A Little Something Extra

| July 09, 2005

Heather Hogeland carries her color scheme through to the very tips of her fingers. She has her perfectly manicured nails painted in flames to match those on her Kenworth. “I like to coordinate stuff like that,” she says.

Although show participants agree that the glitter, carpeting and accessories may not sway the judges, the fun is in continually coming up with new ideas to set yourself – and your truck – apart. “It’s just a little extra some people like to do,” Debbie Brown says.

Sometimes, the extra touches show truck enthusiasts add to their rigs are less about decoration than necessity.

Before one show, for example, Roger and Heather Hogeland hit a post with their 1996 Kenworth. They couldn’t get the dent out in time for the show, so Heather placed two ficus trees in front of the damaged area. “No one ever noticed,” Heather recalls. The couple even walked away with several trophies.

Debbie Brown used her talent for making “pouty babies,” the child-sized dolls seen leaning against many show trucks, to solve a perennial problem. “We set them on the steps to keep visitors from crawling on the truck,” she says.

In some cases, budget constraints drive creativity. When the Hogelands couldn’t afford a chrome kit for their engine, they put wire loom over the hoses in yellow, orange, hot pink and purple, to coordinate with their truck’s color scheme. “We even won First Place, Engine,” Heather recalls.

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