custom rigs

All in the family: Joel Dawes’ ’88 Pete represents three generations

Dawes came up with the green and white paint scheme with the help of his son and his father. The green stripes represent Dawes’ son and his dad, standing for the color of two of the family’s Camaros.

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Long Haul Survivor benefit totals announced

May 17, the raffle winner, Brittany Dunigan, picked up the rig in Iowa, and it was revealed the rig raised a grand total of $142K on its yearlong fund-raising tour.

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Bill Rethwisch wins back-to-back SuperRigs titles, takes this year’s with ’13 Pete

Wisconsin-based owner-operator Bill Rethwisch won Best of Show at the 2014 Shell Rotella SuperRigs show with his green and white 2013 Peterbilt 389 and matching tanker. Austin Ashley from Raleigh, Miss., won Best of Show first runner, and Paul Rissler of California, Mo., won Best of Show second runner up.

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Photo gallery: Working show trucks and more from SuperRigs

Here's another sampling of the trucks (along with some other sights) competing at Shell Rotella's SuperRigs show at the zMax Dragway this weekend.

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Video: Needle-nosed 1982 Peterbilt 359 with a Corvette dash

Billy Baker talks the history of his classic 1982 Peterbilt 359, which has more than 3 million miles. The Pete also has an aftermarket needle-nose and a Corvette dash.

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Photo gallery: Trucks under the sun on day 2 of SuperRigs

It's early yet on the second day of Shell Rotella's SuperRigs competition, but trucks are rolling through the judging line and lots of others are staging themselves on the lot at the zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C. Here's a quick peak at some of the trucks on hand this morning.

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Video: Custom ’95 Pete 379 showing at SuperRigs

Brian Babcock, owner of Automotive Additions, brought his '95 Pete to Shell Rotella's SuperRigs show at the zMax Dragway May 15, 2014. In this interview, he talks about some of the truck's features and why he enjoys showing it.

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Photo gallery: SuperRigs competitors brave the rain on Day 1

Shell Rotella's annual SuperRigs show began this morning at the zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C., to an uncooperative line of thunderstorms. Competitors, however, haven't been bashful, showing up to brave the conditions.

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Video: Award-winning ’88 Pete sports racing green stripes, chrome, 312-in. wheelbase

Joel Dawes, owner and operator of the small reefer fleet Dawes Contractor Carriers out of Waterford, Wis., has been toting this 1988 Peterbilt 379 around the show circuit the last two seasons.

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Passion for purple: Dispatcher Megan Folkes models with dad’s ’03 379

Megan Folkes, dispatcher at Gulf Logistics and Parish Transport in Ellisville, Miss., poses in this photo gallery with a 2003 Peterbilt 379 owned by her dad, Alton Folkes. Megan urged her owner-operator father to fix up a purple Pete, as that’s their favorite color.

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