ON THE SCENE: Standing out at SuperRigs

By Jami Jones, senior editor | 6/2/2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011, Kenly, NC – The competition is always tough at the Shell Rotella SuperRigs. And finding a way to stand out among the top trucks in the trucking industry isn't easy – but it’s not impossible.


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OOIDA Member Bill Warner Jr. earned a spot in the 2012 SuperRigs calendar with his 1989 Ford 9000.

This year at the 29th SuperRigs in Kenly, NC, the Paccar establishment met some tough competition with the likes of Mack, International, Western Star and even Ford trucks standing tall. The competition is taking place at the Kenly 95 Petro, Exit 106, Kenly, NC.

OOIDA Member Bill Warner Jr. from Circleville, WV, turned heads, wowed judges and earned a spot in the 2012 SuperRigs calendar with his 1989 Ford 9000. The family has owned Ford trucks in their operation since the early 1970s. Bill’s father was in failing health when they bought the ’89 Ford. He was able to see the truck, but he didn't live to see its complete restoration.

Nevertheless, his obvious legacy of loving the trucking industry and nostalgic trucks lives on.

“He always loved Fords,” Bill said. “I really wanted to do this truck for him.’

Bill said he restores trucks in his own shop, with his own two hands and on a very cheap budget. Despite some trucks competing at SuperRigs with $15,000 paint jobs, Bill says he barely has $15,000 in the Ford.


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OOIDA member Bill Warner Jr. and his son Cody.

“I painted everything myself,” he said. “It’s not perfect, but it’s my hard work.”

That love of trucking and the hard work to breathe new life into old trucks doesn’t stop with Bill Jr. His 13-year-old son, Cody, showed his 1986 Peterbilt last year at SuperRigs. And, true to form, he helped with its restoration and spent two weeks underneath the truck cleaning it up to show it.

"We just love spending time in the shop working on these trucks," Bill said.

SuperRigs continues through Saturday at the Iowa 80 Group’s Kenly, NC, truck stop. The event obviously features the show truck competition. But there are also live bands on Thursday and Friday night, with a parade and light show on Friday night.

Judging continues through Saturday at noon with the award ceremony at 1 p.m.

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