A Kenworth 100th anniversary-themed trailer and history exhibit is making its way across North America to commemorate Kenworth’s milestone anniversary. The history exhibit will be displayed at industry trade shows and community gatherings throughout 2023.
The special trailer is a Great Dane 53-ft. step-deck van with an extensive timeline of Kenworth’s history, video presentations, vintage Kenworth badges, and more. Those that experience the historical exhibit will come away with an in-depth understanding of Kenworth’s past and key developments that will help shape Kenworth’s future.
Trailer Tour of History
The trailer used for this tour has a unique history of its own. It was previously used in Kenworth’s 75th-anniversary tour in 1998 before it was purchased by the late Allen Koenig, founder of Midwest Specialized Transportation. Before the tour in 1998, Koenig was asked to provide planning assistance and drivers for the tour.
Kenworth provided Midwest Specialized Transportation drivers with a special Limited Edition Anniversary W900L truck to transport its anniversary trailer across North America.
After the Kenworth 75th anniversary tour, the truck and trailer were purchased by Al Koenig and have remained in the Koenig family.
Over the years, the Koenig family has showcased the trailer at various truck shows and events, sharing Kenworth's history with communities nationwide. In anticipation of this year's anniversary tour, Kenworth collaborated with the Koenig family to restore the trailer and enhance the historical exhibit with updated information about Kenworth's past.
The Signature Anniversay Truck
The Kenworth 100th anniversary-themed trailer and history exhibit will be pulled by a T680 Signature Edition anniversary truck equipped with a 76-inch high-roof sleeper and the PACCAR Powertrain featuring a PACCAR MX-13 engine, PACCAR TX-12 automated transmission, and PACCAR DX-40 tandem rear axles. The trailer will be featured at the following public events, and more tour stops are likely to be added.
- July 13-15: Walcott Truckers Jamboree at Iowa 80 Truckstop, Walcott, Iowa.
- Aug. 24-26: Brooks American Truck Historical Society Show, Brooks, Oregon.
- Sept. 26-29: Utility Expo, Louisville, Kentucky.