By Jami Jones
There are great-looking trucks and then there are SuperRigs – with serious emphasis on “super.”
The 28th Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition held June 10-12 in Lexington, VA, lived up to its name and long tradition of identifying the best of the best working show trucks on the road.
OOIDA Member Todd Roccapriore and his wife, Beth, from Hebron, CT, racked up a lengthy list of awards including Best of Show with their 2004 Peterbilt 379 and 2010 40-foot Mac dump trailer, dubbed the “Widow Maker.”
As the awards ceremony kicked off, Roccapriore walked circles on the stage, never really able to make it off stage, during the awarding of specialty division categories. Just about the time he was done collecting his trophy for best interior, his name was being called for best theme – then best chrome, best lights and best engine.
“It’s way overwhelming to me; who would have ever thought,” Todd told Land Line following the awards.
As he continued to collect the specialty awards, Beth eventually shook the look of disbelief off her face and made her way to the front of the stage.
“I was shocked – very, very shocked at first,” Beth told Land Line. “There’s so much competition out there that even if you get one award you’re excited. But getting awards for everything is overwhelming.”
“Then I had to help him carry them off because he couldn’t hold them all,” she said with a laugh.
Roccapriore eventually made his break from the stage as awards for the Classic, Tractor and Tractor-Trailer divisions began.
The couple was joined in the Best of Show division by OOIDA Member Jerry Beaudoin from Southington, CT, who took first runner-up with his 2007 Peterbilt and 2007 J&J end dump.
Second runner-up was Jonathan Eilen from Hampton, MN, with his 2010 Peterbilt 389 and 2007 Mac round tub trailer.
Aside from Best of Show honors, competitors have a lot of pride at being presented with the People’s Choice award. That went to OOIDA Member Jerry Kissinger of Stoughton, WI, and his 1981 Mack Superliner, “Thumper.” LL