From sunglasses to rain ponchos: SuperRigs is in full swing

| 6/19/2009

While the first two days of the 27th Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs had exhibitors, hosts, judges and spectators frying breakfast on the sweltering paved parking lot at the Oak Grove Petro 70 east of Kansas City – rain threatened to wet down the grand finale.

The contest kicked off Thursday at the Oak Grove 70 Petro in Oak Grove, MO. Contestants in the 27th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs event that wraps up Saturday, June 20, will have a shot at $25,000 in prizes.

Twelve winners will have their trucks featured in the 2010 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar.

Land Line Magazine Senior Editor Jami Jones is once again serving on the SuperRigs judges’ panel. Trucking media – and connoisseurs – Steve Sturgess, Dorothy Cox, Bruce Smith and Eric Harley are also on hand for the judging.

The Land Line crew was on the ground talking to truckers and organizers, taking photos and capturing videos to upload on Youtube. The staff will continue to update the videos, so check back throughout the weekend.

SuperRigs, considered the premier truck beauty contest for actively working trucks, is taking place at the Oak Grove 70 Petro, located at Exit 28 on Interstate 70 in Oak Grove, MO. And if show truck competition isn’t enough for you, you can test your truck driving skills, just trying to get into the Petro parking lot, courtesy of the city of Oak Grove, MO, and its road construction at the truck stop’s entrance. So be sure to watch for signs directing you into the parking lot.

Each day kicks off with event judging and ends with contests and awards. The time in between is packed with raffles, entertainment, a pet contest, trucker bingo, sights and bright lights.
Singer Cody McCarver performs at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 19, riding the success of recent hit singles and videos. The Tennessee native describes his roots as classic country, gospel and southern rock.

Singer and OOIDA member Joey Holiday performs each day of the event. Other highlights include the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Kevin Harvick show car, the Shell racing simulator and, of course, the truck show.

OOIDA’s touring truck, “Spirit of the American Trucker,” will be on display. Drop by and see Howard and Pam Hart who will be there signing up new OOIDA members. As they would say, “Bring a friend.” 

Here’s the remaining schedule – for Friday and Saturday – provided by Shell Rotella:
Friday, June 19
9 a.m., event/judging line, Shell Rotella Road Show Truck, charity poker tournament open
10 a.m., Shell-Pennzoil No 29 Car and race simulator open
11 a.m., hourly raffle begins
11:30 a.m., Joey Holiday performs
Noon-1 p.m., lunch
2 p.m., trucker bingo
2:30 p.m., SuperRigs Pet Contest
3 p.m., hourly raffle ends
4 p.m., Joey Holiday performs
5 p.m., judging line, charity poker tournament close
6 p.m., on-site contestant dinner
6:30 p.m., live entertainment featuring Cody McCarver
9 p.m., “Big Rig Lights” contest judging

Saturday, June 20
8 a.m., event/judging line, Shell Rotella Road Show Truck, charity poker tournament opens
9 a.m., Shell-Pennzoil No. 29 car, race simulator open
10:30 a.m., trucker bingo
11 a.m., hourly raffle begins
Noon-1 p.m., judging line closes
12:30 p.m., Joey Holiday performs
1 p.m., hourly raffle, charity poker tournament close
1:30 p.m., Shell Rotella SuperRigs awards presentation

– By Land Line staff

Editor’s note: Watch for more Land Line coverage. OOIDA crews are on the grounds and Land Line’s Dave Tanner is posting YouTube video. Follow Senior Editor Jami Jones on Twitter and see her SuperRigs photos here.