With almost a quarter century of driving under his belt, Bruce Doering had never been to the Mid-America Trucking Show, and says he rarely enters prize drawings.
Fortunately for Bruce, he attended the 2007 MATS in Louisville, KY, and was one of 7,500 drivers to enter the Great American Insurance Group’s Big Rig Giveaway.
The OOIDA member from Janesville, WI, won a 2002 Freightliner Classic XL customized by 4 State Trucks Inc., home of the Chrome Shop Mafia in Joplin, MO.
“I wasn’t even going to sign up because I think nobody ever wins these things,” Bruce told Land Line. “So much for ‘nobody ever wins it.’ ”
Bruce said he attended the show with a group of four friends on Thursday, March 22. He left Louisville Friday, March 23, to finish his regular route from Chicago to Nashville.
On Saturday, March 24, Bruce got a call from Great American saying he’d won the truck. He quickly headed back to Louisville to take another gander.
Bruce said he visited with employees of the Chrome Shop Mafia who showed him how they’d customized his new truck.
“It looked a lot better than it did the first time,” Bruce said, laughing.
The Freightliner includes a navy blue paint job with hand-painted graphics of American monuments. The interior has a new red, white and blue dashboard, chrome detailing, an in-cab monitor of blind spots shown by a video camera mounted outside, and a full-color illustration of an American Bald Eagle in the sleeper.
Bruce has been an OOIDA member for three years, and said he has been insured by Cincinnati-based Great American’s trucking insurance division since April 2006, according to a press release.
The truck is expected to be delivered to Bruce’s house in late April. Bruce said it’s “way too nice for me to have.”
In the meantime, the OOIDA member is preparing to sell his 2005 Kenworth tractor.
“I’m sure I’ll find something to do,” he said. “I’ll start entering more drawings.”
–By Charlie Morasch, staff writer