Pike’s Peak truck replica raising funds for Trucker Buddy

| Thursday, August 14, 2003

A replica of Mike Ryan Motorsports’ record-setting Freightliner is now available as a collector's model with proceeds to benefit Trucker Buddy International.

Each year, Mike Ryan races his Freightliner Century Class truck to the top of Pike’s Peak, maneuvering 13 miles of twists, turns and sheer drops before he crosses the finish line at the top. With its modified Mercedes-Benz engine and ArvinMeritor transmission, this truck has helped Ryan set the world’s record for a Class 8 truck in the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb.

Now, collectors can own a replica of this powerful rig and help support Trucker Buddy at the same time. Trucker Buddy partnered with Mike Ryan Motorsports in producing a 1:64 scale model of the race truck, Freightliner transporter and flatbed trailer. This three-piece set has been produced by Die-Cast Promotions, a manufacturer of die-cast metal replicas.

Proceeds from the model will benefit Trucker Buddy International, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educate and mentor the nation's schoolchildren via a pen-pal relationship between professional truckdrivers and children in grades two through eight. Trucker Buddy drivers share their experiences from the road with their students each week, and the children respond with individual letters each month.

The replica will be available in mid-August and can be ordered by calling Trucker Buddy at 1-800-MYBUDDY or through the group’s Web site at www.truckerbuddy.org. The truck replica also will be available at the Great American Trucking Show Sept. 26-28 in Dallas.

Collectors can purchase the three-piece set for $55 at the Great American Trucking Show at the Trucker Buddy booth No. 23 (lobby) during show hours. Mike Ryan will be available to autograph the model trucks, and the record-setting rig will be parked inside the lobby.

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