Since 1995, Rob Graham has been one of the most visible sponsors in boat racing. This year, he becomes a team owner for the first time.
And he is excited about it.
Thirty years ago, Graham and his company – Graham Trucking, Inc. – first became involved with racing, sponsoring one of his employees 2.5 liters then moving into the Grand nationals and finally into the newly formed Unlimited Lights class. As title sponsor of Jerry and Greg Hopp’s ULHRA team, Graham Trucking enjoyed sponsorship success right out of the gates. Graham played a vital role in the UL class until 2008 when the class was broken up.
Graham’s history in the sport is deep and famous – particularly in Seattle, where Graham Trucking has, for many years, hosted VIPs and employees in their hospitality area just inside the pits at Seafair. He’s been a long-time sponsor of various unlimited hydroplanes and has been the title sponsor of the Graham Trucking Cup at Seafair, which has featured everything from Unlimited Lights hydroplanes to Grand Prix West hydroplanes, as well as the Formula 1 boats that have raced as a part of the Seafair race card for the last several years. Graham Trucking has also been the title sponsor of the Grand Prix Thunder Cup in Tri-Cities as well as title sponsor of many other local races.
Rob Graham started Graham trucking in 1983 and was a driver, mechanic, billing clerk and dispatcher until he had purchased enough trucks and hired enough drivers to support an office staff. Based at the time at terminal 115 in south Seattle Graham was primarily focused on the Alaska barge trade. Graham Trucking was one of the early pioneers of heavy containerized cargo and built many of their own super chassis to accommodate these heavy ocean containers. Graham now has one of the largest super chassis fleets for its port and barge division. They also have refrigerated and flatbed divisions dedicated to “local” short haul for perishables, Seafood and construction.
Today it is common to see Graham Trucking rigs running up and down Interstate 5 between Portland and Seattle, the I-90 corridor, and across the Pacific Northwest