Shell Rotella’s SuperRigs competition will celebrate its 34th year in Joplin, Mo., this week, returning four years after the annual event pulled into town following a devastating 2011 tornado.
Aside from showcasing some of the most customized working Class 8 trucks in the U.S. June 9-11, SuperRigs will bring an economic boon to the city as it continues to rebuild itself following a 2011 EF5 tornado that caused nearly $3 billion in damages.
The 2012 SuperRigs was held at Speedco off I-44 at Exit 11, which also served as a grand reopening celebration for the location damaged by the tornado.
This year’s event will be held at the Joplin Convention & Trade Center. The event is geared toward owner-operator participants, and no staging is required: Judging takes place continually throughout the event as trucks come and go. Participants also receive a gift package valued at about $50, while supplies last.
This year’s event will also have a patriotic twist. Shell expects to team with Fastport, an agency that helps veterans find civilian jobs, to educate veteran attendees about the job opportunities that exist in trucking.