The 25th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition for working trucks begins Thursday, June 21, in Joplin, MO, at the Petro. Owner-operators from across the U.S. and Canada will compete Thursday through Saturday for cash and prizes valued at $25,000.
Additionally, 13 drivers will be selected to have their trucks featured in the 2008 Shell SuperRigs calendar.
Trucks are judged by industry professionals who work for major trucking publications and broadcast companies. Land Line Magazine Senior Editor Jami Jones is in Joplin for the rest of week as one of the judges. Jones says judges score the rigs on exterior appearance, design, detail/finish, originality, and workmanship.
In total, 25 working trucks receive awards for categories such as Best of Show, Tractor, Tractor/Trailer Combination and Classic categories.
This year, to honor the 25th anniversary of the competition, Shell Rotella will award one owner-operator with a $50,000 truck makeover by S&J Truck Sales of Fort Wayne, IN. S&J built the “Best of Show” winning truck at the 2007 Mid-America Trucking Show Big-Rig Build-Off, as well as the “People’s Choice” winning truck at the 2006 Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition. Partners for the makeover contest include Bridgestone, Alcoa and Pana-Pacific.
To be considered for the truck makeover, entrants were able to register online or via U.S. mail. Additionally, entries will be accepted in person at the event on June 21 and 22.
Entered vehicles must be in good mechanical condition, be road-worthy, and be used by the owner in conducting his/her own transport business. Entrants are required to submit a story explaining why they believe they should win the makeover.
The truck beauty and makeover contests are free to all participants. Every entrant will receive a gift package consisting of one gallon of Shell Rotella T, one gallon of Shell Rotella Extended Life Coolant, one tube of Shell Retinax LX Fifth Wheel Grease, one quart of Shell Spirax EW Gear Oil, a 25th Anniversary Shell SuperRigs T-shirt and baseball cap, and a 2007 Shell Rotella SuperRigs Calendar.
The truck beauty contest entrants can register on site upon arrival and enter the judging line whenever they are ready. Judging is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, June 21 and 22, and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 23.
Judging takes about 20 minutes, and contestants do not need to be present to win. The presentation ceremony for the awards is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.
Along with the above categories, awards will also be given in specialized categories such as “Best Chrome,” “Best Theme,” “Best Mural,” “Best Lights,” “People’s Choice” and several others. The “Best Lights” judging is scheduled at dark on Friday evening, and the “People’s Choice” award will be voted on throughout the event by all contestants and spectators.
In addition to the truck beauty contest, there will be entertainment including a Friday night concert from former American Idol contestant Carmen Rasmusen. Joey Holiday will also perform throughout the event.
Look for the “Spirit of the American Trucker” and visit with Howard and Pam Hart. You can sign up or renew your OOIDA membership for only $25 – a savings of $20 off the regular price.
Additionally, the event will feature activities, contests and prizes for drivers not participating in the truck beauty contest.
The Joplin Petro Stopping Center is located at Exit 4 on Interstate 44.