my first tractor-trailer, a 1964 GMC “Crackerbox” with a Detroit inline 6 cylinder with 218 hp and a 5 speed transmission and a 2 speed rear end. Over the years I have owned many GMC’s IH’s Petes and KWs with all types of engines and trans. combos.
My first wreck was when I lost the brakes while coming down Clayton Hill in Iowa with a full load of corn in 1970 and had to bail out at 55 mph after steering the truck to a safe location. Ended up with only a broken leg! That was the last ride of my first Crackerbox Jimmy! Later on in the 1980's I fell asleep in a day cab Ford pulling a load of milk and rolled it over. The cab was crushed down to the driver’s seat, but luckily I wasn’t wearing a seat belt and I was thrown to the passenger side. Receiving only minimal injuries, I know a higher power was looking out for me that day!
I still drive all types of trucks part-time at 71 years of age and still enjoy all of the friends and experiences that truck driving has given me over all of these years.
Kenneth J. Hubka