Meet Mitch Broderson, the proud owner of the award winning 2007 Lowmax seen here. Mitch has taken his trucks to so many shows, he’s lost count. Most recently, Mitch won first place in the bobtail category and 2nd place in the light show at the Waupun Truck-n-Show in Wisconsin. Mitch says he really enjoys shows like the Waupun show and the Iowa 80 Jamboree where a working truck like his has a chance to shine. He attends about three shows each summer on average.
We asked him about how life treats him on the road. He says he’s fortunate that he has a pretty dedicated route and that he actually gets to spend a reasonable amount of time with his family. Once in a while, his wife will accompany him to a show, and the kids would too when they were younger. Most of the time his wife ends up spiffing up the truck for judging so we’re not too sure how much she enjoys the trip. Apparently, she does a lot on the inside, and Mitch takes care of the outside.
Mitch told us he used to drive an International but when it was time to change, he liked the more unique look of the Western Star. And, the price was right compared to Petes and Kenworths that had the classic look at the time.
Here’s Mitch talking about how his truck came together including how he had it painted to match the 1994 Harley that’s ever-present on the back when he shows the truck:
At shows like Waupun, visitors can get a close look at the trucks and meet the drivers pretty easily. Mitch gets asked a lot of questions with the most popular being:
“What year is the truck?” (2007)
“What kind of engine do you have in there?” (DD60 series)
“How was it lowered?” (Factory)
“How do you get the bike up there? (Uses a hoist)
While Mitch doesn’t enjoy being on the road all that much, he says it actually provides a way for him and his wife to reconnect when he gets home. “That’s the nice part,” he said, “Then she gives me the chore list.”
For more information on Mitch’s truck and to see more images, visit his gallery here.