Friday, June 3, Kenly, NC – While trucks design evolves and styles change, each year at SuperRigs there is always a reflection of the past great show trucks and the legacy they leave behind.
This year’s competition is taking place at the Kenly 95 Petro, Exit 106, Kenly, NC. Kicking off day two at the Shell Rotella SuperRigs, that legacy rolled through the judging line in the shape of a black and orange 2007 Peterbilt 379 driven by Cory Radtke and owned by OOIDA Member Vinnie Diorio of Richfield, WI.
The truck was once owned by Jake Eilen who was killed in a car wreck on Nov. 23, 2008. While Eilen owned the truck, it ran for Vinnie’s company, Rollin’ Transport. Following Eilen’s death, Vinnie purchased the truck from the Eilen family and made it a tribute to his friend.
“It was always ‘the blue truck with silver flames,’” Vinnie said. “It’s black and orange now, and if Jake were here right now, he’d want it this way.”
Vinnie and the Eilen family have always been top-notch competitors at SuperRigs and other shows around the country, but that fierce competition never got in the way of friendship.
“We always helped each other out,” Vinnie said.
That legacy of helping out fellow competitors isn’t exclusive to Vinnie and the Eilen family; it’s all over the lot. As competitors continue to clean and get ready for their turn in the judging line, ladders are being moved truck to truck to help polish stacks. Kids are grabbing rags and helping polish tires. It’s a family affair, and the family is the trucking community at large.
Judging continues until 5 p.m. tonight, with the parade starting at the Iowa 80 Group’s Kenly Petro at 6 p.m. The night’s festivities wrap up with a concert and lights competition at dark.
Saturday morning will be the final four hours of judging from 8 a.m. to noon, with the awards presentation at 1 p.m.