Peterbilt and OOIDA sponsor Road America Super Truck Concours d’Elegance

| Monday, August 11, 2003

While 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.

Trucks will be featured at the Elkhart Lake, WI, track from Aug. 22 through Aug. 24.

Sharing 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.

Peterbilt 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.

For 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.

As 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 road.

Preliminary requests for entry forms indicate this event will draw more show trucks than many of the truckers’ jamborees. As many as 60 entries are expected.

Among 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 LED lamps.

OOIDA 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.

There’s 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 race trucks.

Look 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 379X.

And 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.

-by the Land Line staff

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