The driving rain from tropical storm Arlene failed to dampen the competitive spirit at the 23rd annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs contest held recently in Wildwood, Fla. More than 60 working-class vehicles from 24 states were in the competition, and each needed state DOT or ICC numbers for proof of entry. Judges scored the trucks on exterior appearance, design, detail and workmanship.
And the top award, the Best of Show, went to the 1995 Peterbilt 379 tractor and matching 2003 Transcraft step-deck trailer owned by Tom and Kim Turner of Cynthiana, Ky. But the Turners have been working up to this grand award. Last year their Peterbilt won a third place in the tractor-trailer category.