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October 20, 2015

Best of 2015 SuperRigs

Kiegen Nelson’s 1985 Peterbilt 359/2014 MAC flatbed
trailer from Richfield, Wisconsin won Best of Show

The ”Best of” categories at this year’s Shell Rotella SuperRigs, which I had the pleasure of judging again this year, are as different as they are exceptional (see the full list of winners in the previous blog). 

This year’s "Best of" winners included: 

Best of Show
Kiegen Nelson’s 1985 Peterbilt 359/2014 MAC flatbed trailer from Richfield, Wisconsin won Best of Show. The big winner, Nelson received $10,000 from Shell Rotella and $5,000 from MAC trailer, plus a place in the 2016 Rotella SuperRigs Calendar. 

This exceptional 3 million mile Pete 359 is very understated, and the quality of the work is exceptional. 

The outstanding finish on the flatbed trailer with strap winches on display was incredible. Also note the Double Eagle sleeper. These used to be found on all the famous show trucks but are gone now.

Best of Show  – First Runner Up
Best of Show First Runner Up went to Phil Miller Livestock for this 2010 Peterbilt 389/2015 Wilson Livestock trailer out of Amargosa Valley, Nevada. This big white bull hauler is constantly in and out of fields and farms. It’s astonishing that Miller can keep it up so well. 
Best of Show  – Second Runner Up
Marciano Esparza Sandoval’s 1991 Peterbilt 379 Extended Hood/2003 Fontaine 53’ Flatbed came all the way from Salinas, California, to win Best of Show – Second Runner Up. It was one of three trucks to make the trip, and all three featured death’s head designs.

Most Hardworking Truck
The prize for Hardworking Truck went to Paul Rissler’s 1996 Peterbilt 379/2008 Great Dane. The truck, out of California, Mississippi has 1.5 million miles and looks better than the day it was built.

Show Truck
The Show truck title went to Ramon R. Rodriguez with his 2015 Peterbilt 389 Trailer: Western 2015 Step Deck out of Salinas, California. The nightmare muraled Pete has incredible detail in the illustrations all over the truck and trailer. And, whether or not you like death heads, you have to admit Rodriguez follows through on the theme even down to the rear lighting on the trailer. 
Best Chrome
The Best Chrome award went to Joe Regalado’s,1997 Peterbilt 379 out of Von Ormy, Texas, for its super attention to detail. Not so apparent is the 7-inch chop to the cab roof. The shallowness of the side window shows how much was removed.

Best Engine
Phil Miller Livestock,  Amargosa Valley, Nevada, won Best Engine for this extremely tidy and well detailed Caterpillar C-15. Note the pin striping on the underside of the fenders.

Best Theme
Best Theme went to Dustin Pope, 2003 Kenworth W900L/2010 Utility 3000R Reefer, Greenville, Texas. The detail in the mural on both sides of Pope’s trailer features a Western theme. This shows just one of many, many subtle figures hidden in the mural of Dustin Pope’s muraled trailer. Whimsical figures are to be found throughout the Western themed mural.

Best Interior
Daniel and Phyllis Snow’s 1996 Freightliner Classic XL, from Harrison, Arkansas, took Best Interior. Many of the interiors in the competing trucks were highly customized but none one could boast quite the level of comfort found in Snow’s custom sleeper with all the comforts of home, including a shower.


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