Stars & Stripes at Louisville: spectacular!

| Wednesday, March 27, 2002

OOIDA member Kim Grimm was honored with the "Pick of the Litter" award. Later, Kim got a hug from presenter Neal Holsomback, also an OOIDA member (pictured above.)

Miserable weather in Louisville last week may have had cold, wet truckers competing in the second annual Paul K. Young Memorial Truck beauty contest asking themselves: why the heck do we do this? The answer was provided on Saturday, when the biting cold gave way to brilliant sunshine, electrifying the chrome and illuminating those remarkable paint jobs.

Presented by Newport Communications as a Stars & Stripes event, the competition was sponsored by Avery Dennison, Bostrom, Chevron, Continental Tires, and Peterbilt. OOIDA donated six fully paid memberships, good for a year.

Awards were presented Saturday morning. Before the winners were announced, a moment of silence was observed in honor of Land Line senior editor, Ruth Jones, who died of cancer in June 2001. Ruth and her husband, Dee Jones, were avid competitors with a black and teal Freightliner, "Lost in the Fifties," owned by All Freight Systems of Kansas City, KS, driven by Dee Jones.

OOIDA members Suzanne Stempinski and Neal Holsomback served as presenters.

Best of Show Combo went to Bill Sandvik and Sandvik Trucking for their maroon and pink 1992 Peterbilt 379 and 1993 Ravens flatbed trailer, nicknamed "Delirious Dezire."

Best of Show Bobtail was awarded to Justin Thornhill and Trees Forever for their tan and maroon 1986 Peterbilt 359.

Diesel Dave Sweetman surprised OOIDA member Kim Grimm with special recognition for her many contributions, her spirit and sense of competition. The award, known as Diesel Dave's Pick of the Litter Award, was presented by Sweetman, who is also an OOIDA member. Kim also took home the first place prize for Interior OEM Sleeper for the blue and black 1999 KW W900L, "Illusion," owned by Kim and Rod Grimm.

Prizes were also awarded in each of 30 classes. First place winners in each class were as follows:
New Truck Combo: Muirhead Trucking/Keith Bell - Black Cherry & White 2002 Pete 379 with 2000 Great Dane Stainless Reefer, "Texas Nights"
Combo 2000 and Newer: Dan & Katie Kimball - White & Orange 2000 KW W900/2000 Utility Spread Axle Trailer - "Twice Upon a Dream"
Combo 1998-1999: Tropic Breeze Transport/David Geer - Maroon 1998 Pete 379/1998 Utility Spread-Axle Trailer - "Marooned"
Combo 1990 - 1997: David & Diane Marcotte - Red 1992 Pete 379/1978 Heil Tanker - "Liquid Chicken"
Combo 1978 - 1989: Leonard & Charlene Testerman - Red 1983 Pete 359/1997 Reitnour Step Deck Trailer - "Rolling Thunder"
Combo Company Truck: Clark Freightlines/Cris Cribb - Black 1996 KW T600/1996 Stoughton -- "Stylin' and Profilin'"
Bobtail New Truck: Donny & Diana Harper - Omaha Orange 2002 Pete 379 - "Wildcat"
Bobtail 2000 and Newer: Buzz & Carol Sweeden - White & Blue 2001 KW W900 "Simple Pleasures"
Bobtail 1996-1999: Sandvik Trucking/Chuck Prigge - White&Purple 1996 Pete 379 - "Kaotic"
Bobtail 1978 - 1989: Trees Forever/Justin Thornhill - Tan & Maroon 1986 Pete 359
Bobtail 1977 and Older: Orr Trucking/Marty Orr - Maroon&Burgundy 1967 Pete 351-A -- "No Tilt"
Bobtail Company Truck: RK Transport Inc./Jeffrey Wheeler - Blue 2000 Pete 379 -- "Midnight Dream"
Specialized Combo: L. Blondeau & Sons Trucking/John Vandeville - Teal 1998 KW W900/2002 Dump Train
Specialized Bobtail: Ernie's Wrecker/Ernie Vole - Viper Red 1999 Pete 378 Wrecker -- "ShowTime"
Professional Show Truck Combo: CBF Trucking/Clarence Falk - Green 1999 Pete 379/1999 Great Dane Van - "Flagship"
Professional Show Truck Bobtail: NMMC,Inc./Dan Feeley - White 2000 Pete 379
Antique Non-Working: Double JJ Enterprises/Jerry & Gail Jeffries - Red 1929 Fageol Flatbed
Expedited Truck: LMK Expediting/Loren Kelsey - Maroon 2001 Western Star
First Show Combo: K&L Chrome/Kelvin Locklear - Silver 1999 KW W900L/1996 Competition Trailer - "The Unknown"
First Show Bobtail: ICE Fast Freight/Larry Davis - Blue 2001 Freightliner Classic "Just Chillin'"
Interior Cab Only: Trees Forever/Justin Thornhill - Tan&Maroon 1986 Pete 359
Interior OEM Sleeper: Rod & Kim Grimm - Blue & Black 1999 KW W900L - "Illusion"
Interior Aftermarket Sleeper: Donny & Diana Harper - Omaha Orange 2002 Pete 379 - "Wildcat"
Interior Expedite: TST Expedite/John Wininger - White 2002 Freightliner FL106
Custom Paint/Graphics Combo: Dan & Katie Kimball - White & Orange 2000 KW W900/2000 Utility Spread Axle Reefer - "Twice Upon A Dream"
Custom Paint/Graphics Bobtail: Sandvik Trucking/Chuck Prigge - White & Purple 1996 Pete 379 "Kaotic"
Custom Paint/Mural Combo: Tropic Breeze Transport/David Geer - Maroon 1998 Pete 379/1998 Utility Spread-Axle Trailer - "Marooned"
Custom Paint/Mural Bobtail: Donny & Diana Harper - Omaha Orange 2002 Pete 379 - "Wildcat"
Engine: Trees Forever/Justin Thornhill - Tan&Maroon 1986 Pete 359
Lights Combo: Tropic Breeze Transport/David Geer - Maroon 1998 Pete 379/1998 Utility Spread-Axle Trailer - "Marooned"
Lights Bobtail: Buzz & Carol Sweeden - White & Blue 2001 KW W900 "Simple Pleasures"
Diesel Dave's Pick of the Litter Award: Rod & Kim Grimm - Blue & Black 1999 KW W900L - "Illusion"

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