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Father and son team making J.E. Williams work for the long haul

BY STEVE BRAWNER ContributingWriter

The father loves traveling the roadways.

The son prefers soaring through the sky. The father loves trucks with 18 wheels. The son prefers motorcycles with two. J.E.Williams and his son, Bobby, are quite different in the ways they like to get around. But they have this in common: They both like to keep moving. “I think he started trucking because he

just loved to drive,” Bobby said of his dad. “He loved trucks and he loved to drive, and then he still does to this day.” Indeed, the day of the interview, J.E., 74

and now “retired,” had just returned from a 550-mile round trip from the company’s headquarters in Billings to Casper,Wyoming. He also drives part-time for Montana-based Warren Transport and shuffles trucks for


Peterbilt and MPE. Even after all these years of driving, he still loves getting behind the wheel to enjoy the scenery and the solitude. It’s the fulfillment of a childhood dream. “I used to sit up on the hill up there in

Helena, Montana, and watch the highway and watch the trucks go up and down,” J.E. said. “I told ... a couple of my little cousins there, I said, ‘Look at there. I’m going to drive one of them one of these days,’ and they said, ‘’Oh, no, you’re not.’” Bobby, 54, prefers an airplane’s yoke to an

18-wheeler’s steering wheel.He started flying when he was 25 years old, bought a twin Cessna, sold it and bought a Learjet.During his free time, he also likes to fly his Pitts Special bi- wing stunt plane. That’s right – stunt plane.He loves to take it out for a spin – literally, as well as perform loops and rolls.

ISSUE 4, 2013 | “It’s just like my dad with driving,” he

said. “You know, it’s just something I always wanted to do. I always wanted to fly airplanes, so that’s what I did. ... I think that you’re doing something that a lot of other people can’t do. I like that aspect of it.” Bobby likes to go fast. In addition to flying,

he also owns aDucati 1000 Italian-made racing motorcycle. It along with his airplanes offers a welcome change of pace from the gravity-bound, lumbering semis that allow him to make a living. “Trucks, you’ve got to be just the opposite

with them,” he said. “They think they’re big and made out of iron and all that, but you’ve got to really treat them real gentle. So when I drive a truck, it’s real smooth, like the thing’s made out of glass. You’ve got to be real smooth and real easy with them.”


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