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Nomad Robbie Morris sent us this video and we couldn’t stop watching it: a massively righteous greatest hits compilation of classic big rig gear-rowing footage. Man, we could not get enough.
And while every clip reminded us of the Golden Age of truckin’ that we grew up in – the CB radio craze of C.W. McCall, Outlaw Country Music, 8-tracks and the aroma of warmed gear oil and fried chicken and truckstop tire shops and those blacklight velvet paintings in heavy varnished chain-slapped wood frames – we were really stoked to get a picture of one of Robbie’s childhood heroes painted for us.
A friend’s dad with the awesomely epic name of Earl Hitch was the kind of guy who had seen some stuff in his time. Had really done some livin’ and been on the kinds of trips a kid would be lucky to tag along with. And Rob got that chance. We’ll let him say a few words about Earl…
“I think about reflecting on the cool things that…(Earl)…did for us as we grew up. Getting the chance to ride in, let alone drive a Peterbilt, having customized cars as teens, “Cool VW’s and me with my race car.” Learning about the local dude who liked to sleep in the sawdust pile, Wild Turkey on New Years Eve, milling timber, building houses, etc…you gotta admit, we had it good! Riding with Earl and listening to the lore and ways of the world was just about as close to nirvana that one could get. The man was 100% connected with the real world and could give it to you on the straight and narrow…100% kickass dude and could jam a gear or two in the process…”
If you’re lucky, you’ve got your own Earl Hitch. We know we do. And we’d submit that more kids today need more Earl Hitches in their lives. Car culture gives in ways no other could ever get close to.