Texas Red by flyrod

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Composite image from 4 photographs

Canon 5D Mark 2 24-105mm 1:4 lens.
Photoshop CS6

Truck was photographes at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfiend MA, USA
Background is interior space from the Massachucetts Museum of Conteporary Art in Adams MA, USA

1948 International K3 truck


1948, international, truck, wrecker, tow truck, big rig, red, texas, hero, emergency, rescue

The name’s Flyrod. American car culture is my thing. If it rolls, roars, or rumbles I’m into it. Statistics and facts aren’t my gig. My mission is to track down and capture the infamous rides that make up pop culture, and to tell their stories.

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  • flyrod
    flyrodover 1 year ago


    A driver hauling kids in a bus from Birmingham
    Fell asleep at the wheel and got into a jam

    Eighteen kids held tight as the bus began to swerve
    Their singing turned to screams as they went into a curve

    The rear-end swung around and crashed the guardrail
    But in spite of every effort that driver couldn’t prevail

    Over the embankment to a gully down below
    A terrified driver and his passengers would go

    A witness called for help and five minutes past
    Other traffic stopped and they all were aghast

    A siren in the distance and a flashing red light
    A giant diesel wrecker was speeding through the night

    A man with guts and grit was sitting at the wheel
    They called him Texas Red and his nerves were made of steel

    He arrived at the scene and then he threw down a cable
    He rapped it to the axle and it kept the wreck stable

    As smoke poured from the cab he broke through the door
    He pulled four kids to safety and then went back for more

    He tried to save the driver after every child got out
    One more life to rescue as he fought the deadly bout

    The gas tank exploded and the cable gave way
    We lost a mighty hero on that awful winter day

    A sacrifice was made by this glory bound driver
    A mighty debt is owed to him by every survivor

    And that includes a truck that would carry on his name
    The one called Texas Red in the Truckers Hall of Fame

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 1 year ago

    Terrific picture and story, flyrod. Your imagination is endless, as is your talent.

  • What a nice comment Dot. I’m so glad you like it.

    – flyrod

  • swaby
    swabyover 1 year ago

    I agree with AuntDot, your work always leaves me speechless as well as your talent! This is stunning as always! Love the write too!

  • That’s very nice of you to say swaby. thanks

    – flyrod

  • John Velocci
    John Velocciover 1 year ago

    Excellent picture.

  • Thanks baneling

    – flyrod

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 1 year ago

    Superior work…. image and writing!!

  • Always appreciated john..

    – flyrod

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanover 1 year ago

    There’s nothing I can add to what everyone else is saying – another awesome work of art!

  • Thanks my friend.

    – flyrod

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 1 year ago

    Another winner Flyrod well done my friend.

  • Thanks Steven

    – flyrod

  • Rebecca Cozart
    Rebecca Cozartover 1 year ago

    Nice one. Posted a couple shots of the T-bird in my stream…finally out of shop and looking good.

  • Thanks Rebecca.

    – flyrod

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterover 1 year ago

    Wonderful mood and colours

  • Thanks Robyn

    – flyrod

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 1 year ago

    Awesome write up,…..reminds me of the old song ’*Big John*",…….Image and writing both *Excellent *

  • Yes John, that song crossed my mind. I’ve got some Jimmy Dean sausage cooking. Got to go. Thanks.

    – flyrod

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