2013 National Champion, Working Bobtail: Josh Skidmore’s ’07 Pete 379
This profile is part of a two-week series in which Overdrive will be publishing stories about the four Pride & Polish National Championship winners — crowned in August at The Great American Trucking Show — and the four best of show winners from the event.
When Josh Skidmore set out to build his National Championship award winner, he didn’t want it to be overwrought or complicated. “We wanted to be simpler than everyone else,” Skidmore says. “Clean lines, not a lot of flash – a real functional, working truck.”
The 2007 Peterbilt 379 Legacy Edition truck was built at his company, Skidmore Transportation Services, in Brigham City, Utah. “Our head mechanic, Todd Henry, did maybe 85, 90 percent of the work,” he says. The only thing their shop didn’t do was the exterior paint.
It took the crew about a year and a half to build, but the 41-year-old says his first show truck was worth it. “We took first place at the PDI Dyno event, Best of Show in Las Vegas and took first place and Best of Show at the Salt Lake Kidney Camp show,” he says. “We learned quite a bit at the Vegas show in 2012.”
The idea for the Working Bobtail truck was born from a friend’s sketch. From that concept, with a lot of work poured into the project – including four hours to clean the wheels and axle after a truck wash used acidic degreaser – they came out with a great start for the 9-year-old company’s first showing.
“There’s a lot of money involved, but as far as satisfaction goes for winning, yeah, it was worth it,” Skidmore says.
– Sean Randall