the panel of four judges completed their voting at this year's
Rotella SuperRigs contest, all three of the Best of Show winners
were OOIDA members.
Bilik Jr. of Santa Clarita, CA, was named Best of Show winner.
Bilik also won the top prize in 2001. His black, orange and heavily
chromed 2001 Peterbilt 379 tractor-trailer, known as "Peterrod,"
features a hot rod theme, complete with a chrome kickstand and
a stainless steel undercarriage covering that extended from the
transmission to the rear trailer axle.
Wyrick of Mansfield, OH, was the runner up winner for Best of
Show. His 1998 Western Star features a Mardi Gras theme. John
O'Rourke Jr. of Hammonton, NJ, was third with his 1990 Pete 379.
an opening day of heavy rain followed by two days of strong winds
and hot sun, more than 90 contestants from 23 states and four
Canadian provinces participated in the 21st annual Rotella SuperRigs
Truck Beauty Contest June 19-21 at the TravelCenters of America
truckstop in Lodi, OH.
competed for $10,000 in cash and prizes, plus an opportunity to
appear in the 2004 Rotella SuperRigs calendar. The contest was
sponsored by Shell Rotella T engine oil. Judges scored the rigs
on exterior appearance, design, detail and workmanship. Only working
trucks operating in interstate or intrastate commerce were eligible.
State DOT authority or ICC numbers on the truck were required
for proof of entry.
2004 calendars will be available in November 2003 through Shell
distributors, and via the Internet at www.ROTELLA.com.
the other categories, there were more OOIDA members than not in
the winner's circle. The winners included:
Vladimir Bilik Jr., Santa Clarita, CA; '01 Peterbilt 379
Rusty Wyrick, Mansfield, OH; '98 Western Star
John O'Rourke Jr., Hammonton, NJ; '90 Peterbilt 379
Mark Kienbaum, New Molstein, WI; '00 Peterbilt 359
Brad Eaton, Hampton, MN; '03 Peterbilt 379
William A. Sandvik, Valley Center, CA; '98 Peterbilt 379
Jody and Laurie Laroue, Sault Ste. Marie, MN; '00 Freightliner
Jake Eilen, Hampton, MN; '03 Peterbilt 379
Sam Watson, Weston, WV; '74 Kenworth W900A
Rick Walker, Fort Lupton, CO; '53 Peterbilt 350-A
Larry and Kim Dyck, Winnipeg, Manitoba; '87 Peterbilt 359
David Marcotte, Momence, IL; '92 Peterbilt 379
Billy Baker, St. Catherines, Ontario; '82 Peterbilt
Harvey and Karen Zander, St. Louis Park, MN; '03 International
Shelley and Robert Brinker, Grayling, MI; '00 Freightliner Classic
Brian Jones, North Brunswick, NJ; '99 Kenworth W900L
Mike Schoen, Median, OH; '95 Freightliner Classic
Tony and Robin Bartels; Kahoka, MO; '94 Peterbilt 379
Arthur Boisclair, Fall River, MA; '01 Kenworth W900