OOIDA Life Member Frank Pangburn and wife Diana, having just executed their annual “Truckin’ for Kids” in Irwindale, CA, were on the way home to Idaho when a phone call came from Roger Sherrard, Independent Trade Shows Management LLC.
Would the Pangburns take over the truck show contest at Truck Show Latino during the weekend of Oct. 17-18 in Pomona, CA?
Sherrard said the contest was supposed to be run by Overdrive’s Pride & Polish, but they backed out only a couple of weeks before the show. Sherrard said they gave “no reason.”
“It took Frank all of one minute to say yes,” said Sherrard.
That’s how the Pangburns roll. Their small but experienced crew took over the contest at virtually the last minute. After that, a call to Eric Sieben at 10-4 Magazine got the show a sponsor and a call to Rockwood resulted in trophies. More supporters joined as the word spread the contest was still “a go.” They decided to call it “Best of the West.”
“I called some people and said I needed them to bring their trucks to Pomona,” said Pangburn. The competition wasn’t huge, but Pangburn was pleased with the response.
OOIDA Member Julian “Big Daddy” Perez brought his dark green Freightliner, familiar to show-goers. Perez frequently places a stuffed ape on the fender. At the truck show, there was his toy ape. He had plenty of Halloween candy, too.
“Last week, that truck has mud all over it,” said Paul Martinez, pointing to the gleaming Pete known as “Rum Runner.” Martinez was talking about the 1989 orange and black Peterbilt 379 with black stacks and black grille. The name on the door: Jessica Martinez Trucking. Jessica is Paul’s 13-year-old daughter, who is dressed to match her truck.
The Martinez family’s entries were among 15 trucks that came to Truck Show Latino to compete. And it was worth the trip from Mira Loma.
Winners were announced at noon Sunday. Ernie Rubio accepted the Best Art/Graphics for Jessica Martinez Trucking. Ernie did the design and artwork, his wife, Theresa, did the interior for “Rum Runner.”
Drivers from Yamko Truck Lines took the awards for Best Engine and Best Interior. Keith Pounds of Central Valley Trucking won Best Cabover. Mark Pounds, Central Valley Trucking, won Best Conventional. Best Metal Shine went to Texas Chrome Shop for their well-known “Project One” orange and yellow Peterbilt.
Kriss Trucking accepted the Sponsor’s Choice from Eric Sieben, 10-4 Magazine. Ernie Rubio was back to the trophy table to accept the People’s Choice on behalf of Jessica Martinez’s blazing dark orange “Rum Runner” truck. The Truckin’ for Kids Trophy went to “Project One” truck from Texas Chrome Shop.
The Best of Show went to Hank Hall and “Vamanos,” 2004 black Pete 379, presented by Texas Chrome Shop.
The Best of the West sponsors were Truckin’ for Kids, 10-4 Magazine, AMSOIL, Roadworks, Progressive Insurance, The Truck Club, Allen Lund, Harbor Products, California Truck Driving Academy, Rockwood Trophies, Balance Masters and Tru-Balance.