A third-generation trucker is carrying on his family tradition in this eye-catching rig.
Austin Gottman owns and operates this 2019 Peterbilt 389. It’s powered by a 3406 CAT engine with an 18-speed transmission. The engine produces about 700 horsepower, which is achieved with an aftermarket turbo.
Austin picked out this color based off of an old Yamaha snowmobile he had when he was 12 years old. He now has four different trucks in this same color, including another Peterbilt.
This truck is dedicated to Austin’s grandfather, who passed away when Austin was in third grade. He said he may have been young when his grandfather passed away, but he made a big impact on Austin’s life. He said he feels like he’s carrying on the family tradition since the company has had the same two accounts since his grandfather started the company in 1976.
Other features include an air-ride suspension that can be raised and lowered and Bostrom air ride seats.
When he isn’t on the road, Austin can be found boating in the summer and riding snowmobiles in the winter.
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A former military public affairs specialist, Cody Graves has a journalism career that has spanned radio, television and print. For the last ten years, he produced special sections for Arkansas’ only statewide newspaper. During his time in the U.S. Army Reserves, Cody served tours in El Salvador, Iraq and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In his spare time, he plays guitar in a local band and spends time with his dogs, Lucy and Daisy.