|Jake Lindamood won Best of Show with this heavy haul tractor.|
Beautiful theme throuout and perfect execution for a truck
that works hard. Lindamood took home $15,000 in prizes.
For this event, truckers come from all over the United States and Canada for a chance to take top prizes and for a brief moment of immortality should they be chosen to appear in the Rotella SuperRigs calendar.
|Best lights went to the blue dump outfit of Luke Leister,|
who was also nominated to a Limited Mileage award.
Hundreds of blue lights wowed the crowd on Joplin’s streets.
This time it was more of a thank you, as truckers moved out of the parking lot Friday night and headed for the closed off streets of downtown Joplin for a parade and downtown where the top rigs could show off their lights.
|One of the few cabover was this ’95 Freightliner FLB|
customized to look like an ’85 took second in Tractor Trailer
for Andre Bellemare down from Quebec for the show.
The city responded with a fireworks display for the thousands of residents who walked the warm evening streets to admire the trucks.
As in last few years, 2016 judges were Jami Jones for Land Line Magazine; Eric Harley; the host of Red Eye Radio; Cliff Abbott from The Trucker newspaper; and me, Steve Sturgess, representing a slew of magazines around the world.
|The Hard Working prize went to Chad Berry. The award|
is given by the other contestants, who certainly; know a thing
or two about hard work!
When they reappear for the judging, it is a tough task for the judges to decide whether the gorgeous tractors and tractor-trailers are true working trucks, as required by the judging rules, or just “trailer queens” that just do the show circuit.
|The dragon theme all over Uno Mas earned|
Best Theme and mention in Working Truck -
Limited Mileage to give Suzanne Rodriguez
two trophies to take home.
Now, judges are aided by Doug Morris who is the director of security operations for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and who comes with a career’s experience in enforcement. As an expert in looking at registration, DOT numbers and the rest he can attest to the working status of the trucks.
There’s also a mileage database that records odometer readings at the shows to check on the true mileages these rigs drive through the year. Shell wants the show to be for working trucks. Rotella lubricant’s brand is the number one for hard-working trucks and Shell wants to keep that association strong.
|The most unusual truck on the parking lot|
was this R-Model Mack. Built for a
customer by Justin Dickerson, the RD is a
1991 with outstanding details all around.
So the trucks came – always some shut down for the week, getting on site early to start the task of cleaning to make them favorites or top candidates for the calendar. And the two goals are totally different. Only Best of Show is guaranteed a spot on the calendar.
After the awards ceremony, he said “We won Best of Show and got picked for the SuperRigs calendar which was super exciting. Winning Best of Show was huge and we are just beyond thrilled about it.” He was also no doubt thrilled to be taking home $15,000 in prize money.
Get complete 2016 Shell Rotella SuperRigs Results here.