Winning in Vegas

| August 04, 2009

Lady Luck showed two sides to Michael Most when he came to Las Vegas in June. He arrived three days before Overdrive’s Pride & Polish judging was to begin at the Great West Truck Show. His Corvette yellow 1998 Freightliner Classic, Legends & Heroes, was in perfect shape.

But as he was unhooking the trailer from his M&Ms-themed rig, the trailer slipped and crushed both custom fiberglass driver fenders and put a nasty crease across the mirror-finish deckplate and frame wrap.

“I was in a total panic,” says the owner of Michael Most Trucking. “I immediately got on the phone and called in every favor I ever had and indebted myself to others.” Thanks to all-night work by the local Freightliner dealer and expedited parts service from 4 State Trucks, the new fenders and deckplate were in place by move-in.

Most’s M&Ms truck went on to garner four awards, including First in Bobtail Custom Paint & Graphics or Mural.

Top awards went to Michael Salcido, a company driver for Arrowhead-Nestle Water, who took Best of Show Working Combo with his 2007 Freightliner Columbia, and to Homer Schultz III, of Homer’s Towing & Service, whose 1993 Peterbilt 379 tow truck won Best of Show Working Bobtail.

But the biggest crowd draw was Randy Grubb’s creation – a 1960 Peterbilt 351 logging truck artfully sculpted into an oversized coupe dubbed Piss’d Off Pete. The Oregonian’s hand-crafted, twin-supercharged Detroit-V-12-powered Blastolene creation attracted a lot of attention, as did Californian Mike Harrah’s hand-crafted Peterbilt hot-rod convertible driven by an 1,800-hp Patton tank engine.

Great West Truck Show winners

BEST OF SHOW WORKING BOBTAIL
Homer Schultz III, Homer’s Towing & Service, 1993 Peterbilt 379 tow truck

BEST OF SHOW WORKING COMBO
Michael Salcido, Arrowhead/Nestle Water, 2007 Freightliner Columbia/1991 Brenner tanker

BEST LIMITED MILEAGE BOBTAIL
Andy Zary, 1959 Mack B61, Touch of Class

PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER
Marcel Pontbriand, TLC Systems, 1989 Peterbilt/1993 Stoughton dry van, Little Train

ROADWORKS BEST USE OF CHROME
Juan Gonzalez, A&L Truck Supply, 1957 Peterbilt 350, El Chapulin

TRUK RODZ BEST THEME
Andy Zary, 1959 Mack B61, Touch of Class

WORKING BOBTAIL 2004 & Older
First: Homer Schultz III, Homer’s Towing & Service, 1993 Peterbilt 379 tow truck
Second: Michael Most, 1998 Freightliner Classic, Legends & Heroes
Third: Wes Malmgren, 2004 Peterbilt 379

WORKING BOBTAIL 2005 AND NEWER
First: Bruce Malmgren, 2006 Peterbilt 379
Second: Jeff Botelho, 2007 Peterbilt 379
Third: Alex Fimbres III, 2005 Peterbilt 379

NEW TRUCK BOBTAIL
First: New Venture Award – John Gonzalez, Yamko Trucklines, 2009 Peterbilt 388
Second: Michael Winburn, Shetakis Wholesalers, 2009 Peterbilt 335 Hybrid, Go Green

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