Shell crowns first two-time winner of Rotella SuperRigs contest

| 7/14/2003

When 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.

Vladimir 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.

Rusty 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.

Braving 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.

Contestants 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.

The 2004 calendars will be available in November 2003 through Shell distributors, and via the Internet at

In the other categories, there were more OOIDA members than not in the winner's circle. The winners included:


1. Vladimir Bilik Jr., Santa Clarita, CA; '01 Peterbilt 379

2. Rusty Wyrick, Mansfield, OH; '98 Western Star

3. John O'Rourke Jr., Hammonton, NJ; '90 Peterbilt 379


1. Mark Kienbaum, New Molstein, WI; '00 Peterbilt 359

2. Brad Eaton, Hampton, MN; '03 Peterbilt 379

3. William A. Sandvik, Valley Center, CA; '98 Peterbilt 379

4. Jody and Laurie Laroue, Sault Ste. Marie, MN; '00 Freightliner Classic XL

5. Jake Eilen, Hampton, MN; '03 Peterbilt 379


1. Sam Watson, Weston, WV; '74 Kenworth W900A

2. Rick Walker, Fort Lupton, CO; '53 Peterbilt 350-A

3. Larry and Kim Dyck, Winnipeg, Manitoba; '87 Peterbilt 359

4. David Marcotte, Momence, IL; '92 Peterbilt 379

5. Billy Baker, St. Catherines, Ontario; '82 Peterbilt


1. Harvey and Karen Zander, St. Louis Park, MN; '03 International 9900 IX

2. Shelley and Robert Brinker, Grayling, MI; '00 Freightliner Classic XL

3. Brian Jones, North Brunswick, NJ; '99 Kenworth W900L

4. Mike Schoen, Median, OH; '95 Freightliner Classic

5. Tony and Robin Bartels; Kahoka, MO; '94 Peterbilt 379


1. Arthur Boisclair, Fall River, MA; '01 Kenworth W900