El Dorado was a legendary city or country boasting immense riches that 16th century explorers believed to exist in South America. It was also the name of the 1995 Peterbilt 379 extended hood owned by Tom and Kim Turner.
The Pete might not have earned gold and jewels for its owners, but if wealth were measured in show truck honors, it more than held its own. El Dorado won various Best of Show awards, including at the 2005 Pride & Polish, which led to its appearance on Overdrive’s cover. It won three awards at the 2006 Pride & Polish, two of them First Place.
“When that truck was new, it was green and fluorescent orange,” said Kim Turner at the time. Knowing the prior two owners, she also knew that the current paint scheme was at least its fourth.