The 32nd annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition concludes Saturday in Concord, N.C., just outside of Charlotte. A beauty contest for working trucks, the competition will award truckers for their majestic machines $25,000 in prize money and a chance to be featured on a calendar.
North American Marketing Manager for Shell Rotella, Dave Waterman, spoke to “Land Line Now” on Sirius XM’s Road Dog Channel.
“The folks that showed up, they all have great trucks, different themes,” Waterman said of the competition. “That’s always nice to see. They’re not all taking a page out of each other’s books.”
In addition to the breathtaking trucks, attendees get to enjoy a variety of events and activities associated with SuperRigs. Thursday night at the Shell Pavilion, Texas musician Phil Pritchett debuted his song “Going Big.”
SuperRigs got off to a wet start on Thursday, with heavy rain saturating the opening day.
Fortunately for everybody, the weather for the rest of week was expected to be favorable for patrons and those competing.
On Friday night, the Charlotte Motor Speedway was scheduled to host a truck parade with 25 trucks. After the parade, the trucks in the parade were to head over to the lights contest at the zMAX Dragway.
This year’s SuperRigs has attracted people from all over North America and all over the world. Several Canadian truckers entered the competition this year, something fairly new to our neighbors up north, Waterman noted.
“A couple from Australia even show up for the show,” he said. “All the way from the land down under, the couple planned a trip to the United States in hopes to catch a truck show. They ended up choosing SuperRigs as their destination.”
Trucks entered in SuperRigs are judged by industry professionals who work for major trucking publications or broadcast companies. The judges – who include Land Line Magazine Managing Editor Jami Jones – score the rigs on exterior appearance, design, detail/finish, originality, and workmanship. This year is Jones’ 12th year judging the event.
“Land Line Now” Host Mark Reddig and News Anchor Reed Black contributed to this article.
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