Showers and thunderstorms may have led to the cancellation of some of the outdoor events at the 35th Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs truck show in Tulsa on Thursday night. But the wet weather didn’t put much of a damper on the competitive spirit of the truckers who are participating.
In spite of multiple showers that dropped between 2 and 4 inches of rain across eastern Oklahoma, show truck competitors were able to pull into a building in the Tulsa Expo Square to avoid damage to their rigs. Reports of funnel clouds in the area of the expo center forced a shelter-in-place situation for competitors still on site and for attendees at the Tony Justice concert on Thursday night.
“Everybody’s back out today, having a great time, and the trucks still look amazing since they literally didn’t have to weather the storm last night,” said Land Line Managing Editor Jami Jones, who is serving as a judge at this year’s competition.
The continuing threat of thunderstorms and severe weather has forced some modifications to the rest of the show schedule, according to a post on Shell Rotella’s Facebook page. The truck parade has been canceled, and Friday night’s concert with Mid Life Crisis Band has been moved indoors to the Exchange Center, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The show, which is considered 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. Saturday’s schedule includes the awards presentation at 5 p.m.
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.
A bulletin from the National Weather Service warns that the risk of heavy rains and severe thunderstorms remains elevated for Friday and into Saturday morning. A flash flood watch remains in effect for the region until 7 a.m. on Saturday.
For updates on the schedule, be sure to follow Shell Rotella’s social media and Land Line Managing Editor Jami Jones.