Chris Hawker poses in front of his Harley Davidson-inspired International LoneStar.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. — It’s no surprise that the very first professional driver to take delivery of an International LoneStar Harley-Davidson Special Edition tractor is a motorcycle enthusiast.
Owner/operator Chris Hawker officially took ownership of the truck during a special celebration last week. The truck will complement the black and silver 2003 Harley 100th Anniversary Edition FXSTD Softail Deuce motorcycle he already has in the garage.
Hawker was handed the keys to his new LoneStar at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.
“The International LoneStar Harley-Davidson Special Edition is one of the coolest-looking trucks I’ve ever seen,” said Hawker. “When I first caught wind of this truck, I knew I had to have one.”
The Harley Davidson-inspired International LoneStar was first unveiled at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March. It combines deep black paint and contrasting silver and orange striping and plenty of chrome. Hawker hauls food products from New York to Florida and has more than 20 years of professional driving under his belt. Hawker said he was already planning on purchasing an International LoneStar even before the Harley edition was introduced.
“Chris came in and expressed interest in a LoneStar before the Harley-Davidson Special Edition was even announced,” said Randy Leighton, sales manager of dealer Five Star International. “As a fellow motorcycle guy and Harley owner myself, we got to talking about motorcycles. Once I heard about the Harley edition, I called him and told him we have a ‘dream truck’ coming out – he couldn’t get to the dealership fast enough.”
When Hawker took delivery of his new truck, Navistar announced its new Drive for Jobs initiative. For every mile Hawker drives in his new truck, Navistar will make a donation to the American Trucking Associations GetTrucking.com program, which provides training for US military personnel as they return from service and wish to explore a career in trucking.
Navistar issued an “all-points bulletin” when Hawker set out from Milwaukee which encourages anyone who sees him in his travels to sign up for the chance to win prizes and make a donation to the Drive for Jobs program.
“We appreciate Navistar’s support for the ATA’s GetTrucking initiative,” said Bill Graves, ATA president and CEO. “The men and women of the US Armed Forces are ideal candidates to become trucking industry professionals – they have all the motivation and tools necessary to move successfully from the military into our industry.”
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