Truck ready to tow

May 17, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

At first glance, Boonsboro resident Daryl Olden's 1981 K100 Kenworth tractor looks like a typical tractor cab for a tractor-trailer.

But look closely at the tires and you'll see a deeper tread for more traction. A peek under the hydraulic hood would unveil a turbo-charger system that pushes more air into the engine while allowing exhaust to exit faster - for more horsepower.

Olden, 43, owns Oldens Three D Trucking Co., which does short-hauls such as from Hagerstown to Salisbury, Md.

But this particular tractor does even shorter hauls, say about 280 feet down a dirt track pulling a weighted sled.

Olden will be one of about 58 drivers participating in the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum's second annual Truck Show and Truck Pull at Washington County Agricultural Education Center this Saturday.

In a pull, the goal is to see which truck can pull a "sled" farthest. The sled has a box on top that shifts weight toward the tractor or truck as it pulls; this makes it harder to pull the sled.


Olden's tractor had been inactive for five years when Olden and his sponsor Antrim Diesel in Greencastle, Pa., tore the engine apart and rebuilt it in less than 24 hours earlier this month to compete in Berkeley County, W.Va., where it placed second among street-legal semis, also known as hot-stock semis.

Olden's daughter Desiree, 21, also is expected to compete in the pull Saturday.

This weekend's event includes hot-stock semis such as Olden's, hot-rod semis, modified diesel pickups, modified gas pickups and hot-stock farm tractors, said Jerry Poffenberger, president of the Washington County Tractor Pullers Association.

Competition classes for the truck show include dump trucks, tractors, street-rod trucks, specialty, antiques older than 1980, pickups, sport-utility vehicles and people's choice.

Olden also will compete in the truck show with a tractor that won its division last year.

Proceeds from the event will be used to reconstruct a log cabin from Sharpsburg and a church for the museum's Rural Heritage Village, said Leslie Hendrickson, museum administrator.

If you go ...

WHAT: Second annual Truck Show and Truck Pull

WHEN: Saturday, May 19. Doors open at 8 a.m. Judging for the truck show is 1 to 3 p.m. with trophies presented immediately afterward. Truck pull is at 5 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, May 20

WHERE: Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, about eight miles south of Interstate 70

COST: The truck show is free and open to the public. Admission to the truck pull is $10; free for ages 6 and younger

MORE: For more information, call 240-313-2839.

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