OOIDA member featured on CMT's 'Trick My Truck' series

| 2/24/2006

An OOIDA member will have her story and newly made-over truck featured on this week’s episode of “Trick My Truck” on the Country Music Television network.

According to the network’s Web site, an episode featuring Darlene Swift, an OOIDA member from Taylor Ridge, IL – and her Freightliner Classic XL, “Free Spirit,” – will air Friday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. EST.

“Trick My Truck” is a new reality series that highlights the work of the Chrome Shop Mafia in Joplin, MO, as they give breathtaking facelifts to the trucks of eight owner-operators.

Swift is the second OOIDA member to be spotlighted on the program. On Feb. 3, Jeff Crane, a Life Member from Gardiner, ME, and his truck, “Icebreaker,” starred in the debut episode.

Most of the trucks featured on “Trick My Truck” only received cosmetic modifications. However, Darlene’s truck also received a replacement engine, thanks to a donation of a remanufactured Series 60 engine from Detroit Diesel Corp. and its subsidiary, Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing Corp.

The engine, which was added after the “Trick My Truck” episode was filmed and is not connected to the show, was installed courtesy of Barloworld Truck Center in Springdale, AR.

“When we found out that the makeover didn’t include an engine, and seeing that her Series 60 has almost one million miles on it, we wanted to make sure we could help keep Darlene on the road for another million miles with one of our superbly remanufactured engines,” said Jim Morrow, President of Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing, in a press release.