PHOENIX – April 27, 2017 – The Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has once again received a new Western Star 5700XE to power its “Spirit of the American Trucker” tour trailer. The truck was presented to OOIDA at Western Star’s 50th Anniversary event in Phoenix on April 27, 2017.
The truck is decked out with distinctive white paint and Western Star’s brushed metallic blue Phantom II Graphics Package. Jon Osborn, a highly decorated and well-regarded trucking industry veteran will once again pilot the “Spirit Truck.” Jon and his new 5700XE will visit shows, conferences, and truck stops throughout the United States to promote independent truckers and the trucking industry.
“The Western Star 5700XE is not only a head-turner on the tour, but also has a smooth, comfortable ride that’s perfect for long hauls,” said Osborn. “It is a privilege to represent OOIDA and Western Star in this truck.”
Noted Kelley Platt, president, Western Star Trucks.: “We are proud to support OOIDA and appreciate our ongoing partnership.”
This is the third time that Western Star has partnered with OOIDA on the “Spirit of the American Trucker” tour. For the 2017-18 season, the Western Star 5700XE “Spirit Truck” is spec’d with an 82” High Roof sleeper and a Detroit™ DD16® engine with 560hp and 1850 lb./ft. of torque, Detroit™ front and rear axles and the Detroit™ DT12™ automated manual transmission. Full aerodynamic fairings will add to the truck’s fuel-efficient performance.
For a list of “Spirit of the American Trucker” tour stops, go to www.ooida.com.
For more information about Western Star, go to www.WesternStarTrucks.com.
Western Star Sales Trucks, Inc., headquartered in Portland, Ore., produces tough custom trucks for highway and vocational applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 5-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is the only national trade association representing the interests of small-business trucking professionals and professional truck drivers. The Association currently has more than 150,000 members nationwide. OOIDA was established in 1973 and is headquartered in the Greater Kansas City, Mo., area.