You probably won’t see this truck trundling down the highway hauling a load — but you just might spot it at a truck show or a parade.
Kate Whiting, driver and owner of KW Pony Express LLC, shows off this 1973 Kenworth W900A at events throughout the year. At shows, she blasts the band Warrant’s anthem “Cherry Pie.” The truck is named after the son, with its cherry-red paint job, and Kate always has a pie dish filled with red candies to hand out.
Kate became a driver after attending her first truck show in 2014, where she was impressed by the relationships that formed between drivers and their trucks.
She developed a fondness for the Kenworth A models. One day, when driving some back roads, she spotted one. She stopped to talk to the owner and spent the next year “bugging” him to sell it. In 2016 she got her wish, and she bought the truck that became Cherry Pie.
Overall, Cherry Pie was in good mechanical shape, and after some scrubbing and brushing, they found the vibrant red and cream finish. Her son pointed out that it “looked just like cherry pie.”
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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.