Loren Kelsey’s 4900 SA Winner of Several Truck Beauty Contests
When Loren Kelsey wakes up most mornings, he has no idea what the day has in store for him. Then the phone rings at 6 a.m., and within ten minutes he’s out the door on a job that will take him across several states to deliver 150 transmissions for a major automotive manufacturer. He’ll be back home in a few days – just to be called again for another job.
As an owner-operator in the expediting business, Kelsey thrives on the variety of the job. Since the nature of this type of trucking requires a quick response to customers, Kelsey is always on the go. “I go wherever the load takes me,” he adds. “When my customer could lose thousands of dollars a minute if their production lines are not full, it’s crucial that I can respond to their needs and deliver their products in a safe and timely manner.”
Kelsey owns LMK Expediting in Waterford, Mich., just outside of Detroit. With his 2001 Western Star 4900 SA, he transports expedited parts primarily for large automotive manufacturers. In the expediting business for nearly seven years, Kelsey prides himself on being a reliable driver and running a strong and dependable vehicle.
Premium Styling for a Demanding Job
Whether it’s across town or across the country, Loren is ready for any job that comes his way. “This is my first Class 8 expeditor and I love it,” said Kelsey. “Before this truck, I drove medium-duty vehicles, but decided that I needed a heavy-duty truck to be competitive and get the toughest jobs done. I was tired of being passed over for jobs because my truck couldn’t carry the freight.”
Equipped with a Morgan body and a 2,500-pound liftgate, the 40-foot straight truck has a 50-inch set-back front axle for an excellent turning radius and achieves maximum power with a Caterpillar C10 engine. Kelsey’s Western Star dealer at Duthler Truck Center in Grand Rapids, Mich., worked closely with him and Morgan to spec the truck to best meet his business needs. His truck includes a 12,000-pound front axle, a 20,000-pound pusher axle, and a 20,000-pound drive axle.
Since he often doesn’t know where he’ll be on a daily basis, Kelsey wanted a truck that he could be comfortable in at all times. Kelsey spec’d out his truck to the extreme, using all factory-installed options from Western Star. The truck includes heated mirrors, Western Star’s Star Gauge system with a DataStar in-dash display of vital vehicle and driving functions, automatic climate control in the cab and sleeper, keyless remote entry, and much more. At 6-feet, 4-inches tall, Kelsey also appreciates the 76-inch high roof sleeper with a rounded dome and several skylights.
“My favorite part of my truck is the interior cab – I chose top-of-the-line everything,” he said. “Since I’m out on the road every day, I wanted it to be very comfortable, have every thing I need, and look good.”
Truck Beauty Competition Winner…. Again
With his 2001 Western Star 4900 SA, Kelsey has received the highest honors in several truck beauty competitions across the country. In 2002, he won first place in the Expedite Truck category and second in the OEM Interior category at the Stars & Stripes Paul K. Young Memorial Truck Beauty Championships at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Adding to his accolades at the 2004 competition, he won first place in the Expedite Truck category and first place in the Interior Expedite Truck category.
Additionally, out of the 300 trucks at the St. Ignus Truck Show competition in Michigan, Kelsey won the entire show. “I enjoy competing in these events and plan on continuing to do so in the future,” he said. “I’m real proud of my truck and have had such a great experience with Western Star.”