Con-way Freight to Donate Historic Tractor to Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Fully Restored Freight Truck Takes on New Life as Permanent Museum Exhibit
In April 1983, truck 414-3001, a Ford Model 8000 cab-over tractor, now affectionately known as “Ole Number One,” rolled off of the assembly line and went into service at Con-way Central Express, a regional motor carrier start-up launched by the then Consolidated Freightways, Inc. Now, 28 years later, a commemorative ceremony will be held to mark the donation of this original truck — which has been completely restored — to the Iowa 80 Museum by Con-way Freight. The event will feature the truck’s original driver — who still drives for Con-way — and the driver’s freight operations supervisor from those early years, who rose to become president of Con-way Central Express and chief operating officer of Con-way Freight before retiring last year. The truck will be on display at the event.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
505 Sterling Drive
Walcott, Iowa 52773
WHO: Dave Miller, founder, vice president and COO, Gnosis Management Group. Former Con-way Central Express operations supervisor in 1983; former president of Con-way Central and COO of Con-way Freight.
Dick Heyob, original driver of truck 414-3001. Still drives for Con-way Freight out of the company’s Cincinnati service center
Dave Meier, Iowa 80 Trucking Museum