In a year where the American trucking industry has been rocked by a number of high-profile scandals, it’s refreshing to see a real-life story from the past get the spotlight.
In this week’s episode of New York’s Fresh Air, host and film historian Bob Simon talks to the man behind the American freight freight airbrushing franchise, the late Terry Wogan, who has been credited with bringing cargo-carrying to the big screen.
In ‘American Cargo’ Wogan is credited with creating the model, which was first used in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
As a result, he was given the nickname “the harpoon.”
When he passed away in 2005, it became known as the “Harpoon” truck and its owners have been building on that tradition ever since.
In the latest installment of the series, Simon explores how the Harpoon model became a vehicle that inspired other freight-hauling simulators in the 1980s and 1990s, including the classic Freightliner.
This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of New Yorker magazine.