First Gear wins top honors at Wildwood Pride & Polish

| April 30, 2012

Randy Stroup’s new creation, a 2005 Peterbilt 379 and matching tanker dubbed First Gear (pictured above), took home the hardware for Best of Show in the limited-mileage combo category this weekend at the first Pride & Polish show of the year in Wildwood, Fla.

The 75 Chrome Shop Show, an annual event held every year since 1998, also crowned three other Best of Show winners who, with the victory, are eligible to compete in Dallas in August for the 2012 Pride & Polish National Championship.

Arnold Frankie Jr. won the Best of Show, limited-mileage bobtail, with his 1994 Kenworth W900L. Ronald Huey’s 2010 International ProStar won Best of Show, working bobtail, and John O’keefe’s ’07 379 and 2011 dump, which he’s named The Low Life, won Best of Show in the working combo category.

A full list of winners will be posted when it becomes available. Here’s a short slideshow with photos of the Best of Show winners.

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Best of Show, Working Combo: John O'keefe's 2007 Peterbilt 379 and 2011 Mac dump.

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  • Dean Bunnell

    Wow we were paving I-70 yesterday June 8, when he rolled through the project.I used to drive and I still like to see a big truck that pride still shows ,you not just clean but shiny,polished clean. This truck was the nicest ride I’ve seen!! First Gear was so sharp I had to get a better look,where safety is our goal I probably shouldn’t have. I jumped in my truck and raced up the closed lane,pulling to the side of beautiful truck. I started taking pictures !!!! This truck is truly a working piece of CLASS!!!!! Thank You for making my Friday Mr. Strop,stay safe.