OOIDA member wins Big Honkin' Truck Makeover

| 4/24/2008

Donald Wolford Jr., an OOIDA member from Greencastle, PA, was named the grand prize winner of the third annual Castrol Tection Extra Big Honkin’ Truck Makeover contest.

The announcement was made March 29 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY.

“This is truly a dream come true,” Donald said. “I have been driving big rigs for 20 years, and this will provide me the career boost so I am able to stay on the road for 20 more.”

Wolford’s 1977 900A Kenworth will receive a $50,000 truck interior, exterior and communications makeover customized by The Chrome Shop Mafia and 4 State Trucks Inc. The makeover will include products from the following sponsors:

  • Go Green Fuel Hydrogen Enrichment Technology system
  • Continental Tire North America
  • Alcoa Wheels
  • National Seating
  • Sirius Satellite Radio
  • Grote Industries
  • Your Truck Stop

Wolford was in Louisville to accept his prize, with his wife, Maria, and two daughters cheering loud and proud. Wolford uses his truck to support his family by delivering paper and boat supply products.

From Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, visitors to Castrol’s Big Honkin’ Truck Makeover Web site had an opportunity to vote for their favorite makeover entry online. The online votes were tallied and added to those collected at MATS from attendees during the final round of voting on March 27-28. Wolford’s enthusiasm won over his trucking peers and the general public.

Along with the grand prize winner there were also two finalists.

Tim Heddins took home the first-place prize, which was a $3,000 gift card from BP Amoco PLC that can be used on fuel, convenience goods and merchandise at any BP location. Heddins had entered his 1989 Kenworth, which drives cattle and has been to every state in the U.S. except Hawaii and Alaska.

The second-place winner is Hendrik Kramer who entered his 1984 Freightliner. Kramer received a $500 gift card good toward the purchase of electronics for his truck. All three winners will receive a year’s supply of Castrol Tection Extra.

The runners-up also had family at the event, wearing home-made T-shirts and handing out flyers in support of their favorite trucks.

Wolford’s newly refurbished 900A Kenworth will be unveiled at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas on Aug. 21-23. Starting in mid-April consumers are encouraged to log on to www.castroltruckmakeover.com to see photos and video of the winner announcement that occurred at MATS.

In late spring the Chrome Shop Mafia will begin work on Wolford’s truck, and the Web site will play host to the truck makeover in process. Fans are encouraged to visit the site throughout the summer as the 900A Kenworth is transformed before their eyes.