New SuperRigs show winner named after eligibility audit

| July 18, 2013
Bill Rethwisch's 2012 Peterbilt 389 and Polar tanker are the new winners.

Bill Rethwisch’s 2012 Peterbilt 389 and Polar tanker are the new winners.

Shell Rotella Global Brand Manager Chris Guerrero issued the following statement on the winner, after careful review found the original winning rig — Jonathan Eilen’s 2007 Peterbilt 379 —  did not meet all the eligibility requirements for the award:

SuperRigs-Best of Show, Bill Rethwisch

After completing our eligibility verification process for the Shell Rotella SuperRigs Contest winners, it has been determined that the original winning entry chosen for the Best of Show category did not meet all of the eligibility requirements of a working truck and trailer in the Truck and Trailer category for the 2013 Shell Rotella SuperRigs contest.  Therefore, the entry has been deemed ineligible for the Best of Show award.

The Best of Show winner is the 2012 Peterbilt 389 of Bill Rethwisch of Tomah, Wis.; Best of Show first runner up is the 1986 359 Peterbilt of Jeremy Hassevoort of Hamilton, Mich., and the Best of Show second runner up is the 2013 Peterbilt 389 of Kevin Pascavis from Richfield, Wis.

That makes two big wins for Rethwisch in the past two months, given his performance at the Crossville, Tenn., edition of Overdrive‘s Pride & Polish at the Fitzgerald Truck Show last month. You can now vote for Rethwisch or other rigs for the Pride & Polish National Championship Trucker’s Choice award via this page. And for more on Rethwisch’s Dreamsicle-paint-schemed Pete and Polar tanker, page through the gallery and watch the video below.

  • Steve

    Come on – after a headline like that, you can’t tell us what eligibility requirements you talking about?

  • Sean

    Why get picky now? I’ve seen more than a few non working trucks in the Super Rigs calendar over the years.

  • KFTrucking

    When posting a picture to your galley. Does it have to be a Class 7-8? I have F350 & F450 rigs that your readers might like. Will I be able to post these?

  • trucker 18

    I believe they got it right and im very proud that someone had the guts to take the award away from them. If they aren’t going to work the truck then they should put it in the limited mileage class that’s what its for. applause to shell and to William for the top spot.

  • Todd Dills

    As the commenter notes here, Steve, I believe it had to do with too-low mileage but I’m not certain of that — still waiting for a ping back on specifics. Will check back in when I hear.

  • Todd Dills

    Certainly, KFT. Go for it and we’ll post them, definitely. Way the gallery work it sometimes can take a little time for us to get them to appear, fyi, so if one doesn’t appear immediately, there’s not a problem.

  • john

    The disqualified truck is a professionally shown truck. Hasn’t actually hauled anything but aluminum polish for several years

  • Mike Smith

    More superficial STUFF about dressed up trucks. WHERE’s the beef? How much are the costs for paint, etc.. Who has the money for this kind’a build??????????? How does one calculate the cost vs the investment? Stop the showyness of it all, & give us facts.

  • john3347

    Anything with over half of the windshield covered doesn’t deserve to be the recipient of any award except the dog award.

  • Sam

    So since he was disqualified for not being a working truck does this mean he loses his BOS win in Crossville and run for the national title?( the shows were a week apart so I personally don’t see why they wouldn’t) if so does the runner up get moved up and advance to Dallas for National Champion series.

  • truckersdaughter

    Very proud of the decision that was made! Bill has come a long way in his career. He has worked from the ground up to have what he puts on the road and deserves recognition!!! A working class show is just that, a working class. Congrats Bill & Rethwisch Transport, you make us proud!!

  • don

    Jeremy Hassevoort of Hamilton is not a truck.

  • don

    Jeremys truck is not a working truck strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.