Bilik rolls on, takes Best of Show at Trucker Fest

| Tuesday, August 12, 2003

OOIDA members placed in every category of the Stars and Stripes Truck event at Trucker Fest, Aug. 7-9 at the Reno/Sparks, NV, Alamo Petro.

Best of Show was awarded to OOIDA member Vladimir Bilik Jr., doing business as “In the Wind Trucking,” Santa Clarita, CA.

Bilik wowed the crowd and, importantly, the judges with his black and orange Peterbilt, “Peterod.” In mid-June, Bilik won Best of Show at the Bordentown Junction NAST Truck-Lite Trophies Series. In the same month, he and the hot rod Pete won Shell Rotella’s SuperRigs Best of Show for the second time.

The next Stars and Stripes Show Truck Event is scheduled for Aug. 21-23 at the Great Salt Lake Truck Show.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association was a sponsor of the Trucker Fest event, along with PetroStopping Centers, Peterbilt Motors Co., Chevron DELO, Long Haul Truck Appearance Products, PPG Industries, Belmor Heavy Truck Products, Newport’s RoadStar Magazine, Rockwood Industries, Alcoa Wheel Products, Goodyear Tire Co., Interstate Distributing Co. and USexpress.

Here’s the winners:

COMBO

1. Sandvik Trucking/Bill Sandvik – 1998 white and blue Peterbilt 379/1993 Ravens flatbed  

2. McLane Transport/Mike Haertling – 1997 red and white Kenworth W900L/1998 Great Dane Reefer – “Mad Max”

3. Rod and Kim Grimm – 1999 blue and black Kenworth W900L/2001Utility reefer – “Illusion”

4. CTR Trucking/John Testa – 2002 black cherry Peterbilt 379/2003 Rogue Transfer Dump

5. CBF Trucking/Clarence Falk – 1998 purple muraled Peterbilt 379/2003 Great Dane van

BOBTAIL

1. Tri-State Commodities/Todd Stockman – 2002 Kenworth W900L – “Toad’s Pad”

2. Lewis Trucking/Chris Lewis – 1999 white and powder blue Peterbilt 379 – “New Identity”

3. Sandvik Trucking/Carl Lux – 1992 maroon Peterbilt 379 – “Deliriouz Dezire”

4. EverFresh Farms/Vetta Todd and Terry Korn – 1998 blue Peterbilt 379 – “911”

5. EverFresh Farms/Ken Stone and Ken O’Rear – 2000 blue Peterbilt 379 – “The Gambler”

CLASSIC

1. Trees Forever/Tony King – 1986 maroon and beige Peterbilt 359

2. Ray Avila – 1960 red and cream Autocar

3. Gene Smith – 1949 green Peterbilt – “El Turbo”

4. Sandvik Trucking/Marc Simpson – 1987 black and gray Peterbilt 359

5. Phil Oak – 1967 green and gold Peterbilt 358A – “Green Hornet”

LIGHTS COMBO

1. CTR Trucking/John Testa – 2002 black cherry Peterbilt 379/2003 Rogue Transfer Dump

2. McLane Transport/Mike Haertling – 1997 red and white KW W900L/1998 Great Dane reefer – “Mad Max”

3. In The Wind Trucking/Vladimir Bilik – 2001 black and orange Peterbilt 379/2001 Great Dane reefer – “Peterod”

LIGHTS BOBTAIL

1. EverFresh Farms/Ken Stone and Ken O’Rear – 2000 blue Peterbilt379 – “The Gambler”

2. CBF Trucking/Elmer Hansen – 1999 green Peterbilt 379 –  “Flagship”

3. Lewis Trucking/Chris Lewis – 1999 white and powder blue Peterbilt 379 – “New Identity”

BEST OF SHOW

1          1. In The Wind Trucking/Vladimir Bilik – 2001 black and orange Peterbilt 379/2001 Great Dane reefer – “Peterod”

2. Western Distributing – 1953 bluish Peterbilt 350A/2001 Utility reefer – “Miss Behavin’ ”

3. Sandvik Trucking/Chuck Prigge – 1996 white and purple Peterbilt 379 - “Kaotic”