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| August 01, 2005

At the Freightliner booth, attendees can register for a chance to watch a pre-season Dallas Cowboys football game from a luxury skybox on Aug. 27. The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders will be signing photographs at the booth.

Two more tickets to the Saturday game are up for grabs, courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys. Stop by the Show Information Booth to enter. You must be present for the drawing at 3 p.m. on Aug. 26 to win.

Bridgestone Tire Co. and Firestone Tire Co. will give away a set of steer tires each day of the show. Register at the Bridgestone/Firestone booth.

For more information, or to register for the show, call (800) 349-4287 or visit this site.

Inside and Out
In its third year, the Freightliner Big Rig Redo steps up to a new level.

Before and during the Great American Trucking Show, Indiana Custom Trucks will work with two teams of design students from Texas Christian University to redesign two new Freightliner trucks inside and out.

ICT will provide a custom exterior paint makeover, and the design students will use $500 to redesign the interiors. ICT will do all the installation work and create the themes inside the trucks that the students design. GATS vendors will supply bonus bells and whistles.
The themes are: Classic Cars/Hot Rods and Hunting/Fishing. Both interior and exterior will reflect the theme, and the student teams will compete for a $1,000 scholarship for the truck voted the favorite of the two.

Most of the renovation work will be done prior to the show, but the students will be putting finishing touches on the truck during the show. Show attendees will be able to vote for the best truck and walk through the floor model – a “before” version of both trucks.

The renovated Freightliner trucks will be available for sale during the show.

Showtime in Dallas
SCHEDULE: From noon until 6p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26, and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Dallas Convention Center.
ADMISSION: Free online registration at
www.gatsonline.com, or $10 at the door.
PARKING: Free big rig parking on-site at the Dallas
Convention Center.
LODGING: Find a place to stay at this site.


Calendar Stars
Only working trucks get the chance to be Shell Rotella T Super rigs

Nick Francisco, a Homer, Mich., trucker who hauls furniture trim, hears a lot of praise for his truck everywhere he takes it – even though it’s an old cabover.

“I get a lot of compliments because it’s a cabover,” Francisco says. “You just don’t see many anymore, especially ones that look good.”

The green 1989 Kenworth COE, one of more than 70 entered in the competition, placed fifth in the classic truck category at the 2005 Shell Rotella SuperRigs truck beauty show, held in June at the 75 Chrome Shop in Wildwood, Fla.

But the truck that garnered the most attention and accolades belonged to Kim and Tom Turner, and it won the top prize as well as taking home the gold for best truck, best interior and best theme. And their truck will be featured in the 2006 SuperRigs calendar.

Last December the Turners finally found their dream truck – a 1995 Peterbilt 379 with an oversized sleeper. So naturally, they gave it a name worthy of dreaming: El Dorado.

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