APRIL 8-10: 75 CHROME SHOP ANNUAL TRUCK SHOW, Wildwood, Fla., www.75chromeshop.com, (866) 255-6206.
APRIL 15-16: OLD TRUCK SHOW of ATHS Wheat State Chapter, Newell’s Truck Stop, Newton, Kan., (316) 283-0130.
APRIL 23: ATHS NORTHWEST ANTIQUE TRUCK SHOW, Harold E. LeMay Marymount Museum, Spanaway, Wash., (360) 866-7716.
APRIL 30: TRUCK SHOW & BBQ of ATHS Central California Chapter, Kirkland Ranch, Plymouth, Calif., (916) 381-6063.
MAY 6-7: MIDWEST PRIDE IN YOUR RIDE TRUCK/TRACTOR SHOW, Tri-State Raceway, Earlville, Iowa, (560) 580-8200.
JUNE 9-11: GREAT WEST TRUCK SHOW, Las Vegas Convention Center, (888) 349-4287, www.greatwesttruckshow.com.
JULY 14-15: WALCOTT TRUCKERS JAMBOREE, Iowa 80 Truck Stop, I-80 Exit 284, Walcott, Iowa, www.iowa80truckstop.com.
AUG. 25-27: GREAT AMERICAN TRUCKING SHOW, Dallas Convention Center, (888) 349-4287, www.prideandpolish.com.
James Loot, an Oklahoma City, Okla., resident, owns and operates this 2008 Peterbilt 389, making weekly reefer runs between Denver and Port Allen, La. The truck is powered by a 550-hp Caterpillar and a 13-speed transmission. Loot says he’s added more than 100 LED lights, hardwood flooring and stainless and chrome accents. The truck’s name, 99 problems, springs from the sentiment common to drivers – “I’ve always got 99 problems,” he says. “I don’t need any more.”
Shane Wood uses his 2000 Kenworth W900L to haul sod and potatoes nationwide. The truck is equipped with a 550-hp Caterpillar and a 13-speed transmission, and Wood says he spends a good chunk of his spare change to keep the truck looking good. The name Hit Man stems from one of Wood’s beverages of choice, he says: “I got it off of a Monster energy drink can. I thought it’d be a cool name for a truck.”