Georgia-based owner-operator Eric Turner Sr. earned Best of Show at the 36th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs in Raphine, Va., this past weekend with his 2015 Peterbilt 389 and 2018 Wally-Mo car hauler.
For winning the competition, Turner took home $10,000 from Shell Rotella and $5,000 from Mac Trailer. Turner’s Pete also picked up the award for Best Interior at the show.
“It feels so good to win the best of show,” Turner said. “Like I said earlier when I was in the judging lane, when I was growing up, all my dad ever had on his tool box was a Shell ROTELLA calendar. And he always said, ‘son one day, you’re going to be on that.’ I’ve never seen that vision, but I guess he’s seen it for me. My dad passed away last year. Thank you, Daddy.”
Matt Brune, out of Caldwell, Texas, picked up Best of Show first runner up, good for $4,000 from Shell Rotella and $3,000 from Mac Trailer, with his 1999 Peterbilt 379. Jay Blackbourne, of Fennimore, Wis., earned Best of Show second runner up for his 1999 Peterbilt 379.
First place winners in other categories include:
- Bradlee Garretson’s 2016 Peterbilt 389 and 2017 Mac trailer in the Tractor-Trailer division
- Andrew Good’s 2016 Kenworth W900 in the Tractor division
- Gerald Arthur Asbury’s 1999 Kenworth W900L in the Classic division
- Kaleb Hammett’s 2017 Peterbilt 389 in the Working Truck – Limited Mileage division
- John George’s 1974 Dodge C950 Bighorn as People’s Choice winner
- Michael Manuel’s 2015 Peterbilt 389 in the Show Truck division
The “Most Hard-Working Trucker” award was presented to William Warner for his 1997 Peterbilt 379, and the “What Matters is Inside” award, which honors drivers who have overcome hardships and challenges, was earned by James A. Rogers. Rogers is a disabled veteran who works with the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund helping drivers with illness or injury.