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"Diamond Dan, the truck drivin' man"

August 7, 2017

 

 

 

Yesterday was another surprising adventure in the life of Diamond Dan.

 

I went to visit my dad’s best buddy, Joe Hughes, Snowman, as his trucker handle goes. He’s a retired long-haul trucker, drove for Leggett & Platt back in the ‘80s with my dad, until taking the ultimate trucking job of driving for NASCAR’s Bill Elliott and Earnhardt, Jr’s team. Joey and my dad were ‘Smokey & The Bandit’ kinda friends, looking out for each other on the road, getting into enough trouble to cause the preacher man some worry, and they could outmaneuver any 18-wheel challenge with a laugh. They were friends for 30 years.

 

Joe collects vintage International cabover trucks now. He’s got 3 at the moment, using one as a parts truck. He takes them to vintage truck shows, as well as on day trips with his wife Nita, and