Overdrive Pride & Polish: The heat is on

Jeff Botelho’s Peterbilt 379 tied with the Brinkers’ Freightliner Classic XL for Best
of Show Working Bobtail.

Las Vegas’ 100-degree-plus days have nothing on the hot winning streak of Brad Caton and Bob and Shelley Brinker, who extended their victories at Overdrive’s Pride & Polish during the Great West Truck Show June 28. They were joined by Jeff Botelho, Ryan Danylchuk and Bill Sandvik as Best of Show champs from the field of 40 entrants.

For Best of Show Working Bobtail, Botelho’s flamed 2007 Peterbilt 379 tied with the Brinkers’ well-known Legend of the Black Pearl, a tribute to Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” film trilogy and the Brinkers’ late daughter, Amie Knight. Caton, showing Eilen & Sons Trucking’s 2001 Peterbilt 379 and dump trailer, won Best of Show Working Combo.

The Brinkers and Caton also won Best of Show awards this year at two other Pride & Polish events: the 75 Chrome Shop contest in Wildwood, Fla., and the Paul K. Young Memorial Truck Beauty Championship in Louisville, Ky.

Caton’s Peterbilt has been getting three or four awards per show since he began competing with it last year, and grabbed five awards at Vegas, he says. The consistent wins are due to “the way we clean and detail stuff.”

For the Brinkers’ Legend, the five awards at Vegas bring their total to more than 70 for their 2000 Freightliner Classic XL under its current design. The truck also won dozens of awards with its former fantasy theme, Dragon On.

He and Shelley plan to keep the movie theme, and they’re probably not through developing it, Brinker says “We save up during the summer and do our little thing in the winter to surprise everybody for the next year,” he says.


Great West Truck Show Pride & Polish winners
Best of Show Working Bobtail (tie): 2007 Peterbilt 379, Jeff Botelho; 2000 Freightliner
Classic XL, Bob and Shelley Brinker

Best of Show Working Combo: 2001 Peterbilt 379, Brad Caton of Eilen and Sons Trucking

Best of Show Limited Mileage Combo: 1998 Peterbilt 379, Bill Sandvik
Second: 1998 Peterbilt 379 daycab, Mike Maggini
Third: 2005 Peterbilt 379, Vinnie Diorio of Rollin Transport
Fourth: 1997 Peterbilt 379 Extended Hood, John’s Truck Repair/Scrappers Racing
Fifth: 1996 Peterbilt 379, Chuck Prigge of Sandvik Trucking

Best of Show Limited Mileage Bobtail: 2001 Peterbilt 379, Ryan Danylchuk of EBD Enterprises
Second: 2007 International ProStar, Jim Carello of Regional International
Third: 2007 Kenworth W900L, LeRoy McRoberts and Charlie Rogers of Bad Boys Customs of Nebraska
Fourth: 1962 Peterbilt, Melvin Maggini
Fifth: 2001 Peterbilt 379 Extended Hood, Andy and Alex Goebel of Outlaw Customs

Working Bobtail 1981-1998:
First: 1998 Freightliner Classic, Michael Most
Second: 1992 Peterbilt 379, Isaac Aguilar of Sandvik Trucking
Third: 1981 Peterbilt 359, Ron Kelsey

Working Bobtail 1999-2002:
First: 2000 Freightliner Classic XL, Bob and Shelley Brinker
Second: 2000 Kenworth W900L, Boots Chivington
Third: 2001 Freightliner XL 132, Colton Pounds of Central Valley Transport

Working Bobtail 2006-2009:
First: 2007 Peterbilt 379, Jeff Botelho
Second: 2006 Peterbilt 379, Mike Miller of Prizm Express
Third (tie): 2006 Peterbilt 379, Bruce and Sandra Malmgren; 2008 Peterbilt 389, Jeremy Robinson of Taylor Transport

Antique Truck:
First: 1931 Ford Model A, Ruben Cendejas
Second: 1929 Ford Model AA, Dennis Houghtaling

Working Combo 1992-1998:
First: 1995 Peterbilt 379, Ryan Hooten
Second: 1994 Peterbilt 379 Extended Hood, Jeremy Smith of RAM Trucking
Third: 1998 Peterbilt 379, Kris Gaare

Working Combo 2007 & Newer:
First: 2001 Peterbilt 379, Brad Caton of Eilen & Sons Trucking
Second: 2007 Freightliner Columbia, Michael Salcido of Arrowhead Water/Nestles Water
Third: 2007 Peterbilt 386, Cliff King of Castle Rock Transportation

Interior (cab only):
First: 2001 Peterbilt 379, Brad Caton of Eilen & Sons Trucking
Second: 2002 Peterbilt 379, Randy and Jona Rebillard
Third: 1992 Peterbilt 379, Isaac Aguilar of Sandvik Trucking

Interior (OEM sleeper):
First: 2000 Freightliner Classic XL, Bob and Shelley Brinker
Second: 2007 Peterbilt 379, Jeff Botelho
Third: 1995 Peterbilt 379, Ryan Hooten

Interior (custom aftermarket sleeper): 2007 Peterbilt 386, Cliff King of Castle Rock Transportation

Bobtail Custom Paint and Graphics or Mural:
First: 2000 Freightliner Classic XL, Bob and Shelley Brinker
Second: 1998 Freightliner Classic, Michael Most
Third (tie): 2001 Freightliner XL 132, Colton Pounds of Central Valley Transport; 2002 Peterbilt 379, Randy and Jona Rebillard

Combo Custom Paint and Graphics or Mural:
First: 2001 Peterbilt 379, Brad Caton of Eilen & Sons Trucking
Second: 2007 Peterbilt 386, Cliff King of Castle Rock Transportation
Third: 1998 Peterbilt 379, Kris Gaare

Best Limited Mileage Interior (tie): 1998 Peterbilt 379 daycab, Mike Maggini; 2007 International ProStar, Jim Carello of Regional International

Best Limited Mileage Bobtail Paint: 2007 International ProStar, Jim Carello of Regional International

Best Limited Mileage Combo Paint (Tie): 1998 Peterbilt 379 daycab, Mike Maggini; 2005 Peterbilt 379, Vinnie Diorio of Rollin Transport

Truk Rodz Best Theme: 2007 Peterbilt 379 Legacy, Doug and Kim Fisher of Transport N Service

Roadworks Best Use of Chrome or Stainless: 1997 Peterbilt 379 Extended Hood, John’s Truck Repair/Scrappers Racing

People’s Choice: 1998 Freightliner Classic, Michael Most

Mobil Delvac Working Engine:
First: 1992 Peterbilt 379, Isaac Aguilar of Sandvik Trucking
Second: 2001 Pete 379, Brad Caton of Eilen & Sons Trucking
Third: 2000 Freightliner Classic XL, Bob and Shelley Brinker

Mobil Delvac Limited Mileage Engine: 1997 Peterbilt 379 Extended Hood, John’s Truck Repair/Scrappers Racing


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