Western Star donates ‘Spirit Truck’ to OOIDA

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Updated Apr 28, 2017
Western Star president Kelley Platt presents OOIDA rep John Osborn with the keys to his new truck.Western Star president Kelley Platt presents OOIDA rep John Osborn with the keys to his new truck.

Western Star presented the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) with a new Western Star 5700XE Thursday at the truck maker’s 50th anniversary event in Phoenix. The tractor, the third such truck donated by Western Star to the driver’s association, will be used with OOIDA’s “Spirit of the American Trucker” tour trailer.

Outfitted in white paint and Western Star’s brushed metallic blue Phantom II Graphics Package, the truck was presented to Jon Osborn, a decorated and well-regarded trucking industry veteran who will once again pilot the “Spirit Truck.”

John Osborn and Sassi drive away in their new Western Star.John Osborn and Sassi drive away in their new Western Star.

Osborn and his co-pilot pooch “Sassi” will drive the new 5700XE to visit shows, conferences, and truck stops throughout the United States to promote independent truckers and the trucking industry.

For the 2017-18 season, the Western Star 5700XE “Spirit Truck” named “Snowflake” is spec’d with an 82-inch high roof sleeper, and Osborn says he’s looking forward to the extra space.

The truck is powered by a Detroit DD16 engine with 560hp and 1850 lb./ft. of torque, and features Detroit front and rear axles and the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission.