An Oldie but Goodie

| September 11, 2005

’59 Mack wins Truckers’ Choice at Walcott.

An antique truck beat out all the others at the Twenty-Sixth Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree at the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa, July 14-15. Canadian Andy Zary’s purple 1959 Mack B61 took home the Truckers’ Choice Award.

The jamboree featured 175 exhibits, a Super Truck Beauty Contest, an antique truck show, a pork chop cookout, the Trucker’s Best Friend pet contest, Trucker Olympics, carnival games, two live bands and the Colgate Country Showdown music competition.

“The Walcott Truckers Jamboree is the perfect chance for us to show drivers just how important they are to us,” said Delia Moon Meier, the Iowa 80 Truckstop senior vice president.

More than 70 trucks entered the Truck Beauty Contest.

Category winners, beginning with first place awards, are:

Specialty Class
Pat Eilen of Hampton, Minn., with a silver and blue 2003 Peterbilt 379 dump truck; Rick Ingram of Lincolnshire, Ill., with his blue 2003 Peterbilt 330 salt truck

Show Class
Gailand Johnston of Lamar, Mo., with a copper and silver 2003 Kenworth W900L

Best Overall Theme
Ron Baird of Thornton, Ind., with his green 2000 Peterbilt 379

Lights at Night – Combination
Baird, with his Peterbilt 379; Tom and Kim Turner of Cynthiana, Ky., with their teakwood and beige 1995 Peterbilt 379; Mickey Gwillim of Waverly, Ill., with a white/lime green 1986 Peterbilt 359 Extended Hood

Lights at Night – Bobtail
Eilen, with her Peterbilt 379; Butch Garrard of Fairmont, Ill., with a hunter green 1999 Western Star; Ernie Vole of Vernon Hills, Ill., with a red and black 1971 Peterbilt 359

Interior – Custom Sleeper
Tom and Kim Turner, with their Peterbilt 379; Zary, with his Mack B61; Ed Borger of Moulton, Iowa., with his red 2005 Peterbilt

Interior – OEM Conversion Sleeper
Russ and Debbie Brown of Moore, Okla., with their black and orange 1999 Freightliner Classic XL; Baird, with his Peterbilt 379; Mike Stoneman of Payette, Ind., with his brown 1951 GMC 970

Interior – OEM Sleeper
Ryan Avenarius of Dubuque, Iowa., with his gray 2001 Freightliner Classic XL; Johnston, with his Kenworth W900L; Glen Page of Camden, Mich., with his red and black 2001 Peterbilt 379

Polish and Detail
Shawn Swanson of Prophetstown, Ill., with his white/purple 2002 Kenworth W900B; Eilen, with her Peterbilt 379; Gwillim, with his Peterbilt 359 Extended Hood

Custom Paint – Murals (TT Combo)
Baird, with his Peterbilt 379; Mike Schwersenske of Westfield, Wis., with his yellow 2002 Kenworth W900L; Carl Johnson of Carlisle, Pa., with his blue/white 1996 Freightliner Classic

Custom Paint – Murals (bobtail)
Johnston, with his Kenworth W900L; Stoneman, with his GMC 970; Eilen, with her Peterbilt 379

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