LeMans-type racecars and STRANA Class 8 Super Trucks speed around
Road America’s world-class, 4-mile road-racing course, the National
Association of Show Trucks will conduct the Road America Super
Trucks Concours d’Elegance (which means "a walkway among
the elegant") for show trucks.
will be featured at the Elkhart Lake, WI, track from Aug. 22 through
the program with the American LeMans Series sports racing cars,
big rigs will race too. Specially prepared Class 8 tractors from
the Super Truck Racing Association of North America will burn
up the track. But in the wonderful world of trucking, not all
the competition is seen doing 120 miles an hour or more. Some
of the most spectacular big rigs will compete just standing still.
and OOIDA will jointly sponsor the show truck event during the
ALMS/STRANA weekend. This is the newest event in the Truck-Lite
Trophy Series to determine the national champion show truck.
the past six years, the most beautiful chrome-laden, specially
painted and mural-adorned bobtail tractors and tractor-trailer
combinations have competed for one of trucking’s most prestigious
awards, the Truck-Lite Trophy, sponsored by Truck-Lite, a manufacturer
of safety lighting and other components and accessories.
you travel from Gate 1 toward the Billy Mitchell Bridge (the route
to the paddock), you’ll see freight-hauling working trucks like
you’ve never seen them before, glistening along the access road.
Bobtails will be trackside, and combinations will be across the
requests for entry forms indicate this event will draw more show
trucks than many of the truckers’ jamborees. As many as 60 entries
the featured trucks are the winners of the Truck-Lite Trophy for
2001 and 2002. The 2001 winner, Ron Baird of Thornton, IN, drives
an emerald green 1999 Peterbilt 379 with handmade hardwood floors,
inlayed with four kinds of wood, and custom cabinetry in the sleeper.
He pulls a dry-bulk tanker for Hoffman Transportation. There are
murals on both tractor and trailer, and almost 300 Truck-Lite
members Jody and Laurie Laroue, Sault St. Marie, Ontario, won
the Truck-Lite Trophy for 2002. They both drive their 2000 Freightliner
Classic XL, “One Last Ride.” It has a highly chromed 550 hp Caterpillar
engine. Both tractor and 53-foot dry van trailer have murals that
memorialize Jody Laroue's parents, both deceased. The mural depicts
Jody’s father as a stagecoach driver, taking Jody's mother, the
passenger, for “One Last Ride.” The combination boasts more than
500 Truck-Lite LEDs.
a good chance that you’ll see the next Truck-Lite Trophy winner,
the 2003 NAST national champion show truck, here at Road America.
Just as there are custom cars and hot rods, concours d’elegance
cars and road racers at Road America, you’ll see show trucks and
for OOIDA General Vice President Woody Chambers and his wife,
Paula, along with the association’s tour truck to be there. Peterbilt
will be there, too, with their newest model, the elegant and classy
as usual, Land Line Technical Editor Paul Abelson will
work the races as a pit marshal when he’s not down looking at
the super trucks.
the Land Line staff