Wayne Hilt definitely has diesel running thru his veins, after running up and down the interstates for 52 years. He's trucked for 35 of those 52 years as a lease operator for Trimac Transportation hauling tankers. He says that he always wanted to own a Kenworth and he finally purchased one of his own in 2005, after recovering from a heart attack and successful bypass surgery.
Wayne's KW is a 2006 W-900 model that he purchased at CIT Trucks in Normal, IL. The truck was solid red when he purchased it, but Wayne added the black paint & the striping in 2017. He credits Gene, Greg, and Jamie at Stohler Body Shop in Gridley, IL for giving the truck a whole new look with the paint work. Matching fenders were added in 2019 and Wayne has also added a louvered grille, polished drop visor, and plenty of "chicken lights".
He has nicknamed the KW "Big Red" and power comes from a 550 HP ISX Cummins that's paired up with a 13 speed and a set of 2:85 rears. Wayne said CIT did an overhaul on the motor for him at 1.4 million miles and this working beauty now has 2,055,000 miles on it.
He says that he sees a lot of sights while trucking and he enjoys visiting them while taking vacations in his 5th wheel camper with his wife, Pat. Wayne & Pat also enjoy spending time with their 7 children, 13 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren when he's not out trucking!
Wayne & "Big Red" won a trophy at this year's PKY Truck Beauty Championship, held during the Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville, KY. The judges certainly got it right, as Wayne Hilt & "Big Red" are definitely a winning combination in trucking! Movin' Out applauds Wayne for his years of service in the trucking industry and he & "Big Red" are our choice for the June Working Show Truck of the Month.