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.
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.
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.