Saturday, March 24, 2012

And The Winners Are...

With 87 registered entries in the Paul K. Young Memorial Truck Beauty Championship, there was lots of recognition for excellence, creativity, design and detail. While not every truck brought a trophy home, each and every truck entered had a huge crowd of supporters -- and every truck was someone's favorite. Working trucks, limited mileage trucks, antiques and trucks made to inspire awe -- they all reflected their owners' and drivers' commitment to bringing out the best in their equipment.

At the top of the heap with a trailer load of trophies including People's Choice, Best of Show Limited Mileage Combo and Best Peterbilt was Randy Stroup - First Class Services, Lewisport, KY and his incredibly detailed 2005 Peterbilt 379 and 2012 Mac Tanker named "First Gear."

Best of Show Working Combo and five first place trophies for class, engine, interior OEM sleeper, paint and lights was John O'Keefe, driver for Clean Slate in Hebron, CT. This 2007 Peterbilt 379 and 2011 Mac Dump trailer was designed and executed by company owner Todd Roccopriore. Late nights, long days, and unrelenting passion for detail transformed this hazardous waste hauler into a brilliantly faceted gem.

Best Working Bobtail was earned by the "Legend of the Black Pearl," Bob and Shelley Brinker's infamous 2000 black muralled Freightliner Classic XL. Weaving tales of hijinks on the high seas around frame rails, fenders interior and exterior earned the Brinkers five additional trophies for their efforts.

Best Limited Mileage Bobtail was the undisputed domain of longtime show truck participants and supporters Bill and Marie Sandvik from Valley Centre, CA, with their blue, green and white 1988 Peterbilt 379 featuring scrolling tribal flames and a portrait of Bill on the back of the sleeper. "I didn't expect this at all," said Bill at the conclusion of the awards ceremony. "This was a really nice surprise."

Hot off the press is a spectacular First Annual Program Recap, featuring the winners of the 23rd Annual Paul K Young Memorial Truck Beauty Championship Awards, fondly known as "The Trophy Dash." The limited run of 5,000 inaugural copies is sure to become a collectors edition as still-stunned winners reached for the 114 page commemorative book.

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