Pride and Polish

Reigning national champs continue victory streak at 75 Chrome Shop Pride & Polish

Familiar faces earned the top spots at the 75 Chrome Shop Pride & Polish show in Wildwood, Fla., this weekend.

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PHOTOS: Show trucks shining in Wildwood at 2014’s first Pride & Polish stop

In the gallery above are some of the show trucks on display this weekend at the 75 Chrome Shop Pride & Polish show in Wildwood, Fla.

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2013 National Champion, Working Combo: Bill Rethwisch’s 2012 Peterbilt 389 and Polar tanker

Three years ago, after 15 years of trucking – 13 of those spent hauling gas – Bill Rethwisch decided to start showing trucks. It’s paid off in more ways than one.

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2013 GATS Best of Show, Limited-Mileage Bobtail: Shawn Gibson’s 2013 Pete 389

Shawn Gibson has a wicked obsession with chrome, and he and his team made that known with their award-winning 2013 Peterbilt 389.

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2013 National Champion, Limited-Mileage Bobtail: Jerad Wittwer’s ’01 Peterbilt 379

Family Buziness combined the work of two of last year’s powerhouses: Todd Roccapriore and last year’s Working Bobtail winner – Jerad Wittwer’s company truck from Performance Diesel Inc. in St. George, Utah.

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2013 GATS Best of Show, Working Combo: Jerry Mies’ 2013 Peterbilt 389

This profile is part of a two-week series in which Overdrive will be publishing stories about the four Pride & Polish National Championship winners — crowned in August at The Great American Trucking Show — and the four best of show winners from the event.

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2013 National Champion, Working Bobtail: Josh Skidmore’s ’07 Pete 379

When Josh Skidmore set out to build his National Championship award winner, he didn’t want it to be overwrought or complicated. “We wanted to be simpler than everyone else. Clean lines, not a lot of flash – a real functional, working truck.”

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2013 GATS Best of Show, Limited-Mileage Combo: Brian Davis’ 2005 Pete 379

For the folks at Davis Bros. in Owensville, Ind., music and trucking are a natural duo, and they always name their trucks after song titles. Finding a name for their 2005 Peterbilt 379, however, was a struggle, but they eventually found a winner.

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2013 National Champion, Limited-Mileage Combo: Vinnie Diorio’s ’13 Pete 389

When Vinnie Diorio finished working on his award-winning 2013 Pete, he knew it had ideas others would replicate, so he dubbed the truck, appropriately, Trend Settin'.

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Trend Settin’, Family Buziness crowned Pride & Polish national champs

Vinnie Diorio and Todd Roccapriore have to find some room in their already packed trophy cases for one more award from a 2013 show truck tour that saw them each take top honors at Pride & Polish stops all around the country. This award, however, is the culmination of that yearlong tour, as each has been named the winner of the 2013 Overdrive's Pride & Polish National Championship in their respective categories. See a full list of winners ...

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