After six years of regional trucking, Bob knew that he was ready to open his own over-the-road trucking company and become an owner-operator. He bought a cabover tractor and leased it to a carrier in Denver Colorado. But he soon realized how inefficient long haul trucks were, as he could only average 4.4 mpg.
Co-Pilots Zephyr and her son Bismarck at Long Beach, CA. Getting 4.4 mpg with a square truck. Circa 1980.
He then decided to use the lessons of his prior racing days to make his fledgling business more profitable.
But this time, instead of a goal of going the quickest possible from point "A" to point "B", his new goal was to be the most efficient from "A" to "B". Starting from the 4.4 mpg baseline, he changed only one item at a time, and documented the effects. Through hard work and constant experimentation during "real world" freight runs, he would soon average close to 10 mpg.
Circa 1983. The same tractor as in the pic above, now modified into the first prototype AirFlow Truck. Fully aerodynamic cab, tractor skirts, full trailer skirts, wide base tires and an APU. Shown here parked in front of the Goodyear Tire Company Technical Center, Akron, Ohio. Best run: 10.54 average MPG. Again, in 1983.
Bob garnered national press coverage of his accomplishments in trade magazines and press releases. He obtained corporate sponsorships from Flex-a-lite Consolidated, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, and Cummins Diesel Engines. He was also was a technical consultant to fleets as an efficiency expert, to help them obtain fuel expense cost savings.
The goal is to now build complete tractor trailer integrated systems, utilizing innovative aerodynamic designs and materials, and to produce the most fuel efficient class 8 vehicles anywhere.
Bob currently resides in central Connecticut with his German shepherd dog Kayla. In his free time he enjoys hiking with Kayla, Home Theater, and utilizing his private pilot's license.
AirFlow Truck Company is licensed for business in the state of Connecticut.