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| August 31, 2006

Clint Dicks “Orange Crush” won the Tractor Trailer and Lights categories.

After growing up in Florida, owner-operator Clint Dicks is used to the heat. But 125 degrees on the asphalt can test even the most dedicated show truckers.

“It’s brutal out here out on the blacktop,” says Dicks, who was competing at the 24th annual Shell Rotella T SuperRigs truck beauty show in Sacramento, Calif., in late June. For Dicks, the effort of polishing in the record heat paid off as his truck took first place in the Tractor Trailer division and won Best Lights.

Other truckers, like Les Sullivan, were delighted to make the 2007 Rotella T SuperRigs calendar, which is photographed in conjunction with the show. Sullivan’s Western Star 496EX was shot at a winery in nearby Napa Valley.

“It was beautiful. There were acres and miles of grapes,” Sullivan said after he returned from his photo shoot. “It was hard to get the truck back in there. I’m glad it was just the bobtail.”

Tom and Kim Turner’s tan and gold 1995 Peterbilt 379, which is dubbed “El Dorado” and won Best of Show in 2005, repeated as Best of Show for 2006.

WINNERS LIST
Best of Show

Tom and Kim Turner, 1995 Peterbilt 379
First runner up: Bob and Shelley Brinker, 2000 Freightliner Classic XL
Second runner up: Mike Maggini, 1998 Pete 379

Classic

  1. Jerry Howard, 1954 Autocar

  2. Shawn Hood, 1994 Pete 362 COE
  3. Richard Jimenez, 1994 379 Pete
  4. Bill Pierce, 1986 Pete 359
  5. Chuck Prigge, 1996 Pete 379

Tractor Trailer

  1. Clint Dicks, 2000 Pete 379

  2. Pat Eilen, 2006 Pete 379
  3. Dustin Foster, 2000 Pete 379
  4. Bill Sandvik, 1998 Pete 379
  5. Frank Alves. 1995 Pete 379

Tractor

  1. Cory Radtke, 2004 Pete 379

  2. Darlene Swift, 2000 Freightliner Classic
  3. Greg Ragan, 2006 Pete 379
  4. Zach Zayas, 2004 Pete 379
  5. Richard Hay, 2000 Pete 357

Chrome
Jerry Howard, 1954 Autocar

Lights
Clint Dicks, 2000 Pete 379

Mural
Bob and Shelley Brinker, 2000 Freightliner Classic XL

Theme
Tommy and Kim Turner, 1995 Pete 379

Interior
Bob and Shelley Brinker, 2000 Freightliner Classic XL

Engine
Mike Maggini, 1998 Pete 379

People’s Choice
Jerry Howard, 1954 Autocar

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