In a show truck competition known for veteran show truckers reinventing their rides to set a new gold standard in truck design and innovation, having a relative newcomer to show truck competitions win would come as a surprise to most.
That’s exactly what happened in the 26th Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs, held June 5-7, at the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, IA.
With less than a handful of entrants left to show on Saturday, some may have thought the slate of winners – full of the usual suspects – was probably pretty close to being set in stone.
That’s until a 23-year-old trucker from Winnipeg, Manitoba, rolled in late Friday night, during the event’s light show, dripping wet from the truck wash. In the dark of night, not many knew this truck would turn the 2008 event on its ear.
Ryan Danylchuch’s outlaw-style 2001 Peterbilt 379, painted deep plum with burnt orange metallic fenders certainly turned heads early Saturday morning, with only four hours of judging time left.
Ryan hasn’t been competing for very long; his first competition was The Truck Show Las Vegas in 2007. He wasn’t sure if he had done everything he needed to do to compete in a show of SuperRigs’ caliber.
As he nervously waited for his truck to be judged Saturday morning, he told bystanders and judges that he wasn’t sure if he knew what he was doing well enough to compete with the veteran show truckers at SuperRigs.
The OOIDA member had stayed up all night, grabbing only a couple of hours of sleep before he came through the judging line, to get his truck ready. His eye-popping color scheme, coupled with small, very subtle ghostly graveyard murals on the fenders and back of the sleeper, were polished to a perfect shine ready to wow the judges.
Ryan’s efforts earned him a $10,000 paycheck and a spot in the coveted SuperRigs 2009 calendar.
OOIDA members rounded out the top spots in the Best of Show category with Darlene Swift, from Taylor Ridge, IL, taking runner-up with her 2000 Freightliner Classic. With nearly 340,000 miles on it since its makeover on “Trick My Truck,” the horse-muraled truck, “Free Spirit,” was none the worse for the wear.
Rounding out the Best of Show winners was Jake Eilen’s 2000 Peterbilt 379 and 2007 Mac trailer. Jake’s black outlaw style turned heads with its red ghost flames on the hood and throughout the tractor. Although the truck slaves away in the quarries hauling some of the most unforgiving freight on the road, it was immaculate, in usual Eilen style.
Best of Show
- Ryan Danylchuch, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2001 Peterbilt 379
- Darlene Swift, Taylor Ridge, IL, 2000 Freightliner Classic
- Jake Eilen, Hampton, MN, 2000 Peterbilt 379 and 2007 Mac trailer
- Wayne Baker, Taylor Ridge, IL, 2002 Peterbilt 379 extended hood and 2007 Great Dane reefer
- Larry Dyck, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1987 Peterbilt 379 and 2000 Polar tanker
- Kevin Pascavis, Waukesha, WI, 2004 Peterbilt 379 and 2007 Mac
- Jimmy Jeffers, Cleaton, KY, 2006 Peterbilt 379 and 2005 Reitnour
- Bob Greiner, Hedrich, IA, 1997 Peterbilt 379 and 2006 Transcraft
- Robert and Shelley Brinker, Grayling, MI, 2000 Freightliner Classic
- Curtis Christians, Rockport, MO, 2005 Peterbilt 379
- Jonathan Dyck, East Saint Paul, Manitoba, 2007 Peterbilt 379 Legacy
- Matthew McCord, Alexandria, IN, 2007 Peterbilt 379 extended hood
- Andy Bannerman, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2000 Peterbilt 362 cabover
- James Davis, Medford, OR, 1993 Peterbilt 379 extended hood
- J.C. Alt, Lafayette, IN, 1972 Peterbilt 359
- Jerry Howard, Fairborne, OH, 1953 Mack LG
- Mike Kvestav, Minnesota, 1997 Peterbilt 379 extended hood
- Dave Gulich, Roberts, WI, 1987 Peterbilt 359
Interior – Robert and Shelley Brinker, Grayling, MI, 2000 Freightliner Classic
Mural – Robert and Shelley Brinker, Grayling, MI, 2000 Freightliner Classic
Theme – Darlene Swift, Taylor Ridge, IL, 2000 Freightliner Classic
Chrome – Bob Greiner, Hedrich, IA, 1997 Peterbilt 379 and 2006 Transcraft
Lights – Dennis Homeyer, Caldwell, TX, 2001 Peterbilt
Engine – Robert and Shelley Brinker, Grayling, MI, 2000 Freightliner Classic
People’s Choice – Robert and Shelley Brinker, Grayling, MI, 2000 Freightliner Classic
– By Jami Jones, senior editor