Despite threat of severe weather in Oklahoma, SuperRigs show goes on

By Land Line staff | Thursday, May 18, 2017

Organizers of the 35th Anniversary Shell Rotella SuperRigs show are keeping a close eye on weather conditions in Tulsa this weekend, due to the threat of severe storms in the Tulsa, Okla., area.

A bulletin from the National Weather Service warns that the risk of heavy rains and severe thunderstorms is elevated from Thursday evening, with another round of strong to severe storms expected Friday and into Saturday morning. A flash flood watch is scheduled to be in effect from 7 p.m. Thursday until 7 a.m. on Saturday.

An 8:30 p.m. performance Thursday night by country music artist and professional trucker Tony Justice has been moved inside due to the threat of severe weather.

For updates on the schedule, be sure to follow Shell Rotella’s social media and Land Line Managing Editor Jami Jones, who is serving as a judge in the show truck competition.

“We have some challenges going with the weather … but it’s certainly not the most interesting weather we’ve had at a SuperRigs,” Jones said in an interview with Land Line Now. “We judged one year in a tropical storm down in Wildwood, Fla., so we are capable of looking at trucks in sideways rain if need be.”

Friday’s schedule of events is supposed to include a truck parade to downtown Tulsa and a concert by The Fabulous Mid Life Crisis Band. Saturday’s schedule includes the awards presentation, vendors and a DJ during the show.

The show, which is considered to be the “Super Bowl” of show truck competitions, opened Thursday morning at the Tulsa Expo Square. The show is scheduled to run from Thursday through Saturday.

Trucks entered in SuperRigs are judged by industry professionals who work for major trucking publications or broadcast companies. The judges score the rigs on exterior appearance, design, detail/finish, originality and workmanship.

“We’re seeing a lot of really good trucks; a lot of new ones are coming in for the first time,” Jones said. “This is probably one of the tougher first days of the show that I’ve had to judge since I’ve been doing it.”

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