custom rigs

Stan Courter’s 2016 Peterbilt 579

The only customization to the truck is a U.S. Navy seal applied to the cab extenders to signify Courter’s service in the Navy from 1984-1989.

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Mike Alexander’s 2013 Kenworth W900

Steel hauling owner-operator's KW.

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Classic former Burt Reynolds-owned W900B, across the pond

How a U.K.-based trucker came to possess a classic mid-1980s W900B, only to realize its former owners here in the United States including none other than Smokey & the Bandit star Burt Reynolds.

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Bryan Fontenot’s custom 2011 Pete 389

He uses the truck to haul mostly hazmat up the East Coast and through the central U.S. He purchased the truck custom from DB Kustom Trucks in Antioch, Ill. Fontenot runs out of Pattison, Texas.

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Japanese ‘Dekotora’ tradition in custom rigs

A long look across the Pacific at Takuya Sosogi's custom 'dekotora' straight truck, hauling produce in the island nation of Japan. Mel Films' new short documentary shows Japanese custom traditions share a lot with those in the U.S.

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Glider kit gets personalized treatment

A.J. Lopez Trucking Owner Henry Lopez used some personal touches — his name and his wife's — to set apart his 2015 Peterbilt 389 and Armorlite trailer.

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Photos: A sampling of the custom rigs on display at MATS

The PKY Truck Beauty Championship is taking place this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. Take a look at some of the custom rigs competing in this year’s competition below.

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Custom parts set this Bulldog apart from the pack

Owner Scott Lynch shows off his 2010 CHU613, which has one of the coolest colors among all the trucks in the PKY Truck Beauty Championship at the Mid-American Trucking Show.

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MATS 2016: Show trucks await judging

The Mid-America Trucking Show gets underway Thursday in Louisville, Ky. Preview a few show trucks competing in the PKY Truck Beauty Championship here.

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Owner’s headache, customization’s win

Clay Snider's '07 Kenworth boasts one of the standout color schemes in the PKY Truck Beauty Championship at the Mid-America Trucking Show, which starts Thursday. Snider has entered some truck contests before, but this is his first time at MATS.

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