Working grain hauler with 4 million miles takes home beauty prize

| October 23, 2013

The big rigs were lined up 3-wide just outside the Kansas Speedway, and they were every bit as colorful and impressive as the NASCAR cars and trucks that race on the adjacent track – and much more practical. Appropriately, a hard-working grain hauler took home the President’s Choice award at the Heart of America Trucking Show’s Beauty Contest last weekend.Holthaus359 lo

Victor Holthaus of Axtell, Kan., an owner-op who’s put more than 4 million miles on his ’78 Pete 359, was recognized by Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association President Jim Johnston. The show was part of OOIDA’s 40th anniversary celebration.

Other top prize winners were

  • Best of Show – Working Bobtail: Scott Rud, Byron, Minn., for his 2000 silver and red Peterbilt 379.Rud379 lo
  • Best of Show – Working Combo: Jerry Mies/Mies and Sons Trucking, Colwich, Kan., for “Lactose Limousine,” a 2013 teal and white Peterbilt 389.Mies389 lo
  • People’s Choice: Howard and Cindi Bohn, Odessa, Mo., for “Tahitian Treat,” a 2013 Tahitian green International Lonestar.BohnLoneStar lo


  • Tom T

    God Bless him. That man deserved OOIDA`s award. They are all good looking trucks. The best I could was a million on a 95 Freightliner with the same engine. Cummins N14.

  • joe bielucki

    Great job Mr Holthaus, four million miles, truck looks just great, you are no slacker sir, well deserved.

  • Gil Wortsmann

    For the life of me, I do not understand how they can safely drive these tractors without fender mirrors. I am now 87 and the first thing I did in the fleets was to install fender mirrors and that was starting in the early 60’s, and am still active as a consulting driver trainer.

  • TJ Semcho

    I have 3 trucks from the early 2000’s all with about 1.5 million miles. I know what it’s taken to reach that point. The care and attention to all details that it would take to reach 4 is definitely award worthy. Congratulations Victor your accomplishment is as impressive as your Pete! strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.