Patterson returns to winning ways at Rumble by the River

| 7/29/2005

The Great Lakes Truck Show Second Annual Rumble by the River in Monroe, MI, may have been held in the hot, humid, wet weather – but that didn’t slow down the tough competition.

Fredonia, PA, OOIDA member Gary Patterson, winner of the 2004 Truck-Lite Trophy, picked up his first NAST best of show award of the 2005 season in the combo division of the July 15-17 event. Pierre and Kerry Lee Cinq-Mars won first in the best of show – bobtail division.

There were 20 trucks participating in the official NAST Truck-Lite Trophy Series classes with 25 more trucks in the wash and park class.

There were an estimated 2,000 visitors at the fairgrounds and to see the trucks on display.

There were 46 big rigs that participated in the cruise of lights through Ida, MI, at dark. Ida businesses were playing trucking tunes over loud speaks downtown to get everyone in the spirit for the trucks to arrive.

Steve Lewis, driving a Bogie’s Express truck, led the cruise of lights. The youngest detected cancer survivor in Monroe County, MI, Mathew Nelson, and his uncle rode with Lewis. Also riding along was Steve’s wife, Brenda. Bringing up the rear of the parade was the owner of Bogie’s Express trucks, Bo Trout with his son Bogie.

This year’s event was a fund-raiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and raised more than $700. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects 30,000 children and young adults in the United States. The disease attacks the lungs and digestion systems. When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was established in 1955 few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, the median age of survival for a person with cystic fibrosis extends into the early 30s.

The tentative dates for next years show are July 14-16.

The following top awards were:

Best of Show Combo:

Gary Patterson shown by Gary Patterson

First Runner-up:

Parrot Transport Inc. shown by H. John Nieuwenhuis

Best of Show Bobtail:

Pierre Cinq-Mars shown by Pierre & Kerry Lee Cinq-Mars

First Runner-up:

MBH Trucking L.L.C shown by Rick Hitchcock

Best of Show Non-Working:

Hoffman Transportation shown by Ron Baird

Click here for complete results.