Head-turning rigs make a splash at MATS truck show set-up

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Updated Mar 27, 2022

Dozens of pristine show trucks turned out for the PKY Truck Beauty Championship as part of the 2022 Mid-America Trucking Show — the 50th anniversary of the event.

From classic cabovers and antique long hoods to modern-day long hoods and even some aerodynamic trucks, Lot J behind the West Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville offers something for everyone. 

MATS officially kicks off Thursday, but the show truck lot began to fill up early in the week to give owners time to clean and polish their rigs before judging for the PKY competition. On Thursday evening at 8 p.m., the PKY Lights Show will give MATS attendees the opportunity to see the show trucks fully lit up.

Stay tuned to Overdrive the rest of the week for more coverage from the show, including more show trucks, educational sessions and more.

A sampling of the many trucks competing in the event can be seen below:

Jason Earlywine's 1989 Freightliner FLC120Jason Earlywine's 1989 Freightliner FLC120, "Back in Time," powered by a 400 Cummins with a 13-speed.

Dylan Giere's 1973 White Freightliner caboverSt. Henry, Ohio-based Dylan Transport and Dylan Giere showed this 1973 White Freightliner cabover. It features a 625-hp 5EK Cat with an 18-speed.

Charles Hale's 1985 Peterbilt 359 EXHDKentucky-based Charles Hale owns this 1985 Peterbilt 359 EXHD. It was originally ordered by Johnny Cash but was purchased new in 1985 from Peterbilt of Nashville by Aaron Oil Co. in Russell Springs, Kentucky.

Johnny Payton's 1993 Peterbilt 379Johnny Payton, a PKY Truck Beauty Championship regular, once again brought his can't-miss 1993 Peterbilt 379.

Mike Reaves Livestock's 1989 Kenworth W900Rowland, North Carolina-based Mike Reaves Livestock showed their 1980 Kenworth W900, which sits on a 290-inch wheelbase.

Mike Reaves' W900 engineReaves' W900 features a Cat 3408B V8.