‘El Dorado’ Peterbilt, with a wealth of awards, was no myth

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El Dorado was photographed by Paul Hartley of ADD Media at Texas Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys through 2008. The Cowboys moved to AT&T Stadium in 2009, and Texas Stadium was demolished in 2010. This photo appeared in the 2007 Pride & Polish calendar.El Dorado was photographed by Paul Hartley of ADD Media at Texas Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys through 2008. The Cowboys moved to AT&T Stadium in 2009, and Texas Stadium was demolished in 2010. This photo appeared in the 2007 Pride & Polish calendar. See all of the 30th anniversary coverage for Overdrive‘s Pride & Polish here.See all of the 30th anniversary coverage for Overdrive‘s Pride & Polish here.

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.

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