Trucks gearing up for the 26th annual PKY Truck Beauty show at MATS

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Trucks are scheduled to begin rolling in on Sunday, March 22, to Lot J to start preparing for the Paul K. Young Truck Beauty Championship. Event organizer Bud Farquhar estimates that around 90 trucks will be competing for this year’s top awards.

Photo by Suzanne Stempinski

Brian Davis’ 2005 Peterbilt 379 and 2012 Wilson hopper.

He said that while there will be plenty of familiar faces at this year’s PKY event as part of the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, quite a few first-timers have registered to compete in 2015. The PKY show is named for Paul K. Young, who founded MATS back in 1972. The PKY show is in its 26th year, with Farquhar at the helm for the past 16 years.

“I love that there are several first-time people coming because it just makes the show more interesting and broadens the base of potential shows in the future,” Farquhar told Land Line.

This year’s show will feature a new dump class. Farquhar said in previous years, dump contestants would have to compete against regular combos or regular bobtails, depending on what type of dump they were showing.

“This makes a lot of sense and will be an interesting addition to the show,” he said. “It will allow dump contestants to compete against each other in this new class.”

Farquhar said that Lot J, behind the West Wing and the Pavilion, will open on Sunday. He said there will be three lines of truck washes for three days, starting on Monday, March 23, through Wednesday, March 25. Judging will start on Wednesday night and Thursday. The winners will be announced at an awards event starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 28.

“The quality of this show just inches up a notch each year,” he said. “Our objective is not to see how many trucks we can get into the competition. Our objective is to hold the highest quality show that we can.”

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