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Celebrating Excellence in the Trucking Industry: Overdrive’s Annual Pride & Polish Virtual Truck Show

The trucking industry is a vital backbone of the modern world, connecting businesses and communities across vast distances. Behind the wheel of these powerful machines are dedicated truckers who ensure that goods are delivered safely and efficiently. To celebrate the hard work, creativity, and dedication of truckers, Overdrive magazine hosts an annual event that shines a spotlight on the beauty and functionality of these behemoths of the road – the Pride & Polish virtual truck show competition. The 2023 edition promises to be a thrilling event, building upon the successes of previous years.

The Road to Glory: Entry and Judging

The anticipation is high as the entry period for Overdrive’s annual Pride & Polish virtual truck show competition opened last week. Truck owners and operators from across the nation can submit their prized vehicles for consideration until Labor Day, September 4th. This competition isn’t just about showcasing polished exteriors; it’s about displaying the heart and soul that truckers put into their rigs. The categories in the competition include Working Bobtail, Working Combo, Interior, Antique, and Limited Mileage/Show.

Truck enthusiasts are encouraged to put their trucks up against their peers, offering an opportunity for recognition and pride. Once the entry period closes, the judging process begins. This is a unique aspect of the competition as it is not just industry experts who decide the winners. Instead, the contest turns over to a public voting period, allowing Overdrive readers and fellow truckers to cast their votes for their favorite rigs.

The Stars of Last Year’s Show

As we anticipate the excitement of the 2023 Pride & Polish competition, let’s take a moment to look back at the finalists from the previous year. These rigs not only showcase the diverse categories of the competition but also exemplify the hard work and dedication that truckers invest in their vehicles.

In the Antique category, a trio of stunning vehicles caught the attention: Wayne Lucken’s 1968 Peterbilt 358, known as “Plum Krazy”; Gary Wasko’s 1975 White Freightliner Powerliner, fondly referred to as “Dirty Dozen”; and Horace M. Goldman’s 1987 Peterbilt 359.

The Interior category, which highlights the comfort and style within these trucks, showcased David Parmer’s 1973 White Freightliner, aptly named “Big Green Mean Machine”; Rick and Terry Henderson’s 2022 Peterbilt 389; and Robert Hallahan’s 2022 Peterbilt 389, charmingly dubbed “Joke’s on You.”

In the Limited Mileage/Show Truck/Builders category, the competition was equally fierce, featuring Kenny Wilson of Ken Wilson Trucking’s 1980 Freightliner FLC120; Marvin Graves’ 1963 Mack B61; and Duane and Jenay Rotert’s 1972 Kenworth W900, which all demonstrated the fine craftsmanship of truck enthusiasts.

The Working Bobtail and Working Combo categories showcased a variety of trucks from different eras. From Leased owner-operator Horace M. Goldman’s 1987 Peterbilt 359 to leased owner-operator Brooke Taylor’s 1996 Kenworth W900B named “Miss Kitty,” the competition demonstrated the evolution of these vehicles.

As we explored the Working Combo category, we encountered a range of powerful combinations, from leased owner-operator Chris Rose’s 2007 Peterbilt 379 hooked to a 2001 Kentucky moving van, to independent owner-operator Wally Daniels’ 2014 Peterbilt 389 hooked to a 2020 Rampant 40-ton RGN.

The Working Bobtail, 2015 & Newer category showcased modern marvels, including leased owner-operator John McCormick’s 2021 Kenworth W900L known as “Bandit,” Rick and Terry Henderson’s 2022 Peterbilt 389, and Mark Havens’ 2023 Peterbilt 389 EXHD.

Looking Forward to the 2023 Edition

As we eagerly await the results of this year’s Pride & Polish competition, it’s clear that the event is more than just a showcase of impressive trucks. It’s a celebration of the trucking community’s passion, dedication, and camaraderie. Each vehicle tells a unique story, reflecting the hard work and creativity of its owner. Whether it’s a meticulously maintained antique truck or a modern powerhouse of the road, these rigs are a testament to the enduring spirit of the trucking industry.

The Pride & Polish competition brings together truckers, enthusiasts, and readers to honor the often unsung heroes of the road. As the entry period remains open through Labor Day, there’s still time for truck owners to seize the opportunity and showcase their rigs to the world. So, if you believe your truck has what it takes to stand tall among its peers, don’t miss your chance to enter the contest and let your fellow truckers cast their votes.

In the end, the Pride & Polish virtual truck show isn’t just about winning; it’s about the sense of community, the passion for the open road, and the enduring legacy of the trucking industry that it represents. So, let the engines roar and the wheels turn as we celebrate the extraordinary world of trucks through the lens of Overdrive’s Pride & Polish competition.

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