Starting the project two and a half years ago, West Virginia-based owner-operator Chuck Timbrook transformed his 1999 Freightliner into “Black Out”, a custom tribute to military veterans featuring a special reference to the 167th Airlift Wing of the National Guard in his hometown, Martinsburg.
The Black Out features an all new black matte paint job and a grill featuring the words “POW/MIA” and “You are not forgotten,” with an American flag, again all black. On the back half of the rig are several more tributes to veterans in the form of custom graphics along with two black themed flags; the POW flag and a black and white American flag.
Veterans Affairs Recognition
Recently, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs surprised Timbrook with a certificate of appreciation.
The certificate was presented to Timbrook this weekend after he, volunteers and his rig delivered long-stem flowers to each veteran mom in the Martinsburg, West Virginia area. The certificate recognized his “outstanding support” and “tireless dedication”.
“To be honored by the Veterans Administration, and I never served. … It means a bunch to me and my family,” said Timbrook.
Over the next few months Black Out will be heading to 7 different veterans’ events and 8 parades. Though his main area of focus is the immediate four-state area, a trip to New York City may be in the works for Christmas festivities and one infamous parade.
Source: Over Drive Magazine