Custom Rigs

Owner of classic W9 specializes in survival: ‘I refuse to lose’

John Jaikes is clearly a hard-working independent and a proud show truck exhibitor. What's not so obvious is that he's a survivor -- of repeat bouts with cancer and a wreck with a possibly suicidal four-wheeler.

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’88 Pete takes top billing at SuperRigs

Show truck vet Jake Lindamood and his 1988 Peterbilt 379 heavy hauler picked up the Best of Show nod this weekend at the 34th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs working show truck beauty contest, besting a crowded field of 89 participants throughout the weekend's three days of festivities.

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Photos: Top working show trucks on display in Joplin at Shell Rotella SuperRigs

A sampling of the working show trucks on display at this year's Shell Rotella SuperRigs event, where owner-operators and small fleet owners are vying for the contest's $10,000 top prize and spots in next year's SuperRigs calendar.

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Photos/video: SuperRigs takes over downtown Joplin with truck parade, Tony Justice concert, fireworks show

Dozens of custom Class 8 working combos and bobtails convoyed through Joplin, Mo., Friday night, eventually taking over the city's downtown streets with a four-hour block party that featured live music from trucker/singer-songwriter Tony Justice, an hours-long truck lights contest and fireworks show. Shell Rotella hosted the event, as part of its annual SuperRigs truck beauty contest

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Dave Triepke’s 2003 Kenworth W900

Dave Triepke and his girlfriend Karen Lacour pull a drop deck coast to coast with this 2003 Kenworth W900.

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ChampTruck descends on Illinois for free race this weekend

ChampTruck heads to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., this weekend for the fourth race of the season.

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SuperRigs returns to Joplin this week with a focus on trucks, veterans

Shell Rotella's SuperRigs competition will celebrate its 34th year in Joplin, Mo., in June, returning four years after the annual event pulled into town following a devastating tornado.

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Video series documents SuperRigs contenders

A new CarbonTV series, Roadworthy, is documenting the preparations four custom-truck teams put into trucks destined for Rotella's annual SuperRigs event -- some familiar names among them, and new faces.

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ISX15 SmartAdvantage™ Powertrain A Smart Choice for CTI

Mike O’Neill’s 2006 Kenworth W900

Mike O’Neill uses his 2006 Kenworth W900 to mostly haul auto parts from Kentucky to Arizona and back.

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Video slide show through ATHS’ national convention

The vid shows scenes from the Antique Truck Historical Society's national convention this past week in Salem, Ore., the biggest ATHS show of the year. And plenty of Class 8s at this one. ...

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