'The Beast' wins first Mid-America Big Rig Build-Off

| Wednesday, April 06, 2005

At a show where chrome is king and the smell of wax and polish permeate the air, another new event was added to the excitement that fills the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY.

This year, the First Mid-America Big-Rig Build-Off featured five trucks from across the United States and Canada in a hard-fought, no-limits competition. The intent was to give truck builders the opportunity to show off what they could do with a truck – taking their imaginations and efforts to new levels. These trucks did not have to be roadworthy; no DOT certifications were required. The companies who brought their amazing vehicles to the show included K&L Chrome Shop, Quality Custom Inc., Elizabeth Truck Center, 4 States Trucks and Valley Custom Trucks.

Judging was done by MATS attendees, with badges being swiped through electronic readers – one vote per person.

When the dust settled and the last of the votes were tallied, Elizabeth Truck Center’s entry was awarded the Champion’s trophy and bragging rights.

It took close to 8,000 man-hours over more than three and a half months to build Elizabeth Truck Center’s entry, “The Beast,” which began as a wrecked 1999 Peterbilt 379 car carrier. Only the cab, engine, transmission and rear suspension were salvaged. Everything else was fabricated, including the chassis. The entire design, fabrication, interior and all paint work were done under one roof – at Elizabeth Truck Center’s Car Craft Truck Works facility in Staten Island, NY.

And the end result? A remarkable homage to class, low riders, big sound and style – chromed, detailed and painted to an extraordinary level. It didn’t just raise the bar – it blew it out and put in a new place.

This truck will be on display in Boston April 28-30 at the North American Truck Show, held at the new Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

For further information on Stars & Stripes Show Truck Events, contact Suzanne Stempinski at (708) 946-9462 or Bud Farquhar at (203) 226-6066.

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