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Trucker Fest 2001 boosts sore spirits

by Suzanne Stempinski, OOIDA member

Seventh Annual 
Trucker Fest 2001
Alamo Travel Center
Reno, NV
August 16-17, 2001

This year’s Trucker Fest boosted sore spirits run ragged by downturns in the economy and tough times in the trucking industry. The event kicked off with a truckers’ parade, led by Neal and Barbara Holsomback, OOIDA members from Resaca, GA, in their award-winning truck, “Plum Classy.” Trucker Fest is sponsored by the Alamo Travel Center and Newport Communications/Roadstar Magazine. Hearts and hands were lifted as 50 beautiful trucks paraded through downtown Reno. Each truck and driver was announced to the huge crowds lining Virginia Street, as the trucks rolled under the arch proclaiming Reno “The Biggest Little City in the World” and to the Alamo Travel Center. Owned and operated by the Cashell family, the Alamo employs 240 people. The entire facility sparkles – dirt has no home there – and all their facilities are top notch. The Alamo recognizes that truckdrivers have choices on where they stop for fuel, showers, food, laundry and service facilities – and it’s an easy choice to make when you’re treated right and made welcome. Beginning bright and early the next morning, vendors opened up shop in the parking lot behind the Alamo Travel Center. And before long, the aroma of freshly grilled steaks filled the air as thousands of CDL holders were treated to free dinners – simply for being truckdrivers. Musical entertainment was provided by Joey Holiday, and driver contests included an old-fashioned water balloon toss and musical hay bales. More than 8,000 fans attended a concert by country music star Neal McCoy. Truckers were admitted free and had a special seating section. Judging day dawned bright and hot. Thirty-five polished show trucks were judged in the Stars & Stripes Truck Beauty Contest. Some of the competitors had worked all night putting the finishing touches to their rigs before the dreaded and welcomed “rags down.” Despite the 100 degree heat, members of the California Highway Patrol and Nevada Highway Patrol barely broke a sweat as they inspected the show trucks from top to bottom – some even wearing white gloves and all looking for dirt in those forgotten places. One she-bear even wore a bulletproof vest – it was a standard part of her uniform (as a judge), she insisted. In the “Best Buddy” pet contests, truckers showed off furred or feathered friends.

The awards ceremony included one special new award, presented by long-time OOIDA member “Diesel Dave” Sweetman for his “Pick of the Litter”. According to Sweetman, “I thought it might be a different slant to focus on someone who shares their knowledge, is a good mentor and is, at the same time, a class act on all accounts. More than just a ‘good neighbor’ award, I hope to showcase some of the people who make a positive difference.”

Trucker Fest 2001 winners 
(OOIDA members in bold type) Class 2 - Combo 1995 & newer
1 – Rhett Butler Trucking/Larry Weaver, 
2001 KW muraled T2000 w/1998 53' Utility
2 – L&L Trucking/Jody Laroue, 2000 maroon Frtlnr Classic/2000 Manoc Van - “One Last Ride”
3 – Image Enhancers/Art Parrino, 1995 silver/raspberry Frtlnr FLD120/79 Dorsey vanClass 3 - Combo 1986-1994
1 – Sandvik Trucking/Al Scibilia & Rick Torres, 1992 Pete 379/’93 Ravens Flatbed - “Delirious Desire”
2 – H&H Trkg/Rob Harris, 1994 KW W900L/’87 Dorsey reefer - “Not Too Blue”
3 – Interstate Dist/Rick Vaders, ’89 Frtlnr FLD/’96 Alloy vanClass 7 - Bobtail 1986 & newer
1 – Trees Forever/Tim Thornhill, 1986 tan & red Pete 359
2 – Sandvik Trucking/Bill Sandvik & Chuck Prigge, 1996 white & purple Pete 379 - “Kaotic”
3 – Transport America/Theresa Ferneyhough, 1997 white Frtlnr FLD 120Class 11 - Company truck combo
1 – US Food Service/John Benavides, 1996 Intl
2 – All Coast Forest Products/Mark Sallady, 1996 Pete/1968 brown flatbed
3 – All Coast Forest Products/John Swearingen, 1997 Pete/1984 Raven flatbed
3 – Western State Wholesale/Leo Monteon, 1981 green Pete 359/1990 J&L TanksClass 12 - Company truck bobtail
1 – Midwest Continental/Bill & Joyce Rucker, 1999 blue & white KW T600
2 – All Freight/Dee Jones, 2000 black & teal Frtlnr Classic - “Bob’s Pride”
3 – EverFresh Farms/Ken Stone & Ken O’Rear, 2001 blue Pete 379 - “The Gambler”Class 13 -Specialized
1 – Bill Pierce, 1986 red & black Pete359/1999 Zieman - “Boss Hog”
2 – Pacific Water Truck/George Plaugher, 1997 white Pete 357Class 14 - Professional Show Truck
1 – Mike Humphries/Mark Strickland, 1980 yellow Pete 359Class 15A - Antique Combo
1 – Gene Smith, 1949 green Pete/1983 Fontane dropdeck - “El Turbo”
2 – Ron & Valerie Salvador,1951 orange Pete 350/1996 Turboy flatbedClass 15B - Antique bobtail
1 – Phil’s Trucking/Phil Oak, 1967 green & gold Pete 358A dump - “Green Hornet”
2 – Jim Morehouse, 1957 red Pete SUVClass 16 - First show
1 – Ted Brodsky, 2001 silver & green Pete 379
2 – Thomas & Nina England, 1996 sunfire red Pete 379Class 17 - Custom paint & graphics - combo
1 – Sandvik Trucking/Al Scibilia & Rick Torres,1992 burgundy Pete 379/1993 Ravens flatbed - “Delirious Desire”
2 – H&H Trucking/Rob Harris, 1994 blue KW W900L/1987 Dorsey reefer - “Not Too Blue”
3 – M.A.S. Enterprises/Matt Speaker, 1998 garnet red Freightliner XLT/1998 Transcraft EagleClass 18 - Custom paint - bobtail
1 – EverFresh Farms/Ken Stone & Ken O’Rear, 2001 blue Pete 379 - “The Gambler”
2 – Sandvik Trucking/Bill Sandvik & Chuck Prigge, 1996 white & purple Pete 379 - “Kaotic”Class 19 -Custom paint & mural combo
1 – L&L Trucking/Jody Laroue, 2000 maroon Freightliner Classic/2000 Manoc van - “One Last Ride”
2 – Rhett Butler Trucking/Larry Weaver, 2001 white muraled KW T2000/1998 Utility Trailer Class 21A - Interior cab only
1 – Trees Forever/Tim Thornhill, 1986 tan & red 359
2 – Bill Pierce, 1986 red & black Pete 359 - “Boss Hog”
3 – Western States Wholesale/Leo Monteon, 1981 green Pete 359Class 21B - Interior OEM sleeper
1 – Sandvik Trucking/Bill Sandvik & Chuck Prigge; 1996 white & purple Pete 379 - “Kaotic”
2 – H&H Trucking/Rob Harris, 1994 blue KW W900L - “Not Too Blue”
2 tie – Rhett Butler Trucking/Larry Weaver, 2001 white muraled KW T2000
3 – All Freight Systems/Dee Jones, 2000 black & teal Freightliner Classic - “Lost In The Fifties”Class 21C - Interior custom aftermarket sleeper
1 – Sandvik Trucking/Al Scibilia & Rick Torres, 1992 burgundy Pete 379 - “Delirious Desire”Class 22 - Engine
1 – Trees Forever/Tim Thornhill, 1986 tan & red Pete 359
2 – Sandvik Trucking/Bill Sandvik & Chuck Prigge, 1996 white & purple Pete 379 - “Kaotic”
3 tie – H&H Trucking/Rob Harris, 1994 blue KW W900L - “Not Too Blue”
3 tie – Sandvik Trucking/Al Scibilia & Rick Torres, 1992 burgundy Pete 379 - “Delirious Desire”Class 23A - Lights combo
1 – Rhett Butler Trucking/Larry Weaver, 2001 white muraled KW T2000/1998 Utility
2 tie – Interstate Distributing/Rick Vaders, 1989 Freightliner Fld/1996 van
2 tie – H&H Trucking/Rob Harris, 1994 blue KW W900L/1987 Dorsey reefer - “Not Too Blue”
3 – M.A.S. Enterprises/Matt Speaker, 1998 garnet red Freightliner XLT/1998 Transcraft EagleClass 23B - Lights bobtail
1 – Mike Humphries/Mark Strickland, 1980 Pete 359
2 – Sandvik Trucking/Bill Sandvik & Chuck Prigge, 1996 white & purple Pete 379 - “Kaotic”
3 – Everfresh Farms/Ken Stone & Ken O’Rear, 2001 blue Pete 379 - “The Gambler”Special awards
First annual Diesel Dave’s “Pick of the litter”
Gene & Hilda Smith, 1949 green Pete/1983 Fontane dropdeck - “El Turbo”People’s choice
Sandvik Trucking/Bill Sandvik & Chuck Prigge, 1996 white & purple Pete 379 - “Kaotic”Competitors’ choice
H&H Trucking/Rob Harris, 1994 blue KW W900L/1987 Dorsey reefer - “Not Too Blue” Best of show combo
Sandvik Trucking/Al Scibilia & Rick Torres, 1992 Pete 379/’93 Ravens flatbed - “Delirious Desire”

Best of show bobtail 
Trees Forever/Tim Thornhill, 1986 tan & red Pete 359

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