Still runnin’ hot

In Million Mile Club, June 20221 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJuly 20, 2022

Last month, it was 1FATKW. This month, it’s the next in the Oruanui Linehaul submissions. 1HOTKW looks superb in black and, like its fleet-mate last month, churns out relentless kilometres on the Auckland to Christchurch run at 50-max for TAA.

There’s no question a Kiwi family passing the immaculate K104 would likely comment on a shiny new Kenworth, oblivious to the fact the flash of shining black paint, glistening chrome, polished alloy, and mirror-like stainless they’d just passed is 18 years old with 2,300,000km under its tyres. To put that into perspective, that’s 57.4 times around the earth at the equator.

Owner Michael Purvis says the truck is an absolute credit to its driver Ashley Rowe, who’s been with him for more than six years.

Running Cummins 620hp Signature power, an 18-speed Roadranger manual transmission, 46-160 Meritor rears, 1HOTKW is testimony to the durability of its chassis and the components that provide its motivation.